Prestongrange at night. Courtesy East Lothian Council Museum Service
Museums, heritage sites, locations and collections are offering a range of exclusive events that explore the wonders of the natural world for Museums at Night this year. Check out our guide to some of the best announced so far, and click on the link for each event to find out more and book your place...
Any nature lover worth their torch knows that some of the most fascinating creatures hop around gardens at night, which makes Museums at Night an opportune occasion to find a few of them among some picturesque habitats.
Become one of the Creatures of the Night at Prestongrange in East Lothian, where the resident rangers will be leading a late night walk to spot moths, bats, foxes, mice and, perhaps most importantly, hot drinks. Tickets flew off the bird boxes last year, so book early to avoid missing out.
Find out whether taxidermy terrors come alive at night at the Grant Museum of Zoology, where you can discover how badgers, owls, aye-ayes and their moon-following peers have evolved to live without light.
Englesea Brook Chapel at night. Courtesy Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum, © John Cornell
At the splendidly-named Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum in Crewe, bat expert Ged Ryan is on hand for a safari into the world of British bats. The night includes the chance to use detecting equipment to sense the winged wonders as they hover above you in an event which might just live up to its tagline of the battiest night in Cheshire.
Down at The Eden Project, they've cultivated their own ecosystems in the form of a biome of plants, soil and organisms. Explore the sights, smells and sounds of the tropics in complete darkness at the popular Cornish eco-centre, accompanied by stories.
Learn how to photograph your own garden at night at The Garden Museum
If you're more into taking a few snaps of the crawlies, photographer Linda Rutenberg is leading a workshop on capturing your garden at night at the Garden Museum in London.
She's written two definitive volumes on the process – Gardens at Night and The English Garden at Night – so there are no excuses for missing out if you're curious about the nocturnal environment your garden is sheltering.
Museums at Night events are being added all the time so don't forget to check the Museums at Night homepage to find out what's going on near you.