• Posted:Tuesday, January 19, 2010
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Spend a night at the museum in Berlin

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Spend a night at the museum in Berlin
You might recall a certain film from a few years back that saw Ben Stiller play a night watchman at the Museum of Natural History - running around after cowboys, mischievous monkeys and the occasional elephant. Comedies aren't my usual cup of tea, I tend to prefer adventure movies, but something about Night at the Museum ticked my fancy.

I suppose it's a similar thing to Toy Story, the idea that seemingly inanimate objects could come to life when no-one is looking. Indeed, the last time I was staying in a New York hostel I was tempted to try and hang around after closing time to see if I could spot any dinosaurs taking a wander. But, alas, that was never really going to be.

However, if you're planning a stay in cheap Berlin hostels at the end of this month you may well get to live out my fantasy. I'm not suggesting that the exhibits are particularly likely to come to life, but at least you'll get the chance to find out on the Long Night of Museums.

This regular event sees more than 100 museums and cultural institutions in the city keep their doors open long after you would normally be kicked out. January 30th is the date to remember, with the night officially defined as taking place from 18:00 to 02:00 local time.

And it's not just the collections, exhibitions and art that you can enjoy if you're staying in a cheap Berlin hostel, as concerts and theatrical performances will be held around the same time to mark the occasion.

In a recent article for Florida's Sandspur newspaper, Brendan Monroe observed that the tradition of hostelling actually began in Berlin - all the more reason to check out this great city.
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