Spend a night at the museum

Spend a night at the museum

Some of Europe’s greatest museums will come to life at night this month – and we’re not talking about a scene from the Ben Stiller comedy.

Museums at Night is a continent-wide celebration in which more than 3,000 galleries and museums will open their doors to the public for a series of exciting after-hours events on 19 May 2012. Across the UK, the late-night openings continue all weekend.

Events – many of which are free – range from midnight treasure hunts to gigs and dressing-up parties. In London, the British Museum is holding a sleepover with the mummies in the Egyptian Gallery; while the Pump House Gallery (pictured) is putting on late programmes of artist workshops and games in Battersea Park. Experience the Roman Baths after dark in Bath with an all-out Roman evening involving wine, poetry and togas. And in Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland is hosting a compilation of contemporary music, installations and pop-up surprises throughout the evening.

In France – where the event is called La Nuit des Musees – participating galleries include the Musee d’Orsay, the Louvre and the Palais de Tokyo, which reopened this year with the country’s biggest and most cutting-edge collection of contemporary art.

For more details go to www.museumsatnight.org.uk or www.nuitdesmusees.culture.fr

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