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!
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
If you have a query regarding a specific event or want to book tickets, it’s best to contact the venue directly. Please use the search box to find your event, and click through to the venue’s contact details.
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!
Wednesday 16 – Saturday 19 May 2018
Thursday 25 – Saturday 27 October 2018
Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 May 2019
Thursday 31 October – Saturday 2 November 2019