First events announced for Museums at Night 2013

Museums at Night, the annual late night festival of art, culture and heritage, will take place this year over three nights in May, Thursday May 16th – Saturday May 18th.

Tying in with the European event La Nuit des Musées, hundreds of museums, art galleries and heritage spaces all over the country will be opening up late and putting on a fantastic mix of events: expect bands playing in art galleries, costumed balls, contemporary artist happenings, unique literary events, sleepovers in museums, family-friendly science and astronomy events and beautiful historic houses lit by candlelight.

Some of the UK’s most well respected contemporary artists, including Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed, Jake and Dinos Chapman, YBAs Gavin Turk and Mat Collishaw and sculptor and installation artist Richard Wentworth have already confirmed they will be putting on unique Museums at Night events.

Jake and Dinos Chapman said, “We are overjoyed to be working with Museums at Night because they are kindly offering to host one of our sinister aberrations that might not otherwise see the light of day. Off the top of our heads we’re thinking something involving industrial storage heaters in a waxworks museum or Night Vision Paintball in a cathedral. But if any participating institutions have a better idea we’re up for a discussion!”

Some of the events confirmed already for 2013 include:

  • A Regency costumed ball at the National Trust’s Coughton Court in Alcester, Warwickshire.
  • A 1920s themed evening of glamour and intrigue with a murder mystery, vintage cocktails and canapés, in the Art Deco surroundings of Coleton Fishacre in Kingswear, Devon.
  • Experience life below stairs as a Victorian servant before sitting down to a Downton Abbey style Victorian supper at Arlington Court, Barnstaple, Devon.
  • Learn about life in a Cornish tin mine with an atmospheric torch-lit tour between Geevor Tin Mine Museum and Levant Mine and Beam Engine on the beautiful Cornish coast.
  •  A night of Food and Flora at Charlecote Park in Warwickshire, which includes a sunset tour of the glorious gardens at this Tudor stately home, followed by dinner using produce from the Park and local area.
  • A celebratory weekend commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Dambusters Raid in WWII at the Helicopter Museum, the world’s largest dedicated helicopter museum, in Somerset. Expect search lights and a living history encampment.
  • Red Barn Murder at Moyse’s Hall Museum in Suffolk. On the anniversary one of the most famous Suffolk murder cases, find out all about the grizzy events at the Red Barn in this illustrated lecture – complete with book bound in the murderer’s skin and the pistols that fired the fatal shot.

Over 121,000 visitors attended Museums at Night 2012, with over 500 cultural events across the UK to choose from – from Late Night Christian Louboutin at the Design Museum to Scottish rock group Django Django in the Museum of Scotland, food artists Bompas and Parr floating the SS Great Britain on a sea of jelly and Polly Morgan performing taxidermy in front of a live audience in Liverpool.

Museums at Night is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’

For up-to-the-minute listings, visit

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