Museums at Night 2017

Jessica Juckes, International Training Programme Assistant

This week, from Thursday to Sunday, UK museums, galleries and heritage sites are opening after hours for Museums at Night. The event happens twice a year – in May and October – and as the October event coincides with Halloween, it often sees museums programming ‘spooky’ evening activities. Museums at Night is organised by non-profit cultural publisher Culture24, and is marketed as ‘the UK’s ‘Lates’ festival for the culturally curious’.


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Ghostbusters Car, The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire

ITP UK partner museums, past and present, are running some interesting events:
Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery is holding a Digital Takeover on Saturday night, with immersive hands-on activities and games.
The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire is putting on Meet the Ghostbusters on Friday evening, which will include a graveyard dig, spooky craft activities, and even a replica Ecto 1 Ghostbusters car!
St Fagans National Museum of History in Cardiff is hosting a Ghost Walk on Thursday and Friday, with true stories, Welsh superstitions and ‘why Wales could be the world’s most haunted country’.

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Cabinet of Curiosities at the National Archives

Other inspiring events being put on by museums around London include:
Tower Bridge, holding an immersive mystery experience in its Victorian Engine Rooms
Bank of England Museum, with storytelling, including the Bank Nun, its spookiest ghost story
Handel & Hendrix in London, celebrating the darker sides of the lives and music of its two famous residents
The National Archives, presenting a cabinet of curiosities exploring the Edwardian fascination with Egyptology and archaeology and the rise of spiritualists, a talk from the Cemetery Club, and a re-enactment of a 19th century mummy unwrapping party!
London Canal Museum, taking visitors on a narrowboat trip into the Islington Tunnel in the dark
Benjamin Franklin House, exploring the darker side of the 18th century’s pursuit of knowledge, and why over 1200 bones were unearthed in its basement

Craven Street Bones

Craven Street Bones, Benjamin Franklin House