Night of Museums 2016 – Waves in the Night

On Saturday 14th May, Estonian museums will open their doors for visitors for a night of special events and exhibitions, celebrating the Night of Museums in Estonia for the eight year running. In 2016, the Museum Night will take place under an umbrella theme of Waves in the Night - or, in Estonian, Öös on laineid. Last year, more than 110 000 people partcipated in Night of Museums, which was an all-time attendance record for the event.

Since a wide variety of museums and other cultural organizations participate in the special programme, the Night of Museums makes it possible to discover a wide variety of perspectives on the topic. In addition to the sea waves there are fashion- and trend-, light- and soundwaves. How do waves form? How to they transport ships, transmit ideas and light? What is currently creating waves around us? How do heateaves form and when did sporst spectator started doing waves in packed stadiums?

According to Laura Kipper, one of the main organisers of the big museum event, there are more and more tourists visiting Museum Night events across Estonia. "Visitors from Finland, Latvia and Russia have definitely discovered our Museum Night and our museums are recognising this as well, trying to provide more English tours and events during the night – or to make sure the event can be enjoyed to the full regardless of what language you speak."

For tourists staying in Tallinn centre, the programme of the Museum Night is always just a few steps away: most of Tallinn centre museums are participating in the programme. "Ask your hotel reception for advice – they will be able to point you to the nearest participating museum, and there will be Museum Night programmes available at most museums. For example Lai Street in Tallinn Old Town has a new exciting museum in almost every 100 steps," adds Laura Kipper.

The museums participating in the programme will open their doors from 6 pm to 11 pm and during this time the entrance will be free – in previous years the number on participating museums has been more than a hundred. Every year the participating number of archives, galleries, churces, organizations who deal with knowledge, history and memory has grown. Special programs for the Night of Museums have been in preparation since the beginning of the year and they will be available online April the latest.

The Night of Museums is organized by Estonian museums and the Estonian Museum Association. For more info, see has gathered some recommendations on where to go when Museum Night strikes


Külli Lupkin,, +372 5554 2357
Laura Kipper,, +372 5621 5787


Triin Männik,, +372 56201104