Once every year, in most cities of Germany, most of the art galleries, museums and other public exhibition places stay up late and let all their friends inside for a very cheap price. It was on this night that we got to see what Wilhelmshaven has to offer when the sun goes down.
Our first place to visit was the Aquarium. While the place is open until something like midnight, the animals aren’t so active at such a time. We decided to see them during their feeding, seemingly, the only guaranteed time that animals are active. Unless, of course, it’s a snake, which I’ve seen ignore its dinner for a good few hours… lazy, lazy snake.
We watched the seals, which are apparently found wild near here, sometimes. They performed some basic tricks, but it was their dinner time so they were just blessing us with some entertainment because they could.
Interestingly there was an Amazon exhibition on there, so many of the insects, some snakes and a Caiman that we’ve seen when we visited the Amazon. It was the warmest part of the Aquarium.
In the Marine Museum, we watched the local gymnastic club showcase their little child performers. A group of boys under 6 showed off their strength on some blocks, this had many women crying. 2 teenage young ladies then performed a self choreographed chair balancing dance thingy… it was impressive. The chairs held the weight of the two girls as they held each other in gravity defying moves. Lastly, all the kids got to do some moves running down the runway, flipping, cartwheeling, somersaulting and all those fun things, that I can still remember not enjoying when I was their age.
We visited 2 art galleries. The smaller one was holding an exhibition where the artists were to choose a poem or lyric and do an artwork reaction to it. There was an old lady there talking to an artist about how her Syrian friend really liked the work and could talk about it in his newly learn German. He stood behind them both and just nodded.
The other gallery, the state-city gallery, has more space, bigger artworks and different themes. The construction of the gallery is always an interesting thing to me. I really don’t think it was meant to be a gallery, but I’m not sure what else it was meant to be. Maybe that’s how it ended up as a gallery… nobody could think of what to do with the strange building. A man performed on his Cello, in the corner, he had one, really, really interested fan. I watched too, with some interest, but it was hard because, if he was improvising, he wasn’t doing the best of the job and seemed like he was searching for ideas to leap off. Another main problem was that the other attendees were more concerned with drinking the wine and bragging about themselves or their understanding of the art or the artist or the music.
Our dinner was some Tapas at the Spanish Club. We actually went there in the expectation of dancing and getting some Tapas… we got half of what we wanted. There were some really drunk people in this place. That was entertaining.
We hope to make it to some other towns’ Long Night of the Museums, to see all that they offer. The bigger the city, the more options of places to enjoy.