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This May will see the return of Festival of Museums – the annual three day treat of a host of exciting and innovative day and night events in museums and galleries throughout Scotland.
To mark the launch of this year’s Festival of Museums jam-packed programme of events, historic figures from eras of the last century will be queuing up within the Riverside Museum to ensure that they are part of this year’s festival.
Dressed in costumes which span the decades from the 1900s to 1990s – they represent just a snippet of the historical characters and episodes in Scotland’s history which feature in the extensive programme of events.
Festival of Museums will be staged over the weekend 18 – 20 May 2012. From Aberdeen to Ayrshire and Skye to Stirling, there’s an ever-growing programme with more than 50 confirmed events so far Scotland-wide, and many of the events are free.
This year, visitors can enjoy some sleuthing at the Bell Pettigrew Museum in St Andrew’s; settle down to some wistful and wonderful Celtic fairy tales at the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens in Glasgow; discover Scotland’s ‘horrible history’ at the Falconer Museum in Forres, Moray; listen to Tosca in the National Galleries in Edinburgh or attend a Japanese tea ceremony at Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura. From little ones to big kids, and young Einsteins to avid inventors – there’s something for everyone.
The Festival, organised by Museums Galleries Scotland, coincides with other Europe-wide celebrations of the many eclectic cultural experiences offered to visitors by museums and galleries.
Joanne Orr, Chief Executive of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: “Festival of Museums is about igniting imaginations while celebrating Scotland’s wealth of culture. The festival’s real victory is the sheer variety of museums taking part – the programme includes many events in the bigger museums as well as communities working together to offer a new experience at their local museum. This allows everyone to get involved and makes the weekend the perfect excuse to finally get around to enjoying a museum which you have been intending to visit or to simply pop in to your ‘local’ for a bit of fun and inspiration.”
Full details of this year’s Festival of Museums events programme are available online at festivalofmuseums.com
Museums who would like to take part in the Fesival should visit Festival of Museums
26th Mar 2012
Aberdeen City & Shire
Angus and Dundee
Argyll, The Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling & Trossachs
Ayrshire & Arran
Dumfries and Galloway
Edinburgh & The Lothians
The Outer Hebrides
The Kingdom of Fife
Glasgow & the Clyde Valley