Twilight at the Museums 2018

Head out on an atmospheric after-dark adventure 

Do you have a child with a sense of wonder? A willingness to find out more? Then this half-term head to Twilight at the Museums for a feast of the intriguing, inspiring and knowledge-nourishing. 

Once again, the team at University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden have come up with a packed programme for the latest instalment of the family evening of exploration, which takes place on 13 February from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. There are several museums and collections to visit after dark, in this free after-hours event.

With the lights turned down at all venues, pack a torch and experience neon navigation at All Saints Church, meet  Arctic explorers at the Polar Museum, set out on a scientific mission across the Whipple Museum and crack codes at the Museum of Technology. There are events at Denny Abbey, Wisbech, St Ives and Newmarket for you to explore. Twilight What’s On programmes will be available from all the museums taking part for you to plan ahead. Here’s a rundown of some of what you can see...

Twighlight Highlights

Neon Navigation

All Saints Church, Jesus Lane

Find fluorescent figures using UV torches around the church, and make shapes with light boxes.

Can you keep a secret?

Museum of Cambridge with Cambridge Museum of Technology, Castle Street

Decipher codes that have been used to hide secrets and design a devilishly difficult cypher. Sessions at 4pm and 6pm.

Actions Alight

Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street

Pick up a Twilight Trail by illustrator Joe Lyward and explore the exhibition Actions: the Image of the World can be Different. Discover the new gallery after dark.

Fabulous Fossils and Where to Find Them

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Downing Street

Search among the shadows to spot ice age wonders. From fabulous fossils to marvellous minerals, find your favourite.

Eclipse Expedition

Whipple Museum

In the gloom join historic explorers and gather vital equipment as you travel across distant lands to
witness a strange a rare solar eclipse.

Meet the Explorers

The Polar Museum, Lensfield Road

Meet some of the characters that have made polar history. Meet Lady Jane Franklin, who spent years searching for her husband, lost in the arctic, plus Captain Scott and some modern polar explorers too.

Orchid Adventure

Botanic Garden, Brookside

Hunt for orchids after dark. Find out about the different parts of the plant, from spongy roots
to clever water storage.

A Kaleidoscope of Colour

Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street

How can colour change how you see things? Enjoy pigment demonstrations, musical performances, interactive play and dazzling projections.

Rocks, Fossils and Maps

University Library, West Road

Find out how the world beneath our feet used to be imagined by our ancestors. As well as the rocks, fossils and maps, explore the exhibition Landscapes Below.

Light Fantastic

Cambridge Science Centre

Discover the mysteries of light and colour, with exhibits and mini-demos in the dark. 

Fenland Imps and Fairies

Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey

Trails and crafts themed on magical beings of the Fens.

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