Museums at Night (UK)

Museums at Night[1] is a twice-yearly festival of late openings, sleepovers and special events taking place in museums, galleries, libraries, archive and heritage sites all over the UK. It is affiliated with the Night of Museums programme across Europe.[2] It takes place on the weekend before International Museum Day, May 18,[3] and in 2016 will run from Wednesday 11 - Saturday 14 May and Thursday 27 - Saturday 29 October.

Museums at Night is core funded by Arts Council England and administered by Culture24.[4]

For Museums at Night weekend 2009, cultural and heritage venues in the UK staged 157 events, attracting over 34,000 visitors.[5]

Museums at Night weekend sees combined cultural and heritage programmes offered by multiple organisations in many UK towns and cities, including Stockport,[6] Bath,[7] Dorchester,[8] Norwich,[9] Liverpool[10] and NewcastleGateshead.[11] The largest single programme within the festival is that organised in Newcastle Gateshead covering over 50 venues under the title The Late Shows.[12] One of the artists who participated in Museums at Night during May 2013 through The Late Shows is Julia Vogl who created a chandelier using the public and 2500 recycled plastic bottles.[13]


An aspect of Museums at Night, which attracts attention is the Connect! competition between museums and other cultural hosting institutions to engage artists to produce art for the festival weekend.[14]

See also


  1. "Museums at Night homepage". Culture24. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  2. "Nuit des Musées website". Retrieved 16 June 2010.
  3. "International Museum Day". international Council of Museums. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
  4. "What is Museums at Night?". Museums at Night. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  5. "Museums at Night 2009 Evaluation Report". Culture24. 24 July 2009. Retrieved June 18, 2010.
  6. "Culturefeast: Museums at Night". Visit Stockport website. Archived from the original on May 31, 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  7. "Museums at Night 2010". The Roman Baths, Bath website. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  8. "Dorchester Museums at Night Success". blog. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  9. "Museums at Night". Heritage City website. Norwich HEART. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  10. Ian Jackson (16 April 2010). "Liverpool Light Night - Friday 14 May 2010". Art in Liverpool blog. Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  11. "The Late Shows". Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  12. India Adams reporting in 2012 for Sky "the UK's largest Museums at Night event".
  13. Culture24 interview.
  14. Museums at Night Connect

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