Museums at Night

Culture24 produces Museums at Night, the annual UK-wide festival of inspiring after-hours events, designed to encourage people to see arts, culture and heritage in a different light!

Museums at Night 2014 took place over the weekend of Thursday May 15 to Saturday May 17. 700 events took place in over 500 venues attracting close to 200,000 people. Museums at Night 2015 takes place from Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 May. This year BBC2 broadcast a one hour-long programme about the festival on the Saturday night and there was blanket coverage across BBC radio, online and nations and regional news and entertainment output.

The 2014 Museums at Night campaign image

Museums at Night 2014 (c) Stuart Kolakovic

The campaign has grown rapidly since Culture24 started it in 2009, with venues enthusiastically picking up the gauntlet to try and present something new and visitors voting with their feet, attending events in their droves.


A big part of Culture24′s campaign strategy involves working with partners that can add value to the festival. So over the last six years we have worked with the BBC, Sky Arts, the Guardian, the Times, the National Trust, English Heritage, the AA, Penguin, Faber & Faber, Radisson Edwardian Blu hotels and Future Shorts among others to enhance the offer to venues and visitors alike.

Resources to support participating venues can be found on the Museums at Night sector-facing blog, which features behind-the-scenes news from the campaign and case study guest posts from museums and galleries.

Keep up with all the latest news on the festival on the Museums at Night website.


Since 2012, Culture24 has run an exciting competition called Connect10, offering UK arts and heritage venues the chance to win one of ten adventurous contemporary artists and a bursary to support their Museums at Night event. In 2014 39 venues competed for the 10 artists, including Grayson Perry, Rankin and Spencer Tunick and reached out to their audiences for support: over 61,000 public votes were cast in two weeks, and 34 venues ran events and receive a share of the funding.

A mosiac featuring Spencer Tunick and Rankin

Some of the 2014 festival artists

If you’re interested in sponsoring the campaign or working in partnership, please contact Nick Stockman at or on 01273 623279.

If you have any questions about participating, please contact Rosie Clarke at or on 01273 623336.

“(Museums at Night is)

Perfect for people like me who work full time and would rather gouge their eyes out than go to a museum on weekends with all the crowds.”

 Another satisfied customer!


Sponsor Museums at Night

Culture24 runs Museums at Night, the annual UK-wide festival of after-hours culture which explodes into life every May.

Top 3 reasons to sponsor Museums at Night:

- over 500 heritage venues take part nationwide: museums, galleries, heritage sites and historic buildings

- its phenomenal reach: over £3.4 million worth of media coverage including TV, radio and broadsheets

- it features artists and personalities in unusual places such as Bompas & Parr at the ss Great BritainGrayson Perry at York Museum and Public Service Broadcasting at the RAF Museum

Watch the video

See the world in a different light (02:44)

Find out more about the festival and what’s exciting our audience right now go to

Find out more about how we support our network of venues on our sector facing blog

Follow the chat on our Twitter feed

If you’re interested in sponsoring the campaign or working in partnership, please contact Nick Stockman at or on 01273 623279.

Read an independent evaluation of the 2012 campaign.

Download the Executive Summary.

Download the full Evaluation Report.