Full steam ahead at museum

Visitors to a Night at Your Museum can take a tour of the town centre aboard a land train
Visitors to a Night at Your Museum can take a tour of the town centre aboard a land train

It’s full steam ahead at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum next month when Night at Your Museum celebrates the town’s railway heritage.

The Rugby Express rolls into the Art Gallery and Museum on Friday May 13, taking visitors on a fun-filled journey packed with railway-inspired entertainment and activities.

Stops include Fantasy World, with face-painting, messy play and stories from the Dragon Whisperer, and Old World, where visitors can explore a Victorian station platform.

A range of railway-themed arts activities take place in Mini World while visitors who stop off at the Engineering Workshop can discover how trains work in the company of Mad Science and create cog crafts.

The Art Stop hosts a range of train-inspired craft activities while the Trash Drummers provide musical entertainment at Grand Central Station.

And passengers in need of refreshment can visit the Rehydration Station where the Art Gallery and Museum’s Rocco’s Love Coffee shop serves a range of drinks and snacks.

Visitors can also climb aboard a land train which departs from the Art Gallery and Museum and takes passengers on a short tour of the town centre.

Night at Your Museum starts at 5.30pm and runs until 9.30pm.

Jessica Hartshorn, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum’s learning and outreach officer, said: “Rugby’s rich railway heritage provides the perfect inspiration for this year’s Night at Your Museum celebration.

“We have a host of fun activities on offer and it’s always one of Rugby Art Gallery and Museum’s most popular events, so book tickets early to avoid missing out.”

Tickets cost £1 for two hours in the Art Gallery and Museum, with admission times at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets can be booked online at www.eventbrite.co.uk (search Night at Your Museum - All Aboard) or by calling (01788) 533217.