Festival of museums

The inaugural Festival of Museums will see a jam-packed programme of 75 events taking place day and night across the country from May 13 to 15, with six events taking place across Dundee and Angus.

Museums Galleries Scotland, who is spearheading the festival, is working side by side with Culture24’s Museums at Night and the Europe-wide celebration, La Nuit des Musées, to place Dundee firmly on the international cultural map.

Festival of Museums features an eclectic and colourful range of concerts, talks, workshops, performances and exhibitions, and many of the events are free. Highlights from the Festival of Museums Dundee programme include: fairytales and music at Glenesk Folk Museum; behind-the-scenes at the McManus Egyptian and Collections units; guided tours at Broughty Castle Museum; an exploration of the fascinating 18th century Hawkhill House; plus a journey of one of the UK’s most expansive medical complexes.

Joanne Orr, Chief Executive of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: “The first ever Festival of Museums is a celebration of Scottish culture and all that is fantastic about Scotland, with events that explore our past, present and future. It highlights Scotland’s museums and galleries as great year-round visitor attractions with something for people of all ages to enjoy.”

Matthew Jarron, Museum Curator at the University of Dundee, adds: “I would encourage everyone to put the Festival of Museums weekend in their diaries and visit as many of the events as possible. There is a fantastic mix of things taking place all over the country and Dundee’s museums have worked together to create a really interesting programme locally.”

Full details from www.festivalofmuseums.com