Twilight with the Museums: Digital Sleepover

We've put together a whole range of activities which has everything you need to create your own museum sleepover - at home. 

Enjoy a special tale from renowned storyteller Wendy Shearer, explore the night sky with the Whipple Museum, join-in with some climate change karaoke from the Polar Museum, experience some 'spooky' encounters at the Sedgwick Museum, build your own den and more. 

In addition to a massive choice of pre-recorded and downloadable events and activities, you can also catch-up with TV presenters and YouTubers Maddie Moate & Greg Foot as they embarked on an interactive, twilight adventure to find the secrets of the mysterious Moonflower.

Find all the activities here

With so many activities to choose from, it's difficult to know where to start. Here's a selection you might want to try, and download our Guide to your Digital Sleepover for further inspiration.

Twilight Half-term

Monday 14  - Sunday 20 February 

You will find plenty of drop-in and bookable family events happening across the museums throughout half-term. Just visit our What's On page and search for Twilight Half-term. Please note that these activities will be added to in the lead-up to half-term. 

More information on opening times and visiting the University of Cambridge Museums safely can be found on our Visiting page.

Young girl in red jumper and adult woman in blue top and glasses sitting at table doing a craft activity with coloured straws

This year's artwork has been created in partnership with the Children and Young People's Participation Service.
Thank you to Samarth aged 6, Lydia aged 9, Freya aged 7, Joshua aged 5, and Renata aged 9.
Twilight with the Museums is delivered by the University of Cambridge Museums with funding from Arts Council England and Cambridge City Council. Events are delivered by the following University and independent museums:

The Centre for Computing History

Cambridge Museum of Technology

Cambridge Science Centre

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Churches Conservation Trust

Cromwell Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Kettle's Yard

Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology

Museum of Cambridge

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Museum of Zoology

National Horseracing Museum

Norris Museum

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

The Polar Museum

University of Cambridge Library

Whipple Museum of the History of Science

What's On

Museum of Zoology

Enjoy boundary pushing jazz in the atmospheric Whale Café. 

The Polar Museum
03 Nov 2019

A different Polar story each session with renowned storyteller Marion Leeper.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Do you want to learn how to draw dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals?

Museum of Zoology

A zoology discovery course designed especially for individuals living at home with a dementia diagnosis and their care partners.

Museum of Zoology
02 Jan 2019

From squirrels scuttling through the trees to worms wriggling through the soil, discover woodland animals with stories and play at Animal Tails storytime for early years.

Museum of Zoology
02 Jan 2019

Take a tour around the Museum of Zoology and see specimen collected by Charles Darwin.

Museum of Zoology
01 Aug 2019

Join Curator of Malacology Dr Richard Preece as he describes the Sir Peter Scott Commemorative Expedition to the Pitcairn Islands in 1991-2.

Museum of Zoology

Practice capturing the wonderful detail and atmosphere of skeletal photography with professional photographer Susan Elaine Jones.

Museum of Zoology

Make like a swallow and escape the UK winter cold at the Museum of Zoology. Hear about the science of animal migrations, and explore warmer climes with arts and trails for grown ups.

The Fitzwilliam Museum
01 Mar 2019

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of 'start with art'.

The Fitzwilliam Museum
02 Feb 2019

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of 'Chinese New Year'.

The Fitzwilliam Museum
03 Feb 2019

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of 'spring fling'.

The Fitzwilliam Museum
03 Jun 2019

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of 'coin it'.

Kettle's Yard
30 Apr 2019

Join us for the last weekend of 'Richard Pousette-Dart: Beginnings, A Young Abstract Expressionist in New York'.

Kettle's Yard

British pianist Ivana Gavrić performs at Kettle's Yard.

Kettle's Yard
01 Jul 2019

A concert with artists in residence Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective. Tom Poster (piano) will be playing with Karim Sulayman (tenor), Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn) and Mathilde Milwidsky (violin).

Kettle's Yard

One of Britain’s finest string quartets, with a commitment to bringing together wide-ranging projects and programmes to expand the string quartet repertoire.

Kettle's Yard

Violist and director Jennifer Stumm is recognized as one of the world’s dynamic and creative leaders for her instrument, known both for her distinctive sound and unbridled enthusiasm for music.

The Fitzwilliam Museum
10 Feb 2018

The Holy City of Jerusalem is central to the three Abrahamic traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Control of the city has been contested by the great empires of the region and has changed hands many times.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

The story of the 1920s told through coins, medals and banknotes.

The Fitzwilliam Museum
11 Apr 2018

In 2015, the Museum received an exceptional collection of drawings, ceramics, glass and bronzes from Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, through the Art Fund.

The Fitzwilliam Museum
31 Jul 2019

Whistler & Nature casts a new light on the work of the great late-Victorian master, James McNeill Whistler.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

To complement the major show on James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), the Print Room is holding an exhibition of the artist’s etchings, drypoints and lithographs focussing on people.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

This exhibition is the first of two successive selections of works on paper to celebrate the outstanding generosity of benefactors and donors who have helped to enrich the collections.

Kettle's Yard

The selection of work at Kettle’s Yard includes sculptures, prints and drawings, reflecting different periods in Bourgeois’ life, and is drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection.

Kettle's Yard

Mehretu's new installation of richly layered drawings and monotypes, extending her dynamic exploration of the potential of drawing and mark making which are fundamental to her art.

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

This exhibition which focusses on the remarkable discoveries made at Star Carr.

Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

This new exhibition in the small but perfectly-formed Spotlight Gallery is a collaboration with the Cambridge Rivers Project to celebrate the launch of the Digital Museum of Kun Opera.

Museum of Zoology

A temporary display at the University Museum of Zoology highlights historical depictions of both exotic and more familiar animals.

Museum of Classical Archaeology

This exhibition looks at the changing face of travel, production and population in the Milesian landscape (around the ancient city of Miletos, today in modern Turkey) through photographs.

Kettle's Yard

Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances.

Kettle's Yard

The Piatti Quartet are one of the most distinguished quartets of their generation.

Kettle's Yard

An evening with Savitri Grier and Richard Uttley

The Polar Museum

Polar Encounters features 200 years of Arctic art by Inuit artists and European travellers to the far north, showing different interpretations of life at home, at camp and at sea.

Kettle's Yard
04 Sep 2019

Our artists in residence, Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective return to Kettle’s Yard in the first concert of our summer term.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
02 Jan 2018

"We need more teeth" celebrates a recent donation of theropod dinosaur casts from Dr Andrew Hempel and that most famous of dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex.

Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
02 Jan 2018

How can we understand the history of the Earth's oceans by studying microfossils in columns of mud from the bottom of the sea?

Kettle's Yard
31 Mar 2018

Join us for an in depth experience with one of our knowledgeable Visitor Assistants.

Kettle's Yard
02 Mar 2019

Artist led workshops for families of all ages.

Kettle's Yard

Artist led workshops for families of all ages.