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TWILIGHT AT THE MUSEUMS
Wednesday 15 February 2017, 4.30 – 7.30pm, FREE

FAMILIES - EXPLORE CAMBRIDGE MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS AFTER-HOURS
This February half-term, set out on a quest for adventure and discovery. Experience museums and collections in a completely different way, discover somewhere new, and unearth some remarkable treasures.

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EXPLORE
Twilight at the Museums is a FREE after-hours event for families where museums and collections across the city open their doors for a variety of torch-lit and illuminated adventures. With free, drop-in activities and themed trails across 13 locations, there is plenty for families to enjoy.

DISCOVER
Pack a torch and enjoy some Adventures with Art at the Fitzwilliam Museum, some Curious Collectors at the University Library and even Gruesome Gargoyles at All Saints Church. Full event listings are below. 

GET READY - Download a Twilight What’s On guide 
Printed versions will be available from all participating museums and other venues from mid-January. In the meantime, if you’d like to know more about what’s happening on the night, check out the information below and keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.
 

 

EVENT LISTINGS

All Saints Church
Jesus Lane
GRUESOME GARGOYLES
Become a bizarre beast for the evening and explore All Saints Church after-hours. Make a mask to turn you into a gruesome gargoyle and search the church with a ‘Gizmo the Gargoyle’ trail. Will he be hiding in the shadows?

Museum of Cambridge
Castle Street
VICTORIAN TWILIGHT
Join History Off The Page for a Victorian Twilight. Enjoy candle-making and traditional stories inspired by objects not normally on display. Or simply drop-in to explore the Museum.
Candle-making, 4.30-5.30 & 6-7pm, drop-in
Storytelling, 5.30 & 7pm, drop-in
Limited capacity at busy times.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
Downing Street
FABULOUS FOSSILS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
Explore the Sedgwick Museum after dark. Uncover fabulous finds and discover what else might be lurking in the dark showcases…
Please note: queues are likely at this venue

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Downing Street
MAA VERSUS THE WILD
Let MAA show you how humans have survived against the odds. See ancient weapons, clever tools, and canoes that have travelled miles, then pick your own survival objects in a torch-lit trail.

Museum of Classical Archaeology
Sidgwick Avenue
THE SECRETS OF THE STATUES – A TORCH-LIT ADVENTURE
Look closely in that shadowy corner, did something move? Rumour has it the statues have been known to come to life... Explore the Museum after dark, try out the Twilight trail and bring the statues to life by torchlight.

University Library
West Road
CURIOUS COLLECTORS
Explore curious objects from the dark forgotten corners of the library and imagine what their secret properties might be. Hear the magical stories behind them and make up your own with storyteller, Marion Leeper.

The Polar Museum
Lensfield Road
POLAR NIGHTS
Experience the darkness of a polar winter and discover some amazing objects. What will you hear? What will you see? Who will you meet?
Please note: queues are likely at this venue

Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Brookside
MOONLIT MANDALAS
Shine a light on the botanic world of India while you journey round the specially lit Glasshouse range. Create a mystical ‘mandala’ symbol, filling it with the precious things you see as you travel from the cool Himalaya to the steamy southern states of India.
Please note: entrance through Brookside gate only

Fitzwilliam Museum with Kettle’s Yard
Trumpington Street
AN ADVENTURE WITH ART
Dip into a treasure box of Twilight delights. with drama, music and dazzling light works. Join artist Hugo Dalton as he creates live art with light; make your own piece of art or seek out special performances and activities in the galleries. Find something new to discover on your journey round the Museum.
Please note: accessible buggy/wheelchair access via the Courtyard entrance

 

FURTHER AFIELD - PLACES TO SPEND THE WHOLE EVENING

Cambridge Museum of Technology
Cheddars Lane, Cambridge
THE CURIOUS AFFAIR AT THE PUMPING STATION
Can you prevent a fiendish crime from occurring? Hunt down and solve the clues hidden around the Museum – before it’s too late!

Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey
Ely Road, Waterbeach (A10)
HAPPY FAMILIES
Explore the Abbey and Museum as it’s lit up for the evening. Discover all sorts of family stories, play an interactive version of the classic Happy Families game and enjoy some good old-fashioned family crafts. 

 

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

ACCESS
All venues are accessible by wheelchair and welcome visitors with different access needs. More information can be found on individual venue websites and for further enquiries, please email Susan Miller at info@museums.cam.ac.uk or phone 01223 746406.

TRAVEL
Parking facilities are limited at many venues. We recommend considering public transport. Cambridge Park & Ride runs until 8.30pm and up to 3 children travel free with each paying adult. Park and Ride: www.cambridgeparkandride.info

FOOD & DRINK
Tired? Thirsty? Need a break? There are lots of refreshment options available: 

DOWNING SITE (outside the Sedgwick Museum and Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology): 
Caffe Mobile – hot and cold drinks, cakes and snacks 
Churros Bar – hot Spanish doughnuts and dipping sauces 
Hot Sausage Company – hot pork sausages in a roll 

BOTANIC GARDEN – café serving range of hot and cold food, drinks and children’s meals (closes at 7pm) 

FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM – café serving hot and cold snacks and drinks (closes at 7pm); outdoor hot chocolate stall (closes at 7pm) 

POLAR MUSEUM – café serving hot and cold snacks and drinks. Please note: this may be subject to change. Check Twilight web page for future updates 

FARMLAND MUSEUM & DENNY ABBEY – tearoom serving hot and cold drinks and snacks 

CAMBRIDGE MUSEUM OF TECHNOLOGY – shop selling take-away hot drinks and snacks​


TOILET FACILITIES
All venues* have toilets.
* Toilet facilities are unavailable inside the Sedgwick Museum. Additional toilets with baby changing facilities will be provided on the Downing Street site nearby.
* All Saints Church toilets located at Wescott House.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILMING
Photography will be taking place throughout the evening. Signage will advise of chosen locations. Please notify a steward or member of staff if you do not wish to be photographed.

 




This event is organised by University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) whose work is supported using public funding through Arts Council England. The funding is enabling the world class collections of the UCM to be enjoyed by all. Twilight at the Museums is an annual event for families highlighting the museums as places of entertainment and exploration 

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