One Last Dance by Laurence Winram Photography
One Last Dance at the Excelsior Ballroom by Laurence Winram Photography courtesy of University of Edinburgh

The Festival of Museums is a three day event from 16 – 18 May where museums all over Scotland throw open their doors to over 90 events, workshops, exhibitions and live performances. Targeting every age range and interest, the festival has something for everyone.

In Glasgow, explore the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons after hours, bring a sketchpad and draw and hear artist Hugh Buchanan speak about some of the ways museums, archives and libraries influence his practice (16 May). The next day, hop on the GoMA Big Bus Tour to learn about architecture, illustration and/or creative art around Glasgow. Make artwork throughout the tour and see it displayed in the GoMA afterwards (17 May). Later that day, relax in Kelvingrove Museum with a Mackintosh inspired tea party and enjoy music from the Royal Conservatoire before hearing the results of the Great Glasgow-Style Bake Off.

In Edinburgh, start the weekend with Retro-future and BBC Radio 1 host, Vic Galloway in the Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland. Suit up in the vintage/futuristic dress code, hear music from the 20s, 30s and 40s and have a wander through the galleries. The following morning, take a life drawing class in the Scottish National Gallery (17 May) before heading out for an evening of 1940s inspired swing at the Excelsior Ballroom.

The Festival of Museums runs from 16 – 18 May all over Scotland. For the full programme of events see the Festival website.

More: Website | Twitter | Facebook