Wednesday 17 – Saturday 20 May 2017

Museums at Night

11-14 May 2016 / 27-29 Oct 2016

Museums at Night: Blasts from the past

Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson

19/05/2017 18:00 - 21:15

When the lights go down, the themed event will showcase guns from the Royal Armouries’ national collection of artillery. Visitors will be given exclusive after-hours access to some of the unseen subterranean areas of Fort Nelson including the rarely opened and eerie underground West tunnel and experience the ground shake from the immense power of the 32-pounder in the North Caponier and witness the roar and agility of the World War II sexton on the parade. Costumed characters will provide insights throughout the evening. Throughout the evening costumed characters will provide presentations and handling sessions in the fort’s Artillery Hall and kitchen where visitors will be able to find out what Victorian garrison life was like for soldiers stationed at the Royal Armouries’ Fort Nelson during World War II, plus in the hospital gallery visitors will have the opportunity to experience the sights and smells of traditional Victorian medicine, examine a replica medicine bag and its contents and discover the pioneering work of Florence Nightingale. The retail shop and Café 1871 will be open throughout the evening for hot drinks and tasty treats. The Royal Armouries’ museum at Fort Nelson is home to one of the largest collections of artillery in the UK. Set within 19 acres, there is so much to see and explore after hours including the Ramparts, Parade, tunnels, and galleries.

Event type
Event / Late opening / Living history or re-enactment
Age range
Any age
Adults: £5
Children: £3 (aged 3-15 years)
Family ticket: £12.50 (1 adult & 3 children or 2 adults & 2 children).

(Pre- booking is essential via telephone 01329 233 734 or visit the Fort Nelson Visitor Centre).
Event Location

Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson
Royal Armouries Fort Nelson Portsdown Hill Road
PO17 6AN

Museums at Night: Blasts from the past

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Wednesday 17 – Saturday 20 May 2017