Museums at Night 2016: 27th-29th October
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 on this Thursday (27th October) through to Saturday (29th October), and here are the highlights in London!
The Night Museum, Museum of London
Saturday 29th October – Friday 4th November, 7.30pm – Late. Free.
The Museum of London will be coming over all nocturnal this weekend with a week-long exploration of the hidden, the illicit and the lost. Through the week the Museum will be putting on free after-dark late-night parties full of ghost clubs, dark electronica, dystopian visions, lost sounds, night voices, drinking dens, walks into darkness and mythical creatures of the night, culminating in the The Museum of Last Parties on Friday 4th November. Events are all free but you’ll need to reserve a place in advance!
Rights and Rebels, Houses of Parliament
Friday 28th October, 6pm – 10.30pm. £18.66.
For the first time in the history if Museums at Night, the Houses of Parliament will be opening its doors. Entitled ‘Right and Rebels’, the night is all about protestors, activists, and pioneers who sought to challenge the law. To celebrate those who risked all to have their voices heard, Westminster Hall will be transformed into an exciting stage showcasing their stories from the past to the present day. There’ll be music and talks throughout the night, you can take a tour and Sipsmith will once again be on duty providing the gin cocktails. A genuine once in a lifetime opportunity for us mere peasants!
The Georgian Gin Palace, Fulham Palace
Friday 28th October, 6.20pm – 10pm. £8.
If you’re not interested in the all the spooks Halloween has to offer and would rather kick back with the more refined things in life, Fulham Palace is the place to be this weekend with the Georgian Gin Palace. Local distillery and masters of artisan spirits Sipsmith will be in residence, tickling your taste buds with their gin tastings, whilst the Royal College of Music takes you on a melodious journey of period entertainment through our historic spaces. Elsewhere in the Palace you can craft your own handmade notebook in the Library and capture the spirit of the Georgian era with a costumed photograph in our pop-up Georgian photo booth.
Druids in the Deadhouse, Somerset House
Friday 28th October, 7pm – 11pm. £10.
For something a little sillier, the stunning Somerset House will be hosting an Iron Age-themed open mic night hosted by Arch-Druid Bedwyr Williams. Expect stand up, pagan cocktails, heathen nibbles, non-lethal human sacrifice and all manner of entertainment complete with flowing druidic robes and fake beards. East London hits 900BC.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Museum of the Order of St John
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October, 6pm – 10pm. £14.99.
The Museum of the Order of St John sort of does what it says on the tin, telling the story of the Order of St John’s origins caring for sick pilgrims in eleventh century Jerusalem, through to its modern-day role with St John Ambulance. While the Museum packs plenty of fascinating artefacts, the real draw this weekend is the screening of Monty Python’s Holy Grail. Booze will be on offer in the galleries with The Jerusalem Tavern and you can also take a tour of the Norman Crypt before settling down to watch the much loved 1975 classic on the big screen.
After Hours: Halloween, Grant Museum of Zoology
Saturday 29th October, 6.30pm – 9pm. £6.
If you are looking for some Halloween-inspired festivities, however, there’s probably no better place to be than in a room full of skeletons and skulls. That’s where the Grant Museum of Zoology comes in. The Museum is open this Saturday for a special late opening where Joes and Janes can discover its offerings after-dark, while enjoying a drink and uncovering some ghoulish animal facts along the way with Halloween themed specimen labels. There’s no need to book as tickets are sold on the door, and that’ll get you a free glass of wine too! Dressing up is recommended…
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!