South Ayrshire attractions join Scotland's Festival of Museums

 03 May 2016  |  

 Rozelle House is preparing to host its first ever Festival of Museums

Rozelle House is preparing to host its first ever Festival of Museums

Museums and galleries across Ayrshire are getting ready to open their doors, vaults and imaginations this spring for the annual Festival of Museums, a weekend long celebration of Scotland's culture, taking place from 13 – 15 May.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Festival of Museums, which started life as Show Scotland in 2006. Ten years on, the programme features over 100 day and night events creatively curated to help visitors engage with museums in unique and hands on ways, while spotlighting the wealth of culture in Scotland's museums and galleries. The programme caters to all ages and interests and includes everything from art exhibitions and night time ceilidhs to children's fancy dress parties and historical re-enactments.

Local events include:

  • 'The Animals All Around Us: Inside and Out at Rozelle Park'. Visit Rozelle, and take part in a whole weekend of activities for all ages, inside and outdoors. Find the animals that live in beautiful Rozelle Park, and visit the Museum & Galleries to see the museum collection of natural specimens and taxidermy.
  • 'Memories, Machines and Music' A unique vintage event at the Scottish Maritime Museum, featuring performances by the Clydeside Singers and musician Fiona Anderson, as well as a historical dramatisation of a 1920s home created by Break A Leg Drama.
  • 'The Burns Heid Inn'. After a fantastic evening last year, the team at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum will once again be turning back the clock to the often forgotten period when the cottage was a pub. Local beers, entertainment and a pub quiz will all be on offer as part of the authentic transformation.

Joanne Orr, chief executive of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: "We are thrilled to be celebrating the tenth anniversary of Festival of Museums. When the festival was founded, as Show Scotland in 2006, our goal was to ignite imaginations by showcasing Scotland's incredible range of museums and galleries. Over the past decade, we have been able to fund and support museums across Ayrshire to take part and help to increase visitor numbers and sector expertise across the board. We're delighted to return for our 10th year and are looking forward to the best festival yet."

Jill Cronin, South Ayrshire Council's Head of Enterprise, Development and Leisure, said, "It's fantastic that Rozelle is taking part in this prestigious national event which will help to spread the word about the great attractions South Ayrshire has to offer. Our dedicated team has pulled out all the stops to create a memorable festival programme which I'm sure to be a big hit with families. With events on in the house itself and across the wider estate, the weekend will have something for everyone, regardless of the weather – something that will be great news for visitors."

Events taking place in Ayrshire include:

  • Rozelle House Museums and Galleries The Animals All Around Us: Inside and Out at Rozelle Park Saturday 14th May, 10am-5pm, Sunday 15th May, 12pm-5pm
  • Burns Cottage, The Burns Heid Inn, Friday 13th May, 7pm-10.30pm
  • Culzean Castle and Country Park, Takeover Day, Friday 13th May, 10.30am-2.30pm
  • Culzean Castle and Country Park, Culzean at Night, Saturday 14th May, 5.45pm-11pm
  • Scottish Maritime Museum Memories, Machines and Music, Saturday 14th May, 11am-4pm
  • Scouter Johnnie's Gallery, Gala Opening Day, Saturday 14th May, 11am-4pm

This is just a taste of what's going on over the weekend. To see the full festival programme visit the website.