Wednesday 17 – Saturday 20 May 2017

Museums at Night

11-14 May 2016 / 27-29 Oct 2016

The UK’s ‘Lates’ festival for the culturally curious.

Museums at Night next explodes into life from Thursday 25 to Saturday 27 October 2018 and the fun is repeated every Halloween.

Twice a year, not-for-profit cultural publisher Culture24 invites all UK museums, galleries, libraries and heritage sites to throw open their doors after hours to showcase their treasures in unexpected ways.

Museums at Night is an opportunity for museums and galleries to come together around a single, simple campaign that is attractive to venues, audiences and the media. It’s a social experience, where visitors can get involved, delve deeper into fascinating subjects and perhaps enjoy a cocktail or two with friends.

Museums at Night in May ties in with the European campaign, La Nuit Des Musées, and takes place on the weekend nearest to 18 May, International Museums Day. Museums at Night in October coincides with Halloween, and often sees more museums programming spooky events.

The festival has grown rapidly since Culture24 took it over in 2009, with over 500 participating venues, 700 events and 100,000 visitors each year. The BBC covered the festival with an hour-long documentary programme hosted by Will Gompertz. See more about the documentary and what happened in 2014.

To everyone involved in the festival, venues and visitors, we hope you have a wonderful time!

“We all know British culture is rich and diverse. But how exciting to experience this in a new way – at night-time, when lights go down and our imaginations are in charge!

Museums at Night weekend is a fantastic opportunity for museums and galleries to get together to put on events that allow us to celebrate our heritage in new and exciting ways – perhaps discovering a cultural gem on our doorstep that we didn’t even know existed.”

Lauren Laverne


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Tickets are available for May festival events from January and for the October festival from June. We update our website 24/7 with the latest listings, and events are added right up to the festival week.

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Future dates of Museums at Night

To help with your advance planning, here’s when the festival will take place over the next few years – pop the dates in your calendar now!

Thursday 25 – Saturday 27 October 2018

Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 May 2019
Thursday 31 October – Saturday 2 November 2019

Wednesday 17 – Saturday 20 May 2017