Museums at Night, which explodes into life from 16 – 18 May 2013, is an annual UK-wide festival which seeks to encourage visitors into museums, galleries and heritage sites by throwing their doors open after hours and putting on special evening events.
Co-ordinated by non-profit cultural publishing organisation Culture24, Museums at Night is an opportunity for the cultural and heritage sector to come together around a single, simple campaign that is attractive to venues, audiences and the media.
Museums at Night ties in with the European campaign, La Nuit Des Musées, which takes place on Saturday 18th May 2013. In the UK, to allow venues greater flexibility, it will run over Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th May. The date is significant as it’s the weekend nearest to International Museums Day (18th May) and helps maintain the media profile of May as Museums Month.
Museums at Night Ambassador Lauren Laverne says:
“I am honoured and delighted to be Ambassador for Museums at Night.
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.”
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If you’re a member of the public, to learn more about what’ll be happening and plan which events you’d like to go to, simply visit www.museumsatnight.org.uk.
For more background, you can download the executive summary and full evaluation of the 2011 campaign, read the independent evaluation of the 2010 campaign, and explore the online photo archives from the last few years:
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