Nights in the Museums

Museums and galleries across Ireland are set to hold special evening and night-time events over the coming months as part of a new government campaign to promote Ireland's culture and heritage to a wider audience.

The “Museums After Hours” campaign was launched by Minister for Culture and Arts Catherine Martin at the Little Museum of Dublin on Stephen's Green. The campaign, which builds on last year's pilot Night-Time Economy Support Scheme, includes almost €1 million in funding which will be made available in grants of up to €10,000.

It is specifically aimed at smaller museums and galleries across Ireland which agree to host at least four evening or night-time events lasting up to 9pm between June and December this year - and will be open to groups which are members of the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland and/or a member of the Irish Museum Association.

Ms Martin said in addition to exhibitions of already in place day-time items, museums and galleries may also host film nights, well-being initiatives, live podcasts and poetry jams.

Irish Museums Association Director Gina O'Kelly said the campaign could potentially rejuvenate the evening and night-time cultural options open to people in Ireland.