When you think of museums do you think of stuffy old dusty places you used to visit on school trips? Well this weekend is as good a time as ever to turn that impression on its head. Museums are great places for the culturally curious, they encourage us to delve deeper into fascinating and wide-ranging subjects, and this weekend museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the UK are opening their doors late into the night. We all know of the V&A and the British museum, but London plays host to many different types of places that you may never have heard of before, but with Museum Lates taking place this weekend you will have the chance to explore the cultural experiences London has to offer – in the dark!
The Grant Museum of Zoology – in Davis Brown’s neighbourhood of Fitzrovia, so we know it well. It’s the only remaining university zoological museum in London, housing around 68,000 specimens from the animal kingdom. With hundreds of skulls and skeletons on show this museum is sure to offer a creepy atmosphere, tying in nicely with Halloween weekend!
The Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre in Cavendish Square, Marylebone, is celebrating its 100th birthday. Discover how a Victorian Prime Minister and Victorian suffragettes turned a townhouse in Marylebone into a vital part of the modern NHS.
Keats House, Hampstead. The famous poet lived in this beautiful house from 1818 to 1820. They are opening their doors to combine food and fizz in this stunning Regency setting, while listening to romantic poetry written by Keats himself.
Charles Dickens Museum in Bloomsbury is opening its doors and celebrating Dickens After Dark. You will be able to explore the author’s dimly lit, beautiful townhouse just as it was when he lived there. With readings of his ghost stories to really get you in a ghoulish mood!
There are many more places taking part in Museum Lates this weekend including the Natural History Museum, Imperial War Museum, Vestry House Museum, Old Royal Naval College, Design Museum, Wellcome Collection. So whatever your favoured genre there is something to suit every taste, so head to the Museum Lates website and take your pick, you’ll be sure to have a fascinating experience!