This February half-term, 14 of Cambridge’s museums and collections will be opening their doors for a series of free, drop-in adventures and activities after dark.
Twilight at the Museums will give families the chance to uncover buried secrets and unearth remarkable objects as they embark on a journey of wonder and discovery.
With many of the venues just a short walk apart, you will be able to chart your own path through the night. Take a trip through time followed by a torch-lit treasure trail. Or quest to find magnificent florescent creatures and take a mesmerising voyage through the stars.
There will be a chance to explore free special trails and games across 14 collections, as well as enjoy outdoor entertainment and pop-up food stalls.
The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology will be presenting a Magical Mystery Tour, with music from Beats of Polynesia, and the University Library will be displaying their beautiful collection of manuscripts by candlelight; all accompanied by authentic music of the period.
During the Twilight event, you will be able to discover all manner of nocturnal animals at the Museum of Zoology. Just watch out for the giant spider rumoured to be creeping around the light displays at Kettle’s Yard…
Fancy a bit of time travel? You will be able to meet some of the great historical explorers at the Polar Museum, or look even further into the past by searching for fossils and minerals at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. Alternatively, you can look towards the future at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, where you can embark on a quest for the long-term survival of some of the world’s most endangered plants.
This year, the University of Cambridge Museums will be working with partners in Cambridge and beyond. Don’t miss the hypnotic light-based activities taking place at the Cambridge Science Centre and All Saint’s Church. Twilight will also be heading to Huntingdon, Newmarket, St Ives and Wisbech, with the Cromwell Museum, Palace House, the Norris Museum, and the Wisbech and Fenland Museum open for exploration after dark.
When: 20th February 2019