Summer Museum Night: Slovenian museums welcome after-hours visitors

Slovenia's 18th Summer Museum Night was held on Saturday evening, with more than 60 museums and galleries opening their doors to visitors from 6 p.m. to midnight free of charge.

Venues displayed their colorful collections and some hosted a variety of activities like concerts, seminars and workshops. And with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing its spread, some events were moved online.

"Summer Museum Night is an opportunity to remind people how beautiful and interesting it is here," said Aleksandra Berberih Slana, head of the Slovenian Museums Association.

Measures in place to control the spread of the virus have impacted footfall in museums but the event aimed at encouraging more people to enter these time capsules while ensuring their safety.

Most museums in Slovenia have reopened since May 4 after COVID-19 restrictions eased.

In addition to the National Museum of Slovenia, the Slovenian Museum of Natural History, and other large museums, the country boasts a collection of unique museums, such as the Old Vine House, the Museum of Salt Making, and the Museum of Apiculture.

Summer Museum Nights take place on the third Saturday in June every year in Slovenia.

(Cover: Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of Slovenia. /CFP)