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It was bound to happen at some point. After two years of clear skies and clement temperatures we were due some dubious weather. And dubious it was, from start to finish the rain never ceased but that didn’t stop thousands of excited families turning out to experience Cambridge Museums after dark. Armed with torches of every variety, showers could not dampen their excitement and enthusiasm as they set out on a quest for adventure… all part of the annual Twilight at the Museums.
Now ten years old, this popular annual event sees museums and collections across the city open their doors for an evening of free, family discovery. With darkened galleries and drop-in events and activities throughout the night, the evening allows visitors to explore museums in different ways. Whether they were discovering a world of shadows at the Fitzwilliam Museum, enjoying Magic Lanterns at the Museum of Cambridge, or hunting dinosaurs at the Sedgwick Museum, with eleven venues to choose from there was loads for families to enjoy.
To make sure the fun continued while travelling between museums, the Cambridge Guides (complete with large umbrellas) led torch-lit tours of the City; while a specially adapted ‘Light Rider’ bike visited different locations to project an animated film created with local school children, inspired by museum collections.
With over 13, 300 visits recorded across the evening, queues were inevitable. Volunteer stewards were on hand to offer alternatives to families who wanted to avoid the crowds, and those families willing to wait braved the rain with enormous patience and good humour (thank you!). Luckily, Steak and Honour were on hand to keep everyone fuelled with gourmet burgers and chips, whilst Caffe Mobile offered warmth and sweet treats in the form of hot drinks and cakes.
This year’s Twilight has been our biggest and most popular to date. We would like to say a huge thank you to all staff and volunteers who contributed their hard work and energies to the evening; and especial thanks to all of you who visited – your enthusiasm and excitement helped make the night.
If you took part in this year’s event, we would love to hear what you thought about your evening. Just complete our short online questionnaire. All entries will be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher – almost makes up for all that rain.