UK festival, Museums at Night promises exciting after-hours events

As part of this year’s Museums at Night 2011, galleries, museums, libraries, archives and heritage sites across the UK and Europe are preparing a weekend of exciting late night events.

Tying in with La Nuit des Musées on May 14th, 2011, hundreds of museums and galleries will be partaking in this after-hours event; to be included are gallery gigs, twilight screenings, midnight murder mysteries, all-night sleepovers, and torch-lit tours. From the visitors experience, you will be given the opportunity to experience some of Europe’s most iconic and historic venues in a completely new light.

Taking place from Friday May 13 to Sunday May 15, spooky events are whats in store; perhaps inspired by the Friday 13th kick-off, this comes as no surprise. Visitors will be given the chance to tour the grand monuments and dark paths of Bristol’s Arnos Vale Cemetery by torchlight, travel underground for an adults-only paranormal exploration of the UK’s most popular ‘Ghost Hunting’ venue, RAF Holmpton, explore Ruthin’s Victorian Gaol at night and hear about the prisoners’ dark tales, go on a “Fright Night” after-dark tour of the creepiest objects on offer at The Royal Engineers Museum, listen to gruesome stories of surgery by gaslight and have your leg “amputated” at the Old Operating Theatre in London.

While last year 85,000 visitors attended 345 events at 280 museums nationwide, this year promises to be an even larger success.

To find an event near you, visit Museums at Night, where info will be updated right up until the weekend of the event.

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