Do exhibits in museums really come to life when the lights are turned off? Come and find out for yourself from 16-19 May, when some of Bristol and Bath’s most famous attractions will be open for some late night culture in Museums at Night. The established nationwide event allows visitors to experience participating museums, galleries and heritage sites like never before!

Here’s a peek at what they’ve got planned…

Museums at Night: Trying it on at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (16 May)

Free

7.30pm—10pm

With performances created by one of the UK’s leading choreographers, Lea Anderson MBE, this Museums at Night will feature stunning costumes by award winning designers. Based on notions of identity, class and gender, take this opportunity to catch outstanding performances, explore the whole museum, enjoy a drink, encounter surprises and pay a visit to an exhibition by one of the UK’s best-known artists, Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences.

Bristol museum and art gallery-Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Rawhead Rex at St John On The Wall (16 May)

£5 per person

8pm-10pm

Join Bristol Bad Film Club at this extra special event as part of the Museums at Night festival. Head to the creepy, but beautiful medieval crypt of St John On The Wall Church (built into Bristol’s ancient city wall) and watch the terrifically terrible Rawhead Rex, a bad film classic. At time of going to press, tickets had sold out.

St John on the Wall

Museums at Night at Brunel’s SS Great Britain (17 May)

£10 including gin tasting

7pm – 10pm

Enjoy a rare chance to explore Brunel’s engineering masterpiece, the SS Great Britain, and newly-opened museum, Being Brunel when the lights go down. With live music and gin tasting from 6 O'clock Gin (three tastings included with your ticket), this is an experience not to be missed! A bar and food will also be available.

Museums at Night SSGB

Image - Brunel's SS Great Britain, credit Adam Gasson

Museums at Night: Party in the City at The Roman Baths (18 May)

Included in admission price

6pm-10pm (last entry 9pm)

Tap along to live Swing music, discover more about the famous Roman Baths and experience the spectacular torchlit Great Bath. Tickets are no longer available online but can be bought at the front desk on arrival. Free to Resident Discovery Card holders.

Roman Baths

Museums at Night at American Museum in Britain (19 May)

£15 per adult including drink and snack, £5 per child, includes drink and snack

6pm – 9pm

The American Museum in Britain is the only museum of Americana outside the United States. Visitors are taken on a journey through the history of America, from its early settlers to the twentieth century and its remarkable collection of folk and decorative arts show the diverse nature of American traditions. On this special Museums at Night event, you’ll head into uncharted territory to uncover the mysteries of the museum in a fun family evening of hijinks and storytelling. Make sure you take a torch and warm clothing!

American Museum in Britain

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