Show Scotland Celebrates Scottish Museums & Galleries

By 24 Hour Museum Staff | 03 May 2007
  • News
  • Archived article
show scotland logo

Show Scotland is the annual celebration of Scotland's museums and galleries.

Show Scotland, the annual celebration of Scotland’s museums and galleries, takes place this bank holiday weekend May 4 – 7 2007 with an array of cultural events right across the country.

The initiative, led by the Scottish Museums Council (SMC), offers visitors from Scotland, the UK and overseas the chance to take in a varied programme of free events that range from late night openings and creative workshops to special tours and family themed activities.

“Show Scotland is all about using unique museum spaces and their diverse collections for creative events that really capture the public’s imagination,” said Joanne Orr, Director of the Scottish Museums Council.

a photograph of a quayside with yachts and fishing vessels moored

Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther will be hosting a gig by King Creosote. © Scottish Fisheries Museum

“Last year was a great success and it is fantastic to see that weekend events are being organised all over the country this May to continue showcasing Scotland’s unique heritage and cultural wealth in new and imaginative ways.”

Events include a Scottish Night in the Museum at Kelvingrove, whilst at the National Gallery of Scotland love will be in the air for a special single’s night. Crazy headgear will be the order of the day at Pollock House for a mad hatter’s tea party, whilst critically acclaimed King Creosote will be playing in the unusual venue of the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther as part of their Spinning Yarns event.

Music will also be a major part of the late night opening at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum as it opens its doors late for the first time on Friday May 4. From 7pm until 9pm the museum will host a magical evening of dance, drama and ethereal music.

photo of a world war two spitfire fighter plane suspended from the roof of a museum gallery

Show Scotland events include an ambitious programme of music, dance and drama at Kelvingrove. © Glasgow City Council (Museums)

The evening involves tiny hunters stalking the legendary haggis through the Scottish Wildlife gallery while bees buzz by. The Lady Grange will be incarcerated, deranged, on the isle of St. Kilda whilst Bonny Prince Charlie calls the clans to arms as soldiers appear in the galleries.

Victorian ghosts will also be sipping tea in Miss Cranston’s tearoom as bagpipes sound, dancers dance and the heavy groove of techno-drumbeats draw the visitors to one of the most unusual museum events ever to happen in Scotland.

a photograph of a group of people in Victorian dress in the yard of a factory

Weaving Tales at the Verdant Works Dundee during 2006. © Scottish Museums

A website provides full details of events taking place across Scotland and visitors can search by location, date or by the name of the museum or gallery.

Related listings (12)
See all related listings »
Related resources (11)
See all related resources »