Fancy a free night exploring Prague’s museums?…Try these 5 top tips for making the most of your night at the museums!
You know the Ben Stiller film “A night at the museum” where he is a security guard at the Natural History Museum in New York and while working the graveyard shift to his astonishment the primeval beasts and storied icons that surround him stir magically to life–and total havoc ensues? Unfortunately during my night at the museum it didn’t happen to me 🙁
Last night in Prague was the 11th year that the city’s 39 museums, galleries and cultural institutions kept their doors open until 1 am for a twilight view of their treasures. And do you know what the best part is? ITS TOTALLY FREE! Yes that’s right, any other time of the year you have to pay to visit these places and last night they were open to the public free of charge aaannndddd they provide free transport between each museum free of charge too! Great right?!
Having 39 establishments open their doors for FREE can be a bit overwhelming even to the most dedicated of museum bombers! So here are a few tips that helped me enjoy the best of a night at the museums.
What to do first??
Since there is just so much to choose from how do you pick what to see first? The best thing to do is to get the list of all the places that are open and ask yourself which ones are important to you? What are your interests? Which places would you enjoy visiting? How many can you realistically see without rushing around like a mad cow all evening?
Plan your route
The great thing about this night is that special transport is put on to take you from place to place so you don’t have to worry about how to get from point A to B. An additional benefit is the museum night website has developed a special route planner so you can plot out your fun evening with ease.
Prague Museum Night is very popular, not only with visiting tourists but also with the locals (myself included), so it is best to get a head start and begin early to avoid long queues into the most popular attractions. If you have a definite favorite head there first to avoid disappointment.
As I said before don’t plan too much for your evening. You will have a much better experience if you dedicated yourself to a handful of places rather than running around seeing as much as possible in a short amount of time. Take your time, enjoy the evening, stop for a late night coffee to keep you awake and spend time in each place.
Try something new
As you would expect on any night where the most popular museums (and the most expensive ones) open their doors for free they will be inundated with visitors. However I found visiting “off-the-beaten-path” museums have a more relaxed atmosphere and you may even find some of them interesting.
This special night is definitely worth a trip to Prague especially if you love museums or are on a tight budget! Not only does it save you a heap of money on entrance fees it gives you a different prospective of the galleries and museums, visiting them a night give them a extra special hint of excitement.
NOTE: This is an annual event that is almost always held in June. The date for 2015 has not yet been released so if you plan to visit Prague next year it might be worth checking for updates so you don’t miss out on the best museum night of the year!
Whats your most favorite museum? Would you attend a night at the museums in Prague?