Museums at Night: 18-20 May 2012

Something came onto my radar a few weeks ago: Museums at Night.

I spotted their blog and here is what they say about themselves.

Museums at Night, which explodes into life over the weekend of 18 – 20 May 2012, is an annual UK-wide festival which seeks to encourage visitors into museums, galleries and heritage sites by throwing their doors open after hours and putting on special evening events.

The campaign is core funded by Arts Council England, with extra funding from  the Heritage Lottery Fund to support new regional clusters in North Lincolnshire and North Norfolk. The latter cluster is also supported by Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service.

Co-ordinated by non-profit cultural publishing organisation Culture24, Museums at Night is an opportunity for the cultural and heritage sector to come together around a single, simple campaign that is attractive to venues, audiences and the media.

Museums at Night ties in with the European campaign, La Nuit Des Musées, which takes place on Saturday 19th May 2012. In the UK, to allow venues greater flexibility, it will run over the weekend of Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May. The date is significant as it’s the weekend nearest to International Museums Day (18th May) and helps maintain the media profile of May as Museums Month.

For the latest information on the 2012 campaign, read this blog (you can get an feed of the blog posts delivered immediately by clicking here, and copying and pasting the URL into your RSS reader). You can also fill in this form to receive our monthly e-newsletter, bringing you updates about partnerships and promotional opportunities you may like to take advantage of.

If you’re a member of the public, to learn more about what’ll be happening and plan which events you’d like to go to, simply visit

For more background, you can download the executive summary and full evaluation of the 2011 campaign, read the independent evaluation of the 2010 campaign, and explore the online photo archives from the last three years:

Museums at Night 2009

Museums at Night 2010

Museums at Night 2011


Guess what I’m going to be doing 18-20 May?

One thought on “Museums at Night: 18-20 May 2012

  1. A good idea. They could copy this idea in Taiwan, where most museums have no late hours at all. Even the zoo closes at 5:00 each day, which really makes no sense when you figure that school children, presumably the largest target group, are thus precluded from attending on weekdays.
    –Road to Parnassus

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