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Festival of Museums

Scots museums preparing for big weekend

Festival of Museums

The next Festival of Museums is launched this week aiming to get visitors involved in more than 100 activities taking place across the country over one weekend in mid-May.

This is the sixth annual event and it is organised by Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) which is working in partnership with Culture 24/Museums at Night taking place over the same weekend between 15 and 17 May.

It will feature an eclectic and colourful range of concerts, talks, workshops, performances and exhibitions showcasing the country’s culture and history.  It caters to all ages and interests and events include historical re-enactments to children’s storytelling and arts & crafts.

MGS is also working with Voluntary Arts Scotland and Voluntary Arts Week to develop partnerships between museums and voluntary arts groups across the various art forms.

Joanne Orr, chief executive of Museums Galleries Scotland, who was involved in the inaugural event in 2011, said: “Festival of Museums is about igniting imaginations while celebrating Scotland’s wealth of culture.”

There are museums for every conceivable collection, from coins and costumes to archaeology and fine art. The National Mining Museum at Newtongrange is built around a renovated Victorian colliery, while the Reid Concert Hall Museum of Instruments, features an exhibition of a thousand musical instruments in Edinburgh.

Organisers believe many residents, as well as visitors, are unaware of some of the exhibits around them and how they cater for every taste from sport to ancient artefacts.

 

 

Details from www.festivalofmuseums.com

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