Museums at Night 2017: 17th-20th May
One of London’s greatest assets is undoubtedly its plethora of museums. And we think the best way to enjoy them is by seeing them at night when museums, galleries and heritage sites throw open their doors after hours to showcase their treasures in unexpected ways.
Well, this week marks the bi-annual Museums at Night festival. Organised by non-profit cultural publisher Culture24, all UK museums are invited to open their doors to Joes and Janes up and down the country. Museums at Night kicks off this Wednesday (17th May) through to Saturday (20th May), and here are the highlights in London!
Neuroscience: Why People Buy, Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising
Wednesday 17th May, 6pm – 8.30pm. £19.
If you’re looking to get a real piece of insight from your Museum at Night experience, one of the more interesting events taking place this week is at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, where Nikki Westoby, Director of Neuroscience at Nielsen Consumer Neuroscience, will host a talk introducing the audience to the way brands use techniques to sell their products. As well as giving background into how the conscious and subconscious brain works, she’ll also be hosting a live demonstration of how the equipment is used with a look at the results on screen.
Poisoned! A UCL Museums Murder Mystery, Grant Museum of Zoology
Friday 19th May, 6pm – 9pm. £8.
But if you’re just looking for a bit of fun on a Friday night – and why shouldn’t you be? – there’s a murder mystery evening being held at the Grand Museum of Zoology alongside UCL. A young promising scientist is found dead, objects are missing from the museum, and it looks as though foul play has occurred. Your job is to help discover the murderer from UCL’s cast of characters and solve the clues across the Museum to crack the mystery. Teams of up to five are invited, with prizes to be won for the team who can solve the case as well as for best dressed detectives on the night.
This is Our London, Museum of London
Friday 19th May, 7pm – 10pm. Free.
For the Museum at Night festival, the Museum of London is launching a year-long season looking at what it means to live in a truly global city called This is Our London. This late event is a celebration of London’s mix of cultures and creativity, and will feature London-based artist and community projects focusing on fashion, style, food, film and music. The likes of Reprezent 107.3FM, Cut Festival, OOMK Collective, Nina Manandhar, Mazi Mas and Jasleen Kaur will all be on duty, and the night will also include the launch of new City Now City Future displays and experiences in the museum.
The Original Gothic Experience, Strawberry Hill House
Thursday 18th May, 8pm – 10pm. £15.
If you’re looking for something alternative, south-west London’s Strawberry Hill House is opening its doors for a night called The Original Gothic Experience. Join your guide for a storytelling experience and theatrical tour, while walking through this atmospheric house’s shadowy corridors and gloomy rooms with mirrors reflecting ancient stained glass.
Blank Canvas, The National Gallery
Friday 19th May, 7pm – 8pm. £12.
A special comedy show is coming to the National Gallery this Friday for Museums at Night with award-winning improvised comedy group Do Not Adjust Your Stage hitting the stage as they create comic scenes, sketches and characters on the spot, inspired by the paintings in the National Gallery. Do Not Adjust Your Stage are one of the UK’s leading improvised comedy groups, having performed everywhere from the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris to the Natural History Museum in London.
Museums at Night Late, Horniman Museums and Gardens
Thursday 18th May, 6.30pm – 9.30pm. £5.
For something a little more low-key, the Horniman Museum is opening up its galleries and gardens for an after-hours special of music, food and drink, and surprising performances. As you explore the galleries and gardens you’ll stumble upon intimate vignettes and gregarious scenes by experimental theatre company People Show who’ll be bringing their daring and unpredictable style to the Horniman, while the gardens will feature some atmospheric storytelling. They’ll also be food and drink at the Cafe, and street food stalls and bars in the museum and gardens.
Late at the Gate Quiz, Museum of the Order of St John
Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th May, 6.30pm – 10pm. From £5 per Player.
The Museums at Night festival features it all, and to illustrate the point the Museum of the Order of St John is hosting traditional pub quiz this Wednesday and Thursday in St John’s Gate, once home to Ye Olde Jerusalem Tavern, watering hole for the likes of Dickens. Discover the Museum’s impressive historic rooms and enjoy The Jerusalem Tavern’s tankards of ale and glasses of fine wine, whilst the quiz master tests your team’s general knowledge. The Museum Galleries will be open to the public until 6:30pm when the bar opens and the quiz will begin at 7pm.
Head over to the Museums at Night Website for event listings up and down the country and for booking information. We recommend you book in advance for all events!