Discover the excitement of Cambridge Museums after dark

Wednesday 17 February 2016, 4.30 – 8.30pm       

The University of Cambridge Museums celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Twilight at the Museums; a free evening of family-friendly adventure after dark.

Twilight at the Museums is a FREE after-dark event for families where museums and collections across the city open their doors for a variety of torch-lit and illuminated adventures. With free drop-in activities and themed trails across 10 locations, there is plenty for families to enjoy.

Embark on a hunt for gadgets and gizmos at The Whipple Museum; spot the difference between Arctic and Antarctic animals with The Polar Museum; find dinosaurs lurking in the shadows of the Sedgwick Museum; and don’t miss the 'Horrible Histories' music performances and daredevil fire jugglers at the Cambridge Museum of Technology.

Twilight What’s On guides will be available from all participating museums and other venues from mid-January, however a downloadable version of the guide is available on this webpage. In the meantime, if you’d like to know more about what’s happening on the night, check out the information below and keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.

An evening to explore free drop-in events and activities…

Twilight on the Move
Various locations
Keep an eye out for our Twilight Bike as it projects a roving Twilight explorer and animated drawings onto local buildings and four museum sites. Inspired by objects found within the museums, school children from Cambridge have worked with Artist Zoe Chamberlain in collaboration with animator James Baker to create a travelling Twilight spectacle.

In collaboration with Arts Development East Cambridgeshire

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Downing Street
There’s Something about MAA…
There are some things big and some things tiny; some things tall and some things shiny. What will you find in MAA? Bring a torch, and try the Twilight trail to discover amazing things.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Plant Fever
Become a plant hunter for the evening and enjoy an adventure in the Garden’s glasshouse range. Journey through dry deserts, freezing alpine conditions and lush tropical rainforests on the hunt for special plants. 

Museum of Classical Archaeology
Sidgwick Avenue
Statues that go Bump in the Night
What happens in the Museum after dark? Do the statues start to move? Grab a torch and try the Twilight trail to bring our sculptures to life.

Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey
Ely Road, Waterbeach (A10)
Light up the Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey 
Discover the story of a little boy who started a collection in a shoe-box. Follow the light path and discover some amazing stories behind collected objects, local tools and ancient stones.

The Polar Museum with Museum of Zoology
Lensfield Road
Penguins, Whales and Bears! Oh My!
Can you tell the difference between Arctic and Antarctic animals? What life can you find under the ice? Visit the Polar Museum to find out more about wildlife at the poles with the amazing Museum of Zoology Outreach team.

Cambridge Guides
Downing Street
Guided Torchlight Tours
Uncover the secrets of the ancient streets and hear remarkable stories of the city on family torch lit tours. Timed tours depart from the Downing site throughout the night.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
Downing Street
Dinosaurs in the Dark
Hunt dinosaurs lurking in the shadows and find fossil treasures brought to life through sounds and light.
Museum shop open until 8.15pm.

Cambridge Science Centre
Jesus Lane
Science in the Dark
Get experimental with some hands-on science - in the dark. Find out more about light and astronomy through a range of shows, demonstrations and workshops. Plus get interactive with the practical displays from the Cosmic exhibition.

Whipple Museum of the History of Science
Free School Lane
Gadgets and Gizmos
Take part in an epic hunt for gadgets and gizmos. Discover how scientific instruments can help make sense of the world around us. Complete your search to win a prize.

Cambridge Museum of Technology
Cheddars Lane
Sounds of Steam
Experience the museum through sound tours, 'Horrible Histories' music performances and hands-on activities. You’ll also find E-luminate light installations, fire jugglers and pedal-powered bands. Some activities are outside so wear sensible shoes.

Fitzwilliam Museum and Kettle’s Yard
Trumpington Street
Twilight at the Fitzwilliam
The Fitzwilliam Museum will be teaming up with Kettle's Yard to bring you creative workshops with artist Lizzy Hobbs, storytelling with Vanessa Woolf and a light-inspired museum trail. Hunt for objects in the twilight, explore a world of shadows and look out for the e-Luminate light installation on the Museum facade.
Drop-in artist workshop with Lizzy Hobbs at 4.30, 5.30, 6.30pm - number restrictions apply.
Drop-in story-telling sessions at 4.45, 5.45, 6.45pm - number restrictions apply.

Museum of Cambridge
Castle Street
As if by Magic
Featuring glass slides from the Museum's own collection, watch a mesmerising demonstration of a Magic Lantern, an early projector first invented in the 1600s. Then have a go making your own colourful slide to take home.

Catering and Hot Drinks
There will be plenty of refreshment options to keep your Twilight batteries charged, but please remember not to bring food and drink into the museums. 

Caffe Mobile (Downing Street site): Hot and cold drinks, cakes and snacks
Steak & Honour Burgers (Downing Street site): Traditional burgers, chips, hot and cold drinks
Botanic Garden Cafe (closes at 8pm): Hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks
Fitzwilliam Museum Café (closes at 8pm): Savoury snacks, cakes, hot and cold drinks
Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey Tearoom: Cakes, snacks, hot and cold drinks

Accessibility:  The Museums welcome all visitors with access requirements and each venue is fully accessible by wheelchair. If you have any questions about accessibility prior to the event, please contact Susan Miller on 01223 746406 or email

Toilets: All museums* have toilets; additional toilet facilities are located on the Downing Street site.
*Toilet facilities for Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences will be provided by the additional amenities on the Downing Street site. 

Please note that filming and photography may take place across locations on the night. Perimeter signage will advise on where this is taking place. Please notify a steward or member of staff during the event if you do not wish to be photographed, filmed or recorded.