During Bonnefanten Free Fridays (#BFF), we open the doors for a free evening at the museum. With and for you.


Bonnefanten Free Friday:
June 7

Date: Friday, June 7
Time: 8 pm – 11 pm
Entrance: free

It's time for another exciting Bonnefanten Free Friday. This time in the theme of the rich culture of the Roma, Sinti and Polish communities!

Get carried away by the storytelling performance 'A Backpack Full of Mistrust'. A captivating combination of music and oral history, created by Carla Hardy in collaboration with Lalla Weiss, Cillia Mies and the royal Roma Heina Mirando Trio. A unique experience taking place among the beautiful tapestries of Małgorzata Mirga-Tas.

Historian Jac Lemmens takes you on a fascinating journey through the history of the Sinti. From their arrival in Western Europe six centuries ago to their role in the medieval era and their migration to Limburg. Musician and composer Roger Moreno provides the musical accompaniment.

In addition, you can participate in various workshops, enjoy traditional Sinti snacks, and, on a clear day, discover constellations from our iconic tower under the guidance of Sterrenwacht Limburg Observatory.

During Bonnefanten Free Fridays, all current exhibitions can be viewed free of charge.

Save the date(s)

  • Friday, 20 September 2024, 8 pm – 11 pm
  • Friday, 18 October 2024, 8 pm – 11 pm
  • Friday, 29 November 2024, 5 pm – 9 pm

What are the Bonnefanten Free Fridays?

A free evening at the museum. With and for you.

Museums are the treasures of society in which past and present come together. They are the memory of the city, region and country and offer new windows to the world or enlarge the existing perspectives. Especially in this time, where everything revolves around experiencing and experiencing yourself, museums are perhaps more important than ever. They are places for reflection, wonder and astonishment, all emotions that give museums an intrinsic value. This must of course be accessible to everyone. With #BFF we hope to give more people that accessibility.

During Bonnefanten Free Fridays (#BFF), we open the doors for a free evening in the museum. Each edition, we invite a surprising association, club, foundation or sub-culture to organise a unique programme together. As a starting point for the programme, we take the collections of ancient and contemporary art or the temporary exhibitions currently on show in the museum. The programming consists of various activities, which challenge the visitor to change from spectator to participant or even co-creator.

Made possible by Provincie Limburg, VriendenLoterij and Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap.

Previous editions:

Bonnefanten Free Friday: June 7 - What is freedom to you?

What is freedom to you? That's what we will find out on Friday, March 8, during a new edition of Bonnefanten Free Fridays. On behalf of the new exhibition 'Isaac Julien: What Freedom Is To Me' there will be a sparkling program filled with performances, music, lectures and various workshops.

This time we are collaborating with VISTA College, Amnesty International and COC Limburg.

BFF: Friday, October 13, 2023 - Kids edition

Did the snake used to have legs? What are those flies doing in a still life? What hungry animal ate that statue? On this evening, scientists talk about different works of art. You will learn all about cultured meat, hungry woodworms and broken paintings. You can also follow a workshop at various places in the museum and have a great dance at the silent disco. And while you're there: in the transformer you will be transformed into an amazing version of yourself.

BFF: Friday, September 15, 2023 - Silver Stars

Maastricht silver from the 17th-19th century has something very special: 'schwung' (vibrance). Many designs have been given a dashing twist by the silversmiths. The showpieces seem to dance!

This evening the designs from the exhibition 'Silver with Schwung' shine extra, in a glorious programme. For example, there are mini lectures by Pieternel Coenen (curator Sint Servaas Basilica Maastricht), Ingeborg Kroon (metal restorer) and Janjaap Luijt (research Maastricht silver). You will also find Art Talks led by Paul van den Biesen (Head of Collectors & Museums TEFAF), with guest speakers Daan Brouwer (contemporary artist and silversmith); Cathelijne Blok (art historian and founder of The TittyMag); Hugo Roosjen (Senior Transaction Manager at CBRE Investment Management and young silver collector).Together they answer the pressing question: what makes silver sexy?

Participate in an etiquette workshop or make your own metal key ring. Have your silver objects* appraised for free by certified appraisers and go on a speed tour of the silver and gold art treasures in the museum. The vibe is completed with the music of the Avanti symphony orchestra, spread over various places in the museum.

Vibrance (Schwung) assured!

BFF: Friday, June 23, 2023

Friday 23rd of June it's time again for Bonnefanten Free Friday.
Expect a free evening at the museum full of fun activities.

The focus is on meeting and connecting with different cultures.
The programme is set up with various interactive workshops, performances and other activities.
Get to know the Arabic language, learn different dance styles (such as the Palestinian Dabke or Salsa) and enjoy performances by Reinel Bakole and Veronique Efomi.

As a spoken word artist, Efomi tells true stories in the form of poetry with unexpected twists and double layers.
Bakole is known as a rising star in the Neo Soul scene, in which she puts on a unique performance as a singer, dancer and composer.

For those with an appetite, there will be a food market on the forecourt organised by members of Stichting Grenzeloos, and others.
Learn more about their stories while enjoying various snacks from different countries.

BFF: Friday, March 10, 2023 - TEFAF Welcome Party 

Every Bonnefanten Free Fridays (#BFF) we surprise visitors with a free evening in the museum.

This time, we are working closely with the 'Oud-Limburgse Schuttersfederatie' on the occasion of the Standard Bearer on Tour. Like the museum, the museum shop and Ipanema will also be open.

On the occasion of TEFAF Maastricht, it will be an extra festive evening with plenty of focus on art, Limburg archers and standard-bearers, and music. Such as an interview with artist Berlinde De Bruyckere, art talks with experts, workshops, a swinging performance by Jazzsounds and party lovers can dance in the tower!


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