Museums at Night 2013

Each FREE event will offer a late night experience showcasing a vast array of objects, animals, instruments, sounds and specimens from across the globe. Visitors will find that the Museums appear in a different light once seen on a magical late night visit.

"Sensational”, “Evocative”, “Always good but better at night”, “Even more magical” (Audience responses, Museums at Night 2012)

A ‘Grand Tour Passport’ will lead visitors to the Ashmolean, Museum of the History of Science and Pitt Rivers Museum. Visitors who collect all the stamps will receive a little souvenir from the Museums and a chance to enter the prize draw to win dinner for two in the Ashmolean Dining Room valued at £50.

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Ashmolean Museum – Dodos & Dark Lanterns 6-10pm

To celebrate the Ashmolean’s anniversary and the dark and delightful stories that make up its 330 year history, we’ve planned an evening programme with tours of the collections, craft activities and a discovery trail for kids. And our new book which features all the best Ashmolean stories – Dodos and Dark Lanterns – goes on sale.

Curator led-tours will take visitors on a journey of highlights from the Ashmolean’s large and distinguished collection, and a special, one-off lecture from Senior Curator of European Art, Dr Jon Whiteley, will detail the history of the Museum. Throughout the evening, 17th Century inspired events, activities and games will take place in the galleries, transporting visitors back to the era in which the Museum was founded. 

The Museum of the History of Science – Creatures of the Night 6-11pm

An evening co-curated with the Museum of Natural History celebrates the exhibition 'Natural Histories', hosted at the MHS. The evening's programme will showcase nocturnal creatures of all kinds - real and fictional - from fluorescent scorpions and wise owls to animals in the stars and even vampires! Tours of the ‘Natural Histories’ exhibition will run throughout the evening, and visitors of all ages are invited to meet nocturnal animals, make a star-dial or a bat hat, and be spooked out by German horror classic Nosferatu, directed in 1922 by F. W. Murnau.

Pitt Rivers Museum – Music & Light 7-10pm

Explore the Museum with the lights down low (torches supplied), with colourful lighting punctuating the dark nooks and crannies, while a musical soundscape will bring the Museum’s sound collections to life. Limited cash bar will be available on the night.

Entry is by our South Entrance off of South Parks Road as the Museum of Natural History will be closed. Admission is restricted and on a first come first served basis and an adult must accompany children at all times.

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