BUENOS AIRES – Thousands of people flooded the streets of Buenos Aires on Sunday for the 14th edition of “The Night of the Museums,” during which 260 cultural institutions in Buenos Aires opened their doors free to the public until the early hours.
A warm spring night was the perfect setting for Buenos Aires residents to turn out to enjoy the wide-ranging cultural programs on offer.
More than 260 museums, galleries and cultural centers opened their doors free of charge and moved some of their more than 1,000 activities out into the street between 8 pm Saturday and 3 am Sunday to entertain the public.
The Night of the Museums originated in Berlin in the 1990s, and since then, cities around the world have adopted the idea.
Buenos Aires has been involved with the project for 14 years and is “the only city in the world” in this most recent edition of the cultural festival to draw “a million-and-a-half visitors,” Mariano Oropeza, a member of the organizing team for the capital’s Heritage, Museums and Historic District General Directorate, told EFE.
Oropeza said that the “magnitude” of the Buenos Aires event “greatly exceeds the initial idea to reassess the museums’ resources” and, in doing that, it has transformed itself into “the biggest cultural event in ... Buenos Aires.”
In addition, almost 100 urban bus and metro lines offered their services free to the public and the city’s access roadways and highways lifted their toll requirements so that locals and tourists could enjoy with city’s cultural offerings completely free.