Festival Of Museums Gets Underway This Weekend

Ghosts In A Gallery At Fest of Museums
  • Many events in the across Edinburgh & The Lothians have a 1940s theme from learning about Rock & Roll and swing dancing to a tea party at the University of Edinburgh
  • Festival will see 90+ events take place across Scotland this weekend
  • A range of workshops and exhibitions for the whole family to enjoy!

The Festival of Museums gets underway in Edinburgh & The Lothians this weekend, providing a cultural experience with a twist for the whole family to enjoy.

Events range from trying out painting and drawing skills using a 1940s technique at Edinburgh College of Art, learning about medical advances, to a family style 1940s tea party at St Cecilia’s Hall Museum of Instruments at the University of Edinburgh. Visitors can also learn about the birth of Rock & Roll and swing dance at the University, while there will also be an opportunity to learn about fossils at the Almond Valley Heritage Trust.

Those with a love of the outdoors can learn about John Muir’s love of wildlife at the Prestongrange Industrial Heritage Museum in East Lothian, while a special collaboration will also take place between the National Galleries of Scotland and the Edinburgh International Festival which will see a soprano, tenor and pianist perform Western classical music depicting the conflict of the First World War in the magnificent setting of the Scottish National Gallery (see images attached).

This year’s Festival of Museums, created and co-ordinated by Museums Galleries Scotland, will see over 90 events, workshops, exhibitions and performances take place in museums across the country over the weekend of 16 – 18 May.

Joanne Orr, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: “Featuring nearly 100 events, Festival of Museums 2014 is a great opportunity for the Edinburgh & The Lothians community to reconnect with their local culture and history, learn something new and fascinating, and discover the hidden gems that surround them.

“This year’s programme is packed full of great events taking place in museums across Scotland throughout the weekend of the 16-18th May. Visitors of all ages will be delighted with the unique, educational, and wonderful ideas and artefacts they will find throughout Scotland.”

Festival of Museums events will take place in museums across Scotland including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Falkirk, Stirling, Inverness, Aberdeen, Perth & Kinross, Fife, Angus & Dundee, Highlands, Dumfries & Galloway and Argyll & Bute.

Events will take place at various times throughout the weekend. Further details are available at: http://festivalofmuseums.com/

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