The European Night of Museums in 2022 takes place on 14 May. Its traditional organizer is the French Ministry of Culture and Communications, and the initiative is under the auspices of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and UNESCO. The event involves more than 4,000 museums in 40 European countries.
In Plovdiv, residents and tourists in the city can also enjoy a number of related events, as well as free access to some exhibitions.
Municipal Institute Ancient Plovdiv, which celebrates two important anniversaries - 53 years since its founding and 66 years since the establishment of the Ancient Plovdiv Architectural and Historical Reserve, is included in the Night with five sites and one special event. Between 6 pm and 8 pm there’ll be free access to the House of Dr. Stoyan Chomakov - a permanent exhibition of Zlatyu Boyadzhiev, Balabanov House, Hindlian House, the Roman Stadium of Philippopolis and Roman Stadium of Philippopolis - eastern sector.
The Balabanov House will host a concert - European composers in the European Night of Museums and Galleries from 6 pm to 7 pm. Participants: Janeta Stegareva - soprano, Andrey Naydenov - tenor altino, piano - Prof. Dr. Galina Apostolova. In the program: duets and solo arias from works by G. Donizetti, Mozart and D. Cimarosa. The entrance is free and available until all the seats are taken.
Regional History Museum - Plovdiv joins the night with an exhibition called The Unification of Bulgaria since 1885 on Saedinenie Square and the Bulgarian Revival exhibition on Tsanko Lavrenov Street, which will operate with free admission between 6 pm and 11:30 pm.
The Unification of Bulgaria since 1885 exposition will start the European Night of Museums with an organ concert. From 6 pm Mrs. Velislava Karagenova and Mrs. Nadezhda Kuzmanova will perform works by Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901), Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) and Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). During the European Night of Museums in the hall for temporary exhibitions on Saedinenie Square 1 you can see the exhibition The Egg, which includes the personal collection of eggs by Dr. Vanya Velkova, consisting of over 370 eggs from 60 countries on 6 continents and Easter eggs from the fund of the Regional History Museum, which in 1939 were donated to the mayor of Plovdiv Bozhidar Zdravkov by Tsar Boris III and Queen Joanna.
The Bulgarian Revival exhibition is taking part in the European Night of Museums with a wonderful initiative of the Haiduti Association, whose members will donate a reconstructed costume of Hadzhi Dimitar to the museum. The costume was reconstructed from a photo from the tailor Ivan Garbacha, the production took a month, the garment was sewn by hand and only authentic materials were used - 12 meters shayak and 200 meters gaytan. The head of the mannequin, on which the costume will be presented, is a 3D reconstruction of the face of Hadzhi Dimitar. Visitors will be able to see and take pictures with the donation, which will later become part of the permanent exhibition Bulgarian Revival of the Regional History Museum - Plovdiv.
Museum of Natural History
One of the biggest attractions for children related to the accumulation of knowledge is the Natural History Museum in Plovdiv. In it, young and old can see the extremely rich exhibitions, starting from minerals, through reptiles and reaching the hall with butterflies and the Planetarium.
On Saturday night, the entire museum exposition will be free of charge from 6 pm to 11 pm, and the Planetary Hall and Butterfly Hall will be closed.
The Archaeological Museum under the hills celebrates 140 years since its establishment this year and on this occasion the original of the Panagyurishte treasure arrived at the beginning of the week. The gold will be exhibited only for a period of 1 month - from 10.05 to 12.06.2022 and as a gesture to the citizens and guests of the city in honor of its anniversary and the European Night of the Museum there will be 2 free talks about the magnificent work.
They will take place on May 14 (Saturday) from 11:30 am and 3 pm, and to attend you only have to pay the entrance fee for the museum. The working hours for viewing the exhibitions will be from 10 am to 6 pm.
On May 14, 2022, the Regional Ethnographic Museum - Plovdiv will again be part of the European Night of Museums adventure. From 6 pm to 11 pm the entrance to the museum will be free, and on site you can enjoy:
• The permanent exhibition presenting the way of life and culture of the population of the Plovdiv region during the Revival
• The apron - symbol and apotropaic - an exhibition of the Regional Ethnographic Museum - Plovdiv, part of the official program Heritage II of Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019.
• Milyo Marinov Baltov. The romantic image of faith. 150 years since the birth of the artist - an exhibition of the Historical Museum - Strelcha
• Wine and Gourmet Parade - the special event that will take place throughout the day in the yard of REM - Plovdiv and will last until 11 pm.
City Art Gallery
Four of the buildings of the City Art Gallery in Plovdiv will work with free admission, and three of them will have extended opening hours on May 14.
From 10 am to 8 pm, everyone will be able to view 45 canvases of expressive paintings by the great artist Encho Pironkov in his posthumous exhibition at 1 Vasil Kanchev Street in the Old Town;
Until 8 pm, the Kapana Gallery, which hosts the joint exhibition of paintings by Kalina Mavrodieva and Yuliy Takov, Steps in Memory, will also receive visitors free of charge.
Minko Mihailov's photographic exhibition Asia, which can be seen on the first floor of the Temporary Exhibition Halls at 15 Knyaz Alexander I Street, will be available to the public free of charge from 10 am to 8 pm.
With free admission until 6 pm will be the permanent exhibitions Tsanko Lavrenov and Mexican Art, as well as the Annual Student Exhibition of Chernorizets Hrabar Primary School in the building at 11 Artin Gidikov Street in the Old Town.
On May 14, the Gallery will join the traditional Wine and Gourmet Parade with the courtyards of the Icon Collection (22 Saborna Street) and the Permanent Exhibition Georgi Bozhilov - Slona (1 Knyaz Tseretelev Street).