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Twilight at the Museums - A FREE night of exploration for families

Wednesday 20 February 2019, 4.30 – 7.30pm  

This February half-term, take a leap into the unknown and explore 14 local museums and collections after dark… Experience museums and collections in a different way, discover somewhere new, and unearth some remarkable objects.

Twilight at the Museums is a FREE after-hours event for families where museums and collections across the city turn down the lights and open their doors for after-hours fun. With free, drop-in activities and themed trails across the venues, there is plenty for families to enjoy.

Download our Twilight What’s On programme or pick up a copy from all participating museums and other venues. Keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.




Event List

All Saints' Church
Jesus Lane
Neon Navigation
Use UV torches to find fabulous fluorescent creatures hidden around the church; make shapes and patterns with light boxes; or tell a story using shadow puppets.   

Museum of Cambridge
Castle Street
Torches, Trinkets, Treasure!
Explore some weird and wonderful objects from the Museum’s collection in an interactive session with arts and crafts, object handling and more. Follow the trail and discover hidden secrets within the Museum – what might you find?

Kettle’s Yard
Castle Street
Light, Dark and Luminosity!
Begin your night with a luminous trail and discover the Gallery’s new exhibitions. See the spaces in new ways and take part in some creative activities that play with light and image projections. Don’t forget your torch… and watch out for the big spider!

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
Downing Street
The Sedgwick Shadows
Explore the Museum after dark and search among the shadows for fabulous fossils and marvellous minerals. Use your torch to uncover secrets in the murky cabinets and discover something new.
Please note: queues may be likely at busy periods

Museum of Zoology
Downing Street
T-wit T-who Comes Out at Night?
Is it an owl? Is it a bat? Explore the Museum after dark and discover nocturnal creatures with puppets and more.
Please note: queues may be likely at busy periods

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Downing Street
MAA’s Magical Musical Tour
The lights are off, but the music is on! Beats of Polynesia will be playing live at the Museum as you hunt around the galleries for musical instruments, dancing clothes and all things needed to put on a show.

Museum of Classical Archaeology
Sidgwick Avenue
Torchlight Explorers
Torches at the ready. The Museum can be a spooky place after dark. Explore and complete the Twilight trail… if you dare.

University Library
West Road
Manuscripts and Music by Candlelight
Experience beautiful decorated manuscripts displayed just as they would have been in the past – lit by candlelight. All accompanied by music of the period performed live by students from the Music Faculty.
Please note: suitable for ages 7+

The Polar Museum
Lensfield Road
Historic Explorers
Visit in the dark and travel back in time. The Museum will be bringing to life some of the amazing characters who have made polar history. Meet Martin Frobisher, an Elizabethan explorer with gold on his mind, not to mention the Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton who led his men to safety after his ship sank.
Please note: at busy periods the Museum will be operating a one-in, one-out policy

Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Red Alert
Did you know that one in five of the world’s plant species are in danger of becoming extinct? The good news is that botanic gardens (and you!) can help. Embark on an amazing journey around the glasshouses after dark; see some of the world’s most endangered plants and meet the people helping plants survive.
Please note: Entrance via Brookside Gate only.

Fitzwilliam Museum with the Whipple Museum of the History of Science
Trumpington Street
Starry Night
Enjoy a star-lit adventure both inside and outside the Museum. With special light displays, music, craft and astronomy. Bring your torches and see the Museum come to life.
Please note: accessible buggy/wheel chair access via the Courtyard Entrance. Buggy parking will be available on the front lawn.  

Cambridge Science Centre
44 Clifton Road
Science at Sundown
Get hands-on with science to reveal the mysteries of light. What will you discover as the sun goes down? Come along to find out.


This year, explore even further with Twilight events and activities at:

Norris Museum
St Ives
Night at the Norris
Visit and explore the darkened galleries – what will you discover? Make your own glowing firefly and help locate the baby fireflies that have escaped in the museum!

Cromwell Museum
​Cromwell by Candlelight
Take the chance to visit the Museum lit up in the way Cromwell would have known – by candlelight! Meet visitors from the 17th century and enjoy period sounds and music too.                                    

Wisbech & Fenland Museum
Chinese New Year at Wisbech
Celebrate Chinese New Year with a special FREE after-hours opening just for families and discover some unusual Chinese objects showcased in the Museum’s collection.

Palace House: National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art
Twilight at Palace House: The Wow, The Weird, The Wonderful
Palace House will be turning down the lights and opening its doors for after-hours fun. The Museum’s The Wow, The Weird and The Wonderful trail will take you around the main galleries where you will find all sorts of surprising and unusual objects.  Bring your torch to make the most of this event.

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