MU­SE­UMS & GAL­LERIES

If you have ever wanted to recre­ate the film Night at the Mu­seum, which sees his­tor­i­cal stat­ues come alive, Mu­se­ums at Night will be the clos­est you’ll get to it, says Sam Rogg

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Mu­se­ums at Night gives you the chance to see iconic venues, from The Na­tional Gallery to the Horn­i­man Mu­seum, in a dif­fer­ent light.

See some of Lon­don’s best-loved her­itage sites in a new light, lit­er­ally, as Mu­se­ums atNight (17-20 May) re­turns to the cap­i­tal. Dur­ing this bian­nual, four-day fes­ti­val, many mu­se­ums, gal­leries and cul­tural land­marks stay open late to let vis­i­tors delve deeper into fas­ci­nat­ing sub­jects. Whether you are vis­it­ing alone or with friends or fam­ily, there’s a wide range of spe­cial events for peo­ple of all ages and in­ter­ests, plus cock­tails and en­ter­tain­ment – so you can cer­tainly make a night of it.

High­lights in­clude work­shop Neu­ro­science – Why Peo­ple Buy at the Mu­se­ums of Brands, Pack­ag­ing & Ad­ver­tis­ing (17 May); Vices and Virtues: Life Draw­ing in the Painted Hall at the

Old Royal Naval Col­lege, in which you can sketch ‘gods and god­desses’ to the sounds of at­mo­spheric mu­sic (18 May); Vic­to­rian Va­ri­ety, a night of folk mu­sic, craft beer and pe­riod en­ter­tain­ment, at Ful­ham Palace (18 May); mu­sic and dance in Rit­u­als to Mould Her With at Han­del & Hen­drix (19 May); a cel­e­bra­tion of all things gin at The Gef­frye Mu­seum (19 May); and a course on Michelan­gelo at The Na­tional Gallery (19 May).

Also at The Na­tional Gallery, you can im­merse your­self in in­ter­ac­tive work­shops, live mu­sic and a ‘se­cret bar’ as part of the Re­nais­sance Late event (19 May). Or why not let the Horn­i­man Mu­seum and Gar­dens en­ter­tain you with mu­sic, dance, film, tours and per­for­mances in­spired by the build­ing’s col­lec­tions (18 May)? If you’re cu­ri­ous to see how Bri­tish ban­knotes have changed over the decades, head to the Bank of Eng­land

Mu­seum for a se­ries of free spe­cial talks and ob­ject-han­dling ses­sions (19 May). And for some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent, visit the

Lon­don Canal Mu­seum, which will be lit with can­dles and fairy-lights (20 May).

If the idea of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a can­dlelit mu­seum in­trigues you, head to Ben­jamin

Franklin House, the Amer­i­can found­ing fa­ther’s last re­main­ing res­i­dence and a Grade I-listed Ge­or­gian town­house. Ad­mire it on a fas­ci­nat­ing tour (18-19 May). In fact, we Brits love a can­dlelit tour so much that you’ll find sim­i­lar events at cul­tural land­marks all year round, in­clud­ing Sir John Soane’s Mu­seum‘ s can­dlelit late open­ings (first Tues of ev­ery month), and the ‘Silent Night’ im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ences at Dennis Sev­ers’ House, home of the late Amer­i­can artist (most Mon, Wed and Fri). Book­ing is es­sen­tial for all events. www.mu­se­um­sat­night.org.uk

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This im­age: The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval Col­lege Below: Mu­seum of Brands, Pack­ag­ing & Ad­ver­tis­ing

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