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Planning to be in France in May? Save your museum outings for Saturday night, May 19. Entrance fees will be waived and visitors will be encouraged to linger at exhibitions past midnight. It’s all part of a European initiative called “La Nuit des Musees” aimed at attracting a younger museum-going audience.
This is the initiative’s third year. A total of 940 museums in France have signed on. Details of special programs at participating venues will be available shortly at the Web site. Last year the operation attracted 1.5 million visitors and many of the museums staged plays, readings, and concerts as part of the initiative’s charm offensive.
Other European countries participating in the initiative include Armenia, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Romania, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.