Museums at Night

Culture24 produces Museums at Night, the twice-yearly UK-wide festival of inspiring after-hours events. Museums at Night encourages people to discover the amazing culture and heritage on their doorstep and to see museums and galleries in a different light.

Culture24 is also exploring the possibilities that Lates have for the museums sector. We recently published a series of unique research reports that set out the opportunities of nurturing after-hours programming.


Upcoming festival dates

Museums at Night is returning soon! The next festival is taking place on:

Thursday 25 – Saturday 27 October 2018


Museums at Night May 2016 lightbulb design


The festival has grown rapidly since Culture24 started it in 2009, with venues enthusiastically picking up the gauntlet to try and present something new. Visitors have voted with their feet, attending events in their droves.

Each Museums at Night festival involves hundreds of events taking place in cultural and heritage venues all over the UK, so where will you go? See all event listings.

If you would like to receive email reminders about upcoming festival events, join our mailing list. Please tick the box to let us know that you’re interested in Museums at Night!

Visit the Museums at Night site for more information and event listings.


Run your own festival events!

If you’re from a cultural or heritage organisation and would like to hold your own Museums at Night events, you’ll find a range of helpful resources and inspiring case studies on our website.

If you have any questions about participating or would like to discuss your plans, please contact Rosie Clarke at or on 01273 523982.

Find out more about the festival, upcoming events and what’s exciting our audience right now at

Follow the festival excitement via the Museums at Night Twitter account.


“(Museums at Night is)

Perfect for people like me who work full time and would rather gouge their eyes out than go to a museum on weekends with all the crowds.”

 Another satisfied customer!



A big part of Culture24′s campaign strategy involves working with partners that can add value to the festival. Over the last six years we have worked with the BBC, Sky Arts, the Guardian, the Times, the National Trust, English Heritage, the AA, Penguin, Faber & Faber, Radisson Edwardian Blu hotels and Future Shorts among others to enhance the offer to venues and visitors alike. We’re always on the lookout for more opportunities to collaborate - email Nick Stockman if you’d like to work with us.


Sponsor Museums at Night

Culture24 runs Museums at Night, the annual UK-wide festival of after-hours culture which explodes into life every May.

Top 3 reasons to sponsor Museums at Night:

- over 500 heritage venues take part nationwide: museums, galleries, heritage sites and historic buildings

- its phenomenal reach: over £3.4 million worth of media coverage including TV, radio and broadsheets

- it features artists and personalities in unusual places such as Bompas & Parr at the ss Great BritainGrayson Perry at York Museum and Public Service Broadcasting at the RAF Museum

If you’re interested in sponsoring the campaign or working in partnership, please contact Nick Stockman at or on 01273 523983.



Since 2012, Culture24 has run an exciting competition called Connect!, offering UK arts and heritage venues the chance to win an adventurous contemporary artist and a bursary to support their Museums at Night event.

In 2016, 18 venues competed for the chance to work with five artists: Aowen Jin, Bedwyr Williams, Marcus Coates, Susan Hiller and Peter Liversidge.

Th efaces of 5 people with the connect logo

Culture24 also supported six emerging artists as part of the Connect! programme: Joseph Doubtfire, Melissa Murray, Faye Spencer, Hazel Brill, Andrew & Caitlin Webb-Ellis (Webb-Ellis), and Rene McBrearty. Each artist was mentored by one of the lead artists as they conducted the planning and implementation of their Museums at Night event.