Early feedback on Museums at Night weekend

Wow! Thank you to everyone who made Museums at Night 2013 such a success. The tweets, photos and emails have been flooding in from across the UK and we’re delighted to hear how many people had a great time discovering arts and heritage sites.

People creating colourful light trails in a dark room

Illuminator Imaginator light paintings taken during the Late Shows at Centre for Life, Newcastle. Image shared under a Creative Commons licence

A few highlights from across the web:

This volunteer donned a silver cape to help create Gavin Turk’s pyramid-themed Ancient Egyptian event at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Culture24 arts writer Mark Sheerin went along and found the cosmic powers improved the health of his houseplant – an unexpected outcome, but a positive one!

The Scunthorpe Nights team were surprised by go-go dancing and boxing during Cullinan Richards’ event at the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, inspired by Russ Meyer’s film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Author Helen Grant recounted reading ghost stories at Innerpeffray Library’s spooky, atmospheric event.

Nathan Richardson described 6 very different places he discovered during Liverpool’s Light Night, the culture crawl that takes over the city for Museums at Night each year.

Amy, Holly and Jack from Culture24, guided by our leader from afar, took up the challenge of a Museums at Night elemental treasure hunt around the collections of UCL Museums: Jack also discovered 18 Stafford Terrace, the Linley Sambourne House.

“The sight of the shrunken heads by torch light was particularly uncanny,” Rhianedd Smith from Museum Studies Reading reported after visiting Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum as darkness fell.

How was it for you?

If your venue ran a Museums at Night event we’d really like to know how it went, what worked well, and what we could improve next year. Please take a few minutes to fill in the Museums at Night 2013 Venue Survey – you could win a £50 Amazon voucher!

Send us your visitor surveys!

If you put out printed visitor survey forms during your event, now’s the time to post any completed forms back to us so we can process the data. Our address is:


Office 4, 28 Kensington Street



Did you visit an event?

If you went along to a Museums at Night event as a visitor, please tell us what you thought by filling in our Museums at Night 2013 visitor survey.

Perhaps you were one of the Late Shows visitors who contributed to Julia Vogl‘s social sculpture at the Discovery Museum – can you see yourself in this timelapse video?

Museums at Night: COLLECT. SELECT. STRING & HOIST from Julia Vogl on Vimeo.

Share your photos

Finally, we’ve had a flood of terrific images through – if you have photos or videos from your Museums at Night events, please email them to rosie@culture24.org.uk.

Thanks again for all your support in making the festival such a success!

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