The sixth annual Night of Museums begins Saturday across Estonia with the theme, "Stars in the Night", or in Estonian, Öös on tähti, highlighting a series of night events.
There will be more than 130 museums participating, but this year, churches, archives, exhibition galleries, and the entire village of Ääsmäe, which is south of Tallinn in Saue Parish, are offering a special Museum Night program. For the first time, the Tallinn Botanical Gardens will also be open for museum night visitors.
One of the highlights on the program will be the Estonian Firefighting Museum in Tallinn, at Raua Street 2, which will open its 11-story tower for the general public for the first time. The event will include special tours and storytelling about the building's history. The language will be Estonian, but the view from the top should make up for it.
Those that are interested in the topic of propaganda, past and present, might be interested in the themed program "Red Stars in the Night" at the Estonian History Museum in Maarjamäe palace, northwest of Tallinn. Visitors will be invited to look into how propaganda and information wars were waged during and after World War I. The exhibitions are English-speaker friendly.
Other programs in English include the St John the Baptist’s Hospital in Tallinn, or Alms-house (Rävala Street, next to Swissôtel), which is also open for the first time during Museum Night this year. It will have a free tour in English at 19:00.
Most of the museums participating will have their permanent and current exhibitions open for public in addition to the special Museum Night programs, and will keep their doors open from 18:00 to 23:00. For more info on what is open in your area, go to the website (the interactive maps are in Estonian).