Museums at Night 2009 takes to the skies and delves deep underground

By Culture24 staff | 08 May 2009
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a bridge and illuminations

The Clifton Suspension Bridge © John Mcallister

Whether you want to scale the heights or plumb the depths - Museums at Night 2009 should have the event to suit you.


The Sir John Soane's Museum will be opening its famous crypt to late night visitors for special candlelit tours. The flickering light of candles will illuminate the sarcophagus of Egyptian King Seti I and make your way through the shadows of the monk’s parlour where Sir John entertained an imagined companion Padre Giovanni. You are promised an unforgettable evening and will get to see areas of the museum that are not normally open to the public. For more information go to the Sir John Soane’s Museum Website

North East

Ever wondered what lies beneath our feet in Newcastle – you can step underground and into the past by taking a free taster tour of part of the city’s Victoria Tunnel. Admire the achievement of the Victorian labourers and experience the conditions of the wartime shelter and interact with audio-visual artwork hidden within. For more information go to the Victoria Tunnel website

a candle lit crypt

Courtesy of Sir John Soanes Museum

West of England

If you want spectacular views and are looking for a bit of an adventure for museums at night, why not head to the Helicopter Museum in Weston-Super-Mare for a helicopter flight. The museum is playing host to 30 flight simulators where you can brush up on your own flying technique before taking to the skies with the professionals for a flight. Tickets can be booked on the Helicopter Museum website

Central England

The sky is certainly not the limit at the Vale and Downland Museum, which is offering you the chance to mission to the moon with Captain Cosmos. See real NASA moon rock, discover what it is like to travel into space and find out why astronauts where nappies. You can also join Wallace and Gromit on their flight to the moon with a special showing of Aardman animations 'A Grand Day Out' in the museums cinema. For more information go to the Vale and Downland Museum website

view from a helicopter

Courtesy of the Helicopter Museum

West of England

If you would prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground but still want to add a bit of height to your Museums at Night experience then take a light night tour of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The tour will pay particular attention to the state of the art illumination system that was switched on in 2006 and draws in visitors from across the world. For more information go to the Clifton Suspension Bridge website

For full listings of all of the Museums at Night 2009 events and stories and features to help you decide how you will spend the Museums at Night weekend go to the Museums at Night 2009 homepage

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