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Torches, Trails and Treasures: Twilight at the Museums 2015

Wednesday 18 February saw families across Cambridge brave the cold and set out with their torches, glo-sticks and a quest for adventure! This was not a new approach to tackling late night shopping, but rather Twilight at the Museums, our annual after-hours event for families.

Now in its ninth year, this event has become a firm fixture in the Cambridge calendar, seeing museums and collections across the city opening their doors after-dark for an evening of free family fun. This year, we were delighted to be joined by the University Library, making a total of 13 organisations for families to visit. With a wide range of drop-in and bookable activities on offer, there was plenty to see and do – and with four hours available, visitors had time to pop-in and experience a number of venues.

Twilight blog-1The evening offered an opportunity to discover collections in different ways. Some museums were immersed in darkness – meaning torches were an essential part of the Twilight ‘kit’ – others were flooded with light, combining exciting trails and activities to help families uncover hidden treasures. From creating ‘Creatures of Twilight’ at the Museum of Cambridge, taking a dip into the depths of the ocean at The Polar Museum or playing ‘Guess Who’ with the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, there was a huge amount on offer.

The adventure continued while travelling between the museums. Passing by the Fitzwilliam Museum meant an opportunity to see an interactive light display, and the Official Cambridge Guides were on-hand to lead torch-lit tours through the darkened historic streets. Rumbling tummies were also kept happy thanks to ‘Steak and Honour’ – burger van with a difference – and Caffe Mobile with their hot drinks and cakes.

Almost 10,700 visits were recorded across the museums and collections throughout the evening and a huge thank you to all those families, staff and volunteers who made Twilight 2015 such a success. We look forward to seeing you (and your torches) in 2016!

If you took part in this year’s event, we would love to hear about your experience. Just complete our short online questionnaire. In addition to a chance of winning a £50 Amazon voucher, your feedback will help in making next year’s event even better.

To find out more about Twilight at the Museums and other family events organised by the University of Cambridge Museums visit our website.

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