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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

The Ministry Explains It All: Museums at Night

May 16th to 18th marks an exciting festival for museum lovers across the country, 'Museums at Night' spans the length and breadth of the UK and celebrates well... Museums. From small volunteer run museums to the big boys in London, Museums throw open their doors to engage with their public across three nights every May.

Not to be confused with the film 'Night at the Museum' (feeding an Easter Island Sculpture chewing gum all night would be a conservation drama I cannot bare to think about) Culture 24 have been keeping us up past our bedtime and thinking about the community role of a museum since 2009. Encouraging Museums to bring in new audiences by a range of activities from film nights, sleepovers and lindyhopping this year is yet to be another exciting festival
Even the British Museum can't afford to have their collection come alive for the night 
 You know we love to blog about museum events and even provide an up to date list of whats events are going on in London's institutions  ( So we've brought together a list of 'Museum at Night' activities across the city!

Thursday 16th May

5pm Bethlem Royal Hospital Museum
'Mystical Bedlam: Spiritualists and Spook-Spotters'
Looking more closely into hypnosis in the late 19th Century and other spooky goings on at the hospital!
Free Event

6.30pm, William Morris Gallery
Vintage Bops and Beats
Music, Dance Art and Fashion from the 60's
Free Event

6.45pm Royal Observatory, Greenwich
'SciFi Film Night'
 Head up through the beautiful Greenwich Park for a night watching 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' 
Cost: £7

5.30pm Wellcome Collection.
'Insects vs Humans'
Who is more of a pest? 

6pm Horniman Museum
The Horniman Garden Party' 
This museum is celebrating Museums at Night with style, a garden party and an installation from Random International! Set to be a great night! 
Cost: £3

6pm British Postal Museum and Archives
 Visiting the Stores. 
Fascinating stories from the BPMA stores, brought to life by The Big Wheel Theatre Company

'Past Time & Tipple - Stuffed Stuff and Curiosities from the Epping Forest Collection' 
@ Epping Forest: The View
Cost: £10

Friday 17th May

6pm, Fashion and Textiles Museum
'Museums at Night' 
Check out the FTM at night, opportunities to learn finger knitting and enjoy a meal in the cafe.
Cost: £8

6.30pm, Museum of London
'Archaeological Archive by twilight' 
Object handling, Curator tours, performance and workshops!
Cost: £7

6.30pm, UCL Museums
'It's Elemental - UCL Museums Treasure Hunt' 
A search for objects relating to the four elements!

6.30pm, Keats House
'Keats House Museum at Night'
See the House past your bedtime!
 Cost £6

9pm Foundling Museum
'Museums at Night at The Foundling' 
After Hours events.
Free with Museum Admission

Saturday 18th May

1pm, Barts Pathology Museum
Andrew Lane's Lost Worlds,

Author of 'The Young Sherlock Holmes' Andrew Lane will be discussing his new book!

Cost £4

6pm Benjamin Franklin House
Late Night Historical Experience
live interpretation, sound, and visual projection will reveal the uncertainty and excitement of Franklin’s London years in the great man's own words
Cost: £6

7pm Museum of London, Docklands
'Cockles & Mussels @ Late'
From oysters and scallops to roll-mops and jellied eels – join urban sociologist Dr Alex Rhys-Taylor for a mouthwatering journey through the history of British seafood
Cost: £7

How we expect to feel  on Monday

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