Projects, events and news from the University of Cambridge Museums
From thoughtful to playful, from quiet meandering to full-on getting involved, your after-hours museum fix is taken care of.
Friends, a glass of wine, exhibitions, music, talks and a great atmosphere – what more could you want for your pre-weekend entertainment?
and here’s the line-up…
THURSDAY 14 MAY
What do we mean by ‘green’? The environment is a vast series of subjects. The museums of Cambridge hide a history of how we have understood the environment and the problems it now faces, deep in their archives and in the objects in plain sight. This project has worked with local people to unearth the hidden stories that our museums have to tell.
As part of Museums at Night, join us for a discussion to find out the secret environmental stories hidden in our museums.
This event is in partnership the Whipple Museum.
FRIDAY 15 MAY
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
The Power of Paper – evening opening
Friday 15 May
Inspired by our special exhibition, discover ‘The Power of Paper’ with drop in events and art activities.
Museum of Classical Archaeology
Drink and Draw
Join us for a glass of wine, pick up a pencil and get involved as we sketch among our sculptures after hours with expert guidance from artist Susie Olczak.
All abilities are welcome, no prior experience is required and materials will be provided.
We’ll also be open to those who wish to browse the collection in this special late night opening.
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Open until 9pm
The Courtyard café and shop will be open late too, with refreshments and cakes available from the café until 8.30pm.
Come and explore the world class collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum and its exhibitions after hours, and enjoy one of the following special events:
The Imagination Museum
4pm, 5pm, 7pm, 8pm
Admission is by timed ticket released on the day, in batches, from the Museum’s Courtyard Entrance.
Everything is not as it seems in The Imagination Museum. Allow us to introduce you to Mildred, Henry and Harriet, three eccentric tour-guides who will bring to life a series of museum artefacts through words and movement. The Imagination Museum has been created with choreography by Katie Green, in collaboration with writer Anna Selby, with original music by Max Perryment. It will awaken everyone’s curiosity and desire to explore the nooks and crannies of the museum space.
David Kindersley – Alphabetician: The Hidden Face of Lettering
An illustrated talk by Lida Kindersley, to complement the Museum display.
A dedicated follower of fashion: Fashion aficionados from the seventeenth-century and today
A talk with Ulinka Rublack, Maisie Broadhead and Isabella Newell, to complement the display ‘A Young Man’s Progress’.
New oysters, fresh oysters!
A performance of sung street cries from the seventeenth and eighteenth-centuries by Caius Consort, to complement the Treasured Possessions exhibition.
Enjoy the sun going down in the house at Kettle’s Yard with pop up talks about the collection and a tour of the ‘New Rhythms’ exhibition by curator Dr Jennifer Powell. Music from the ballet Anka’s Story will be performed by composer Alex Cook in the house.
Tour will begin at 6pm, meet in the shop.
Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
Museum: Free, drop-in
Escape game: £30 per group
Enjoy a glass of wine and a wander with friends, or for those with a taste for adventure book now to take part in an Escape Game.
Escape the Crystal Room
ookable slots: 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm
£30 per group
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be locked in a museum after dark?
Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to escape the Crystal Room in an interactive live escape game designed for groups of 3 to 8 people. Find the hints and clues, solve puzzles, and crack codes as you race against time in order to escape from a room you are locked in. This year’s game will be similar to last year, so if you have already escaped the Crystal Room don’t sign up as you’ll have too much of a head start!
Each game slot is 45 minutes. With only four slots available, book fast for your group. Bookings will only be reserved once payment is made. Each slot costs £30 no matter how many people are in the group.
Click here to book a place for your team
Museum After hours
For those looking for something at a slower pace, the Museum will also be open for you to browse, and a bar will be available.
Whipple Museum of the History of Science
Take 2! Back by popular demand, young researchers who have worked with the Whipple Museum and Library’s fascinating collections return to take over our galleries to chat and uncover the many intriguing stories behind the objects. Enjoy a complementary glass of wine whilst you explore the Museum after hours.