Museums at Night

Culture24 produces Museums at Night, the twice-yearly UK-wide festival of inspiring after-hours events, designed to encourage people to discover the amazing culture and heritage on their doorstep and to see museums and galleries in a different light!

Museums at Night is returning soon! Upcoming festival dates are:

Wednesday 17 – Saturday 20 May 2017
Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 October 2017

Wednesday 16 – Saturday 19 May 2018
Thursday 25 – Saturday 27 October 2018


Museums at Night May 2016 lightbulb design


The festival 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.

The two Museums at Night festivals in 2016 will involve hundreds of events taking place in cultural and heritage venues all over the UK: where will you go? See all the event listings here.

Would you like to receive email reminders about upcoming festival events you may be interested in? Join our mailing list here, and tick the box to let us know that you’re interested in Museums at Night!



Since 2012, Culture24 has run an exciting competition called Connect!, offering UK arts and heritage venues the chance to win an adventurous contemporary artist and a bursary to support their Museums at Night event.

In 2016, 18 venues competed for the chance to work with 5 artists: Aowen Jin, Bedwyr Williams, Marcus Coates, Susan Hiller and Peter Liversidge.

Th efaces of 5 people with the connect logo

Culture24 are supporting six emerging artists as part of this year’s Connect! programme. They are Joseph Doubtfire, Melissa Murray, Faye Spencer, Hazel Brill, Andrew & Caitlin Webb-Ellis (Webb-Ellis), and Rene McBrearty. Each artist is being mentored by one of the lead artists as they conduct the planning and implementation of their Museums at Night event.

Take part in the festival!

If you’re from a cultural or heritage organisation and would like to hold your own Museums at Night events, you’ll find a range of helpful resources and inspiring case studies on our website. If you have any questions about participating or would like to discuss your plans, please contact Rosie Clarke at or on 01273 523982.

Find out more about the festival, upcoming events and what’s exciting our audience right now at

Follow the festival excitement via the Museums at Night Twitter account.

“(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!



A big part of Culture24′s campaign strategy involves working with partners that can add value to the festival. 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. We’re always on the lookout for more opportunities to collaborate – email Nick Stockman if you’d like to work with us.


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

If you’re interested in sponsoring the campaign or working in partnership, please contact Nick Stockman at or on 01273 523983.