Scotland's Festival of Museums returns for 2012

Programme ranges from Tosca's classics to Scotland’s local heroes

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Expect the unexpected at the second Festival of Museums

18-20th May sees the return of the Festival of Museums – Scotland’s only country-wide cultural celebration which offers something slightly out of the ordinary for visitors to our museums.

For those who think of museum visits as quiet, sedate and serious, you might like to expand your horizons and pop into the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, where artist’s collective Neu! Reekie! will treat you to a charismatic and controversial night of music, film and poetry which will show you the more ‘avant garde’ side of Scotland’s bard.

If Burns isn’t your bag, treat yourself to a little Tosca in the National Galleries of Scotland (complete with a drink and a bite to eat), dust off your deerstalker and become a sleuth at Mayhem in May at the Bell Pettigrew Museum (Holmes eat your heart out), or spend an evening on the ocean wave (well – the Clyde!) on the Tall Ship at the Riverside imbibing some refreshments and basking in the splendour of the floodlit river views.

Take the weekend to discover what Scotland’s museums really have to offer – day and night – at over 80 events Scotland-wide. To find out what’s going on around the country, visit www.festivalofmuseums.com

A little bit of … Tosca

Puccini’s opera gets a brisk reworking in this 20-minute version performed by a storyteller, singer and two musicians. Part of the Festival of Museums.

Neu! Reekie! Does Burns

In response to the life and work of Robert Burns, the literary museum hosts a fusion of avant-garde spoken word, music, animation and short film by the artists’ collective. Part of the Festival of Museums.

Mayhem in May

Bring your deerstalker and magnifying glass to help solve the strange tale of the precious missing exhibit in this museum mystery. Students and adults only. A version for children and families takes place on Fri 18 May. Part of the Festival of Museums. Booking is essential.

The Tall Ship at Sunset

Discover the ship by night, with the help of floodlit views of the river and a licensed bar. Part of the Festival of Museums.

The Tall Ship Presents … Bespoke Art Gallery

A pop-up art gallery on the River Clyde, with original artwork on display below deck and 20% of profits from the art sales going to charity. Part of the Festival of Museums. Booking is essential.

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