Held two weekends ago, organizers have revealed that the most recent installment of the Long Night of Museums smashed all prior attendance records.
Drawing a total of 230,000 people, the Royal Castle proved the biggest winner after attracting 19,000 visitors. Coming in second, Wilanów Palace drew 16,000, whilst the cult Neon Museum came third with 15,500 sightseers.
Celebrating its 18th edition this year, the Long Night of Museums has grown from a minor event (the first edition saw 16,000 people file through eleven venues) to a mighty juggernaut.
In 2019, 185,000 people participated; impacted by Covid, the following year saw the event cancelled altogether whilst 2021 drew 175,000 – 130,000 of which choosing to attend online events.
Regarded as one of Warsaw’s annual highlights, the event traditionally sees museums, galleries and institutions fling their doors open throughout the night. Featuring also historical reenactments, live performances and a feast of nighttime attractions, 2022 saw a total of 202 institutions take part.
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