Explore our collections after-hours with friends and a glass of wine. Enjoy talks, drawing sessions, escape games and performances 

Experience a night out in Cambridge like no other. Enjoy late night access to three University of Cambridge Museums and the Cambridge University Library. Museums at Night gives adults a taste of after-hours exploration, talks, drawing sessions, performance and late night bars - all certain to stimulate and make for an exciting evening of entertainment.  


The Art of Pure Observation of Things
An evening of drawing at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, 7-9pm


Spend a night brushing up your observation and sketching skills in the beautiful Watson gallery housed beneath the Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences. Inspired by the work of Agostino Scilla, a 17th century Renaissance artist and pioneer in the study of fossils, have a go at creating your own observational masterpieces with some of the museums most beautiful objects as your subject.  

Plus get the chance to see examples of Scilla’s work and handle 3D prints of this unique fossil collection.

All drawing materials provided. With a late-night cash bar.

[We regret that no food or drink is permitted during the event apart from the refreshments provided]

This event is now SOLD OUT


Cluescape: The Hunden Games 
Cambridge University Library, timed slots until 9.30pm


Travel back to 1416 and take part in an interactive escape game in the 600 year old University Library. The wills of Mr Loring and Mr Hunden, bequeathed to the library for safe-keeping, have been locked away. You’ve been tasked with finding them. With the help of the Library’s collections and some famous figures along the way, can you solve the puzzles and crack the codes in time?

A 50 minute game for teams of 2-8 players

This event is now SOLD OUT

After-hours opening
The Fitzwilliam Museum, 5-9pm

Drop-in and explore the collections after-hours, catch a Jazz performance in the Courtyard and enjoy a spot of late-night shopping. With cocktails and Mediterranean nibbles + platters available from the café.

Free, just drop-in

Death on the Nile
Enjoy the chance to view Death on the Nile: Uncovering the afterlife of ancient egypt after-hours.
More information.

Free, drop-in

Writing Lives: Death on the Nile with novelist Sophie Hannah
The Fitzwilliam Museum, 6.45-7.30pm Talk and book signing

Optional exhibition viewing, 6-6.45pm

To celebrate the Death on the Nile exhibition, join crime novelist and poet Sophie Hannah as she talks about writing her new Poirot murder mystery, The Monogram Murders,  and what it was like to be given permission to write it by the Agatha Christie estate. Plus hear about her latest novel A Game for all the Family.

Free, Pre-booking advised
To find out more and to book please visit the Fitzwilliam Museum website

Lucky 13
The Polar Museum, 7-9.30pm

Has your life ever been held balanced on a knife edge? Has your fate been taken out of your hands? The difference between glory and ignominy depending on a mere gust of wind? The Polar Museum at S.P.R.I hosts the Cambridge Storytellers as they recount adventures from the extreme North and South of the planet. Be immersed in tales and legends of Inuits and epic Trans-Antarctic expeditions where good luck, and bad, can turn worlds upside down.

With a late-night cash bar

£6, Pre-booking advised
Find out more and book your place online

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Museums at Night is a national initiative run by Culture 24. To find out more please visit the Museums at Night website