Museum lates in May
You are spoilt for choice in May, as venues across the country open after-hours for Museums at Night weekend.
Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth
Meet your Tudor guide at the gate before heading inside for a torchlit tour of the infamous 16th-century warship. As well as craft activities and stories from the crew, you might even get to enjoy an audience with Henry VIII and his Queen. (14 May, 6-9pm. £5).
Horniman Museum, London
This nature-themed event features tours, taxidermy, 1920s documentary films and street artists who paint wildlife as you watch. Cocktails, food and music also add to this adult-only after hours event. (14 May, 6.30-9.30pm. £5).
Roman Baths, Bath
As the sun goes down over the city, dance to swing music by the Great Bath or make your own melody on the replica Roman water organ. Live performances come from ancient lyre player, Michael Levy, and medieval music makers, Waytes & Measures. (15 May, 6-10pm. £14)
Keats House, London
Try your hand at shadow puppetry, create your own Regency silhouette, or join a twilight tour around the Georgian villa in Hampstead where John Keats lived, fell in love and wrote many of his most famous verses of poetry. (15 May, 7-9.30pm. £8).
Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool
An unscripted, uncensored (and unqualified) tour guide from impro-theatre company, Impropriety, will take you around this gothic museum, discussing the history of the building and the exhibitions on display. (15 May, tours at 5pm, 6.30pm and 8pm. Free)
Charles Dickens Museum, London
No.48 Doughty Street in Bloomsbury – former home to the great writer – opens its doors for an evening of costumed butter-churning demonstrations, film screenings and candlelight readings of pieces written in the house. Live music, locally-sourced food and gin are also on offer. (15 May, 6-10pm. £12).
Grant Museum of Zoology, London
It's your chance to play Poirot as you scour the museum for clues to crack this gruesome murder mystery case. Prizes will be given to the team with the best sleuthing skills, as well as to the best dressed detectives on the night. (15 May, 6.30-9pm. Free).
Powis Castle and Garden, Welshpool
Explore this medieval castle and grounds in the spooky twilight, including the incredible collection of 300 artefacts from India and the Far East – such as statues of Hindu gods and ceremonial armour. (15 May, 6-9pm. Free with National Art Pass).
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
A sunset viewing of James Turrell's Deer Shelter Skyspace and a twilight river walk are among the after-hours events, as well as a Henry Moore-inspired storytelling session, which will bring to light the mysterious elements of his work. (16 May, 5-9pm. Prices per event).
Cromer Museum, Cromer
A cast of colourful characters bring the Victorian era to life, from a fossil collector to a rug maker. Make your own Peg Soldier, enjoy live music from The Time Fiddlers and marvel at the lifesize mechanical model of the West Runton elephant. (16 May, 6-9pm. Free).
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