The annual Nuit des Musées is this weekend and is an autumn event we always look forward to! On October 8th, you’ll be able to visit Museum Smile’s seven museums from 7pm until 1am with a special program that includes guided tours, music, performances, workshops, culinary surprises and a festive afterparty at Mudam Luxembourg. In order to facilitate the nightly tour, there is a combined ticket for the seven museums, as well as free shuttle buses. You can find all the information you need about booking tickets and the full program here.
Here’s some info on the seven museums open late this weekend, but that are also great to visit all year round!
The Villa Vauban is a beautiful and charming museum located right in the heart of Luxembourg City. It holds artworks acquired by wealthy private individuals in the 18th and 19th centuries, and currently also has an exhibit for John constable’s English countryside paintings. If you want a relaxed and informational museum, the Villa Vauban is a great one to check out!
When: Open Monday – 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 it’s opening, it has been expanded multiple times to incorporate the numerous permanent and temporary exhibitions. Currently there is a temporary exhibit for Gast Michels, a pioneer of showcasing movement and color in paintings. Check out this museum for a spectacular look into European and Luxembourish history!
When: Tuesday- Sunday from 10am – 6pm, open late Tuesday 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 well as offers many workshops and events, check out their website for more details!
When: Tuesday- Sunday from 10am- 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 Luxembourg focuses on contemporary creation, not on collection and conservation. The art showcased here emphasizes risk-taking, creativity, and experimentation. They have several temporary exhibits our right now such as, “Slow Days” and the “The Never Never” which are currently up until 29 January!
When: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 11am – 7pm. Open Thursdays from 11am – 9pm. 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. It showcases birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, shells, and anatomical objects. Today the museum has grown to use three buildings, as the large collection was not suitable for just one building.
October 8 through May 29 the museum will be offering a temporary exhibit called “Impact,” which will showcase the lighting attack on plant and animal populations.
When: Closed on Mondays, but open from January- December from 10am- 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 “Collections” which is a celebration for their 10 year anniversary! This exhibit will be showcased until 3 December. The permanent collection includes historical photographs illustrating the fortress before and during its dismantling, and 600 original objects and documents that capture the history of the fortress and 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.
When: Open Thursday- Monday from 10am-6pm. Open on Wednesday from 10am – 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.