Make your own rat-shaped shadow puppet then use it to try some shadow experiments.

Download activity here.

This image from a medieval illuminated manuscript shows the sun and moon arguing over whose light is the best. Colour in this detailed picture and then decide who is the winner...

Download the activity here.

Make a wonderful water lily that opens in water. 

This type of tropical flower is pollinated by beetles. In the daytime these stay hidden inside the closed flower. If you want, cut out the beetle and hide it inside your flower before placing it on water!

Join us for a family friendly exploration of the museum. See the galleries in a different light with creative workshops, storytelling and self-led guides.

A link to book activities and storytelling will be emailed to you once you have booked a Twilight general visit ticket.

Join us for a Twilight celebration event at Kettle's Yard. Interact with a new artwork exploring light and shadow created by artist Georgia Akbar and students from Castle School in our Clore Learning Studio.

Enjoy carnival-inspired story-telling in the galleries amongst the current exhibition 'Paint like the Swallow Sings Calypso'. PLUS make your own carnival head-dress at the pop-up Art Cart!

Explore the Museum after hours!

Watch the collection come alive under moonlight and discover the secrets of a 300-year old inn.

Booking advised but walk-ins welcome on the evening.


This is your chance to visit the Museum and explore by torchlight - see the museum as you've never seen it before and have a go at shadow drawing.

Bring your own torch or head lamp.

FREE event but places are limited so booking is essential.

Are you brave enough to descend into Hades, the Underworld of ancient Greece? It is easy enough to enter, but very few manage to leave... Fortunately for you, the Queen of the Underworld Persephone has offered you the chance to escape if you can gather her six golden pomegranate seeds.

What do you think the first space toys might have looked like? What would you do if you were a space commander? Explore space-related toys in the Whipple Museum's collection. Our video tour includes information about some of our objects and questions to discuss with your family or just think about on your own.

What do you think the first space toys might have looked like? What would you do if you were a space commander? Discover some of the space-related toys in the Whipple Museum's collection and explore the museum in the dark. Please note that because of the small size of the museum this is a ticketed event - book your free tickets using the link on this page. Depending on numbers we may be able to accept walk in visits on the night, but we can't guarantee entry to anyone who doesn't have a ticket. 

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