The 14th Night of Museums in Opole passed without masks and limits on the number of people participating in the event. Every interested person could freely enjoy the offer of nine cultural institutions in Opole. The event was coordinated by our Museum.
The idea for this year's programme turned out to be very good. There were quite a few people willing to take a curatorial tour of the temporary exhibition Mascot Animals in the Polish Armed Forces in the Years 1918-1945 and the permanent exhibition on the Site of National Remembrance in Łambinowice. Not only the young enthusiastically competed in the exhibition halls in quizzes and the board game Miś Wojtek, and watched the animated film of the same name.
What encouraged the numerous Ukrainian families in Opole to visit the CMJW were art workshop for children given by the artist Natalia Nosova in Polish and Ukrainian.
Those who could not come to the Museum in person were not forgotten either. One of the events on the programme could be attended – live – via Facebook. It was a meeting with the British singer and multi-instrumentalist Katy Carr, who spoke (and sang) from London about her work inspired by Polish history, including the history of Polish soldiers and Wojtek the Bear.
Especially the younger visitors to the Night of Museums in Opole eagerly and late into the night participated in the game I am looking for an intruder, which consisted in finding objects of each involved institution in the museum exhibition that do not belong there. In our case it was an X-ray lamp from the collection of the Museum of X-ray Tubess of the Opole University of Technology.
The documentary film About Animals and People about the wartime work of Antonina and Jan Żabiński in the Warsaw zoo, which could be watched in the Museum courtyard after dark, attracted considerable interest.
On Saturday night, which enjoyed the honorary patronage and the (financial) support of the Marshal of Opolskie Voivodeship, Andrzej Buła, and the Mayor of Opole, Arkadiusz Wiśniewski (as the organiser), our small Opole seat was visited by almost a thousand people!