British museums open at night in May 2013 – book early to secure your place – here are some edited highlights.

For more museums, see our London guide


  • Hertfordshire – 1001 Nights. Revisit the Arabian Nights.
  • Norfolk – 16 ways of writing a poem – an all-night poetry masterclass
  • Somerset – 20th anniversary exhibition late opening
  • Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution – late opening
  • Northamptonshire – A Night With Nijinksy. Nijinsky is considered the best male ballet dancer of the 20th century. The evening will be chaired by the Senior Lecturer of Dance at the University of Northampton and will feature a demonstration of ballet.
  • Greater London –  Meet Mrs Sambourne, the wife of Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne and her housekeeper Mrs Reffell at Leighton House Museum.
  • Lancashire – Accrington Library has an exceptional Community History Library and also holds the County World War I Collection, which is the subject of their open night.
  •  Greater Manchester – May’s After Hours is all about nature. Sip a glass or wine and explore the new gallery.
  • Kent – visit The Home of Charles Darwin, Down House after hours. Enjoy highlight talks about the Darwins and take this exclusive opportunity to explore the property
  • Hampshire – Tudor House reveals over 800 years of history in one fascinating location at the heart of the Old Town. Take the opportunity to visit Tudor House after hours.
  •  Greater London After hours family quest at the National Army Museum
  • Surrey – An evening of storytelling, alchemy and astrology with films, fairy tales, talks and tours for all the family as part of Museums at Night.
  •  Bristol –  lay your hands on some extraordinary crystals and fossils as part of Museums at Night. You can also join us underground for a tour of the basement collection.
  • Greater LondonAn evening with Simon Mayo and Itch – Join BBC broadcaster and author Simon Mayo for an effervescent talk with live experiments and find out what led him to write books about a science mad element hunting hero called Itch.
  • Greater London Andrew Lane’s Lost World – Andrew Lane, well known author of the “Young Sherlock Holmes” series will discuss his new book “Lost Worlds” ( at Barts Pathology Museum.
  • City of London Archaeological Archive by twilight – The Museum of London holds the largest archaeological archive in the world.
  • North Yorkshire Archives At Dusk
  • Cumbria Arts & Crime, Murder at Blackwell
  • Not all is as it seems when you enter the dining room at Blackwell tonight. You’ve mistakenly entered the end of a dinner party in the 1920s: what has happened and is someone still ‘at large’?

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