Here’s all you need to know about Luxembourg City’s 7 museums that make up Museum Smile just in time for the 20th Anniversary of Nuit des Musées on October 9th.
The Nuit des Musées has become an annual event not to be missed by culture and heritage enthusiasts, allowing them to visit the seven museums of the group from 7pm until 1am. This year you’ll discover a special program that includes guided tours, music, performances, workshops, culinary surprises and a festive afterparty at Casino Luxembourg organised by Lagerkultur. In order to facilitate the nightly tour, a combined ticket for the seven museums has been introduced as well as free shuttle buses. You can find all the information you need about booking tickets and the full program here.
Can’t make it to the Museum Night? Here’s breakdown of the Museum Smile’s 7 Museums:
Set in a park, the Villa is an oasis of calm in the middle of the city. The exhibitions are housed in a nineteenth century mansion displaying the art collections of the City of Luxembourg dating from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. currently on display the museum has a collection named “Collection of Old Master Paintings”. This collection focuses on Dutch paintings from the Golden Age, and the collection portrays French history and landscape painting.
On October 9, the museum is offering an event for children that is apart of the 20 years Nuit des Musées program. This event takes place from 5p.m. until 11p.m., is hosted in many languages, and allows children to express their creativity by making their own mini-mosaic! For a full list of activities, exhibitions, and events check out the link below.
When: Open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm, open late Friday evenings until 9pm. Closed Tuesdays and 1 January, 1 November, 25 December
Where: 18 Avenue Emile Reuter (map)
Cost: Adults €5, Reduced fee €3. Free admission for all on Fridays between 6pm and 9pm.
National Museum of History and Art
The rich cultural heritage of Luxembourg is on show in the contemporary building that was completed in 1939, since its opening it has been expanded multiple time to incorporate the numerous permanent and temporary exhibitions. Currently, Luxembourg artist Robert Brandy has a temporary collection showcasing his beautiful paintings. If you are into photography you might want ti check out the temporary Rethinking Landscape exhibit. This exhibit raises awareness of the increasingly unbalanced relationship between man and nature, this exhibit is only available until October 17.
If you can not make it to either of these temporary exhibits you can always check out the permanent collections such as: Fine Arts, Arts and Crafts, Coins and Metals, and the Archaeology collection.
When: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm, open late Thursday evenings until 8pm. Closed Mondays, also closed 1 January, 1 November, 25 December.
Where: Marché aux Poissons (map)
Cost: Entrance to the permanent displays is free. There is a charge for temporary exhibitions, €7 or €5 reduced rate.
Lëtzebuerg City Museum
This museum was constructed in 1996 and the amazing architecture was done by Conny Lentz. If you decide to visit this museum you may notice the glass cage that spans the height of the building, it is meant for visitors to admire the natural landscape right outside the building.
The museum offers two permanent collections: The Luxembourg Story which brings to life more than 1000 years of urban history, and the Muerbelsmillen which allows you to dive deep into the history of the milling industry. As for temporary exhibits, the museum offers Gleef Dat Net…! an exhibit that showcases conspiracy theories from the past and the present.
When: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Open Thursday evenings until 8pm. Closed Mondays and 1 January, 1 November and 25 December.
Where: 14 Rue du Saint-Esprit (map)
Cost: Adults €5, Reduced fee €3. Free entrance on Thursday evenings between 6pm and 8pm.
The forum for contemporary art at Casino focusses on contemporary creation, not on collection and conservation. The art showcased here emphasizes risk-taking, creativity, and experimentation.
The exhibition named “Stronger than Memory and Weaker than Dewdrops” is offered here from September 25 until January 30. The exhibit showcases Karolina Markiewicz’s and Pascal Piron’s artistic masterpieces.
When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 11am – 7pm. Open Thursdays from 11am – 11pm. Closed Tuesdays, 1 January, 1 November and 25 December.
Where: 41, rue Notre-Dame (map)
National Museum of Natural History
This is the place to come to discover the natural sciences of Luxembourg. The original museum opened its doors to the public in 1854 and showcased birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, shells, and anatomical objects. Today the museum has grown to use three buildings, the large collection was not suitable for just one building.
October 8 through May 29 the museum will be offering a temporary exhibit called “Lost Ocean” which will showcase marine life over the years. Permanent collections are offered here and span the first two floors of the building. If you are interested in upcoming events, the museum hosts a science festival from November 11 to 14!
When: closed on Mondays, but open from January to December from 10am to 6pm
Where: 25, rue Münster (map)
Cost: Adults €5, Reduced rate €3, Free admission: students, Individuals under 21 years old, Museumskaart holders, LuxembourgCard holders, and ICOM members.
Musée Dräi Eechelen
Housed in the restored eighteenth century Fort Thüngen, the permanent galleries of the museum document the history of the fortress in relation to Luxembourg City. The two are closely linked, as military history has shaped the appearance and identity of the city since the Middle Ages. The building itself forms a major part of the exhibit; the visitor can explore the network of fantastically preserved tunnels inside.
The temporary exhibit that is being showcased until November 28 is named “Legionnaires. War and migration routes between Luxembourg and France”. Permanent collection includes historical photographs illustrating the fortress before and during its dismantling and around 600 original objects and documents that capture the history of the fortress and show the richness of the collection.
When: Tuesday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Open late on Wednesday evenings until 8pm. Closed Mondays, 1 May, 23 June, 15 August, 1 November, 25 December, and 1 January.
Where: 5 Park Dräi Eechelen (map)
Cost: Permanent Exhibition is free. Temporary exhibitions: Adults €7, Students Free.
Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Mudam)
The collections of contemporary art at Mudam are of international importance, with no type of expression excluded. The quality and variety of art works on offer, combined with the impact of the beautiful exhibition spaces of this award winning building, make for a dynamic exhibitions program.
The museum consists of around 700 works of art, and currently 8 collections are showcased at Mudam. The 8 collections include:
- 25 years of the Mudam Collection
- Stephan Balkenhol, Portaits de SS.AA.RR. Le Grand-Duc Jean et La Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte & Relief : Castle
- Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Mudam Café
- Miguel Palma, Pays/scope
- Michel Paysant, Nano-portraits de SS.AA.RR. le Grand-Duc Henri et la Grande-Duchesse Maria Teresa
- Martin Szekely, Lobby
- Su-Mei Tse, (E:R) conditionné
- Bert Theis, Drifters
When: Open Thursday to Monday from 10am to 6pm. Open on Wednesday from 10am until 9pm. The museum is closed on Tuesday’s.
Where: 3 Park Dräi Eechelen (map)
Cost: Adults €8. Free entrance for individuals under 21, students, and everyone on Wednesday evenings from 6pm until 9pm.