Night at the Museum in London
Want to see some of the city’s most famous museums in a totally different light? Then take part in the Museums at Night festival, which promises to be a weekend to remember. By WhereTraveler
Events to please all ages at Museums At Night in London (Courtesy Museums At Night, London)
WhereTraveler's Beatrice Yeatman-Biggs takes us to London after dark through the highlights of the city's Museums at Night festival.
London is famous for its art galleries, historic landmarks and fascinating museums. But for those who want to experience such places in a new light (quite literally), the Museums at Night weekend (13-16 May) allows you to do just that. The festival lets you see some of London’s most famous museums after-hours, and through special workshops and events.
For something eccentric, head to the Horniman Museum & Gardens, which houses a weird and wonderful collection of anthropological items collected by founder Frederick John Horniman. Nature Late (14 May) lets you explore nature through the work of artists, from taxidermy to 1920s nature movies. What’s more, there will also be museum tours, street artists depicting wildlife as well as cocktails and food. Music lovers will be delighted by the Royal College of Music’s Tudor, Victorian and Georgian-inspired musical shows.
Bring a little Dickensian frivolity to the Museum At Night weekend, with events at Charles Dickens Museum. (Courtesy Charles Dickens Museum)
Literary lovers should head to the Charles Dickens Museum for Dickens After Dark (15 May), bringing to life the novels that Dickens penned in the space that was once his home. Look out for cooking demonstrations taking place in the kitchen, which are designed to echo what Dickens’ wife, Catherine Dickens, would have made.
For those who want to make their experience last even longer, try a museum sleepover. At northeast London's William Morris Gallery (16 May), camp out at the venue that celebrates the life and works of artist and activist William Morris a century ago. The Expedition to Iceland Sleepover includes a torch tour, puppet show and breakfast.
The famous British Museum is one of many venues on the Museum Mile tour. (©MaGutosh/iStock/Thinkstock)
If you are running short of time, do the Museum Mile tour (15 May), which takes you to many museums in one day, including the Cartoon Museum, Brunei Gallery, Petrie Museum, UCL Rock Room and British Museum.
For more details visit WeAreCulture24.
(Author Beatrice Yeatman-Biggs is a writer for WhereTraveler.com.)
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