Scotland’s museums are getting ready to open their doors, vaults and imaginations for the annual Festival of Museums, a weekend-long celebration of the magic of heritage, science and history, so be sure to pencil museum fun into your diaries for Fri 13 – Sun 15 May!
With over 100 events in a packed weekend of fun right across the country, there’s sure to be something for the young and young-at-heart alike. This week we’ll be telling you all about some of the family fun you can expect, but stay tuned as we delve into the world of arts next time. If you missed our updates on the cool science, history and night-time events this year, just read below to get all the gossip.
Get your magnifying glasses ready and dust off those detective hats because some sneaky fossils and ferns have found their way into the displays in the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum in Dundee and they need your help to find them all! So round up your friends and family and head on over to the museum to take part in their quiz and fossil hunt festivities.
Join the Auld Kirk Museum for a family fun day full of oriental opulence and influence as part of their Big in Japan weekend. Karate kids will love the Shotokan demonstration and there will be opportunities to get stuck in with silk crafts, origami, face painting and glitter tattoos. You can event try on some beautiful kimonos!
Have your little soldiers at the ready to help Cruachan the Shetland pony with a very important job, and his friend, Sylvia the puppeteer, share tales of adventure based on the former inhabitants of Stirling Castle.
There’s lots of fun in Dunbar, where you can join John Muir for a fun romp through some of his greatest adventures, liberally salted with his wilderness philosophy. The show includes a few outrageous anecdotes, a great deal of humour, and one very long beard, but is suitable for both adults and children over five. Come to Dunbar Town House Museum after your walk for a big Lego build session inspired by John Muir.
The toys of the Museum of Childhood invite you to dress up like them for a magical party! Join them for games, storytelling, magic, art, cakes and jelly. The games will bring the toys in the museum alive for children, and there’ll also be party treats for you!
Visit Rozelle and see the Animals All Around Us! Find the animals in the park, and visit the Museum’s collection of specimens and taxidermy. Look out for a nuthatch, squirrel, Gruffalo, penguin and crocodile!
Get hands-on with Scottish architecture and discover how Sir John Fowler designed the iconic Forth Bridge. Budding engineers are invited to construct their own bridge in Ullapool Museum using a variety of materials like construction straws and giant building bricks.
There’ll be drama on the high seas at Arbroath Signal Tower Museum’s painting demonstration of Captain Fall’s attack on Arbroath in 1781. The demonstration will be by local artist Neil Paterson and followed by pirate craft activities for children of all ages. Aaaaarrrrrr!
If you’re more nautical-but-nice than you are Long John Silver, check out the Lighthouse Keepers’ Bootcamp! Gain the vital skills to keep seafarers safe – learn to tie knots, make your own weather vane or send messages using signal flags.
Have fun wherever you go, and do remember to pick up a visitor survey when you’re there – there’s a chance to win £100 of High Street vouchers when you send us feedback.
The Festival of Museums Team