Museums open at night

The Historic Dockyard is getting onboard with Museums at Night.

The Historic Dockyard is getting onboard with Museums at Night.

Local government secretary Sajid David on his visit to Portsmouth last week 
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Thursday to Saturday next week sees the return of Museums At Night, a national initiative celebrating cultural venues with after hours events. Here are two attractions in our area that are getting involved.

Historic Dockyard: Action Stations and the National Museum of the Royal Navy are offering visitors the chance to take part in activities and sleepover in the historic buildings. Aimed at young night owls aged five to 12, the dockyard event begins at 6.30pm on Friday and runs through to Saturday morning with activities including Nelson’s hat making, edible medals decorating, big games playing, rocket air cannon making and firing, climbing walls, and a GPS treasure hunt. There will be snacks and refreshments and a sleepover in the historic Action Stations buildings. Tickets: £15 per child, accompanying adults free. Book by Tuesday.

Fort Nelson: The Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson will ring to the sound of its big guns on Friday. From 6pm, the event will showcase guns from the Armouries’ national collection of artillery. A highlight will be special firings of the 32-pounder Victorian gun and the Second World War Sexton field gun, which will roar around the Fort’s Parade Ground. There will be presentations in the galleries, and the chance to explore the re-created hospital, barrack room and tunnels. Admission: £3.50 adults, £2.50 senior citizens and children aged five to 15, £11 families.

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