Lange Nacht der Museen – Highlights for Families

August 25, 2015

Kids in Museums, Germany

Just a few more sleeps until it’s that time of year again – Berlin’s ‘Lange Nacht der Museen‘ takes place this coming Saturday. You may or may not know, that Berlin was where the whole ‘long night of museums’ idea started – museums all across town will be opening their doors all through the night, many of them putting on special events just for the occassion. It’s been going since 1997, with one to two happening per year, and I’ve attended quite a few since we moved to Berlin. This year, at almost 5 years old, #MuseumBoy will be accompanying me for the first time! We’ve been invited by Livekritik to be one of several special museum bloggers for the night, specifically checking out some of the highlights for families, and #MuseumBoy is very excited to be ‘helping mummy with her work’ :D

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Officially, the Lange Nacht runs from 6pm until 2am the next morning, but of course I won’t be keeping my little helper up that late. Some of the museums running family events start early, from 3pm onwards, so I think we will still manage to get in a good few hours before his stamina runs out. If you pick up a paper copy of the programme – available e.g. at participating museums, tourist information centres, and public transport service points – the events particularly suitable for families are marked with a little family symbol. Or, even better, if you check out the programme online, you can apply a filter to bring up all the family events at once (plan by themes >> smart lists >> suitable for children).

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And if you mark your favourites, you can then easily find them all again under ‘My Tour’. You can also rename your favourites list and add a description, then share it with your friends and followers on social media. On the night itself, if you have smart phone  or tablet, your favourites will be available while you are on the move, and you can see which museums on your list are closest to where you currently are or which of your favourited events are about to start soon. Some of the family events are aimed at older children, so I’ve gone through the programme and selected some things which I think would be specifically suitable for a 4 to 5 year old.

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Here is our list of family favourites >> ‘Lange Nacht’ Highlights for Families

We won’t have time to do everything on the list, but having a short list will help narrow things down on the night. I’ve read out the descriptions to #MuseumBoy, and these are his top 3 things he wants to do:

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>> build and set off a water rocket 

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>> meet Darth Vader (he says DV will be nice that day because you need to be nice when you visit a museum!)

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>> visit the children’s museum, always a favourite

If you want to follow our progress on the night, you can catch up with us on Twitter and Instagram! Are you attending the ‘Lange Nacht’ with children this year? What highlights are you looking forward to?


Image sources: all images are screenshots from the ‘Lange Nacht der Museen’ website

 

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