Museums get ready for after-hours treats

Museums get ready for after-hours treats

Museums across the UK and Europe are preparing a weekend of late-night events as part of this year’s Museums at Night 2011.

Tying in with the European event La Nuit des Musees, hundreds of museums and galleries across the country will be opening their doors at night for gallery gigs, twilight screenings, midnight murder mysteries, all-night sleepovers, torch-lit tours or simply to offer the chance to experience some of the UK’s iconic and historic venues in a new light.

The event will take place this year on the weekend of Friday May 13 to Sunday May 15. Perhaps inspired by Museums at Night’s Friday 13th kick off, there are spooky events aplenty: tour the grand monuments and dark paths of Bristol’s Arnos Vale Cemetery by torchlight; travel underground for an adults-only paranormal exploration of the UK’s most popular ‘Ghost Hunting’ venue, RAF Holmpton; explore Ruthin’s Victorian Gaol at night and hear about the prisoners’ dark tales; go on a “Fright Night” after-dark tour of the creepiest and goriest objects on offer at The Royal Engineers Museum; listen to gruesome stories of surgery by gaslight and have your leg “amputated” at the Old Operating Theatre in London.

Organizers hope to top the success of last year’s event, when 85,000 visitors experienced a total of 345 events at 280 museums nationwide. Some towns and cities such as Newcastle, Bath and Liverpool will be holding a range of events in multiple venues during the weekend.

To find out about an event near you in the UK, visit, where listings information will be continually updated right up until the weekend itself.

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