Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Alyth Museum and The Fergusson Gallery will all be playing their part in mid-May 2014 to celebrate the national Festival of Museums initiative with a series of free activities and events for all ages.
Festival of Museums is a Museums Galleries Scotland initiative held over the weekend of 16th to 18th May, and all museums, galleries and heritage sites across the country are encouraged to participate and put on diverse events. Fun and enjoyment is the name of the game for the events in Perth and Kinross which come under the theme of ‘Music, Making & More’.
The weekend will kick off with a launch event at Perth Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 16th May at 4pm. Inspired by the exhibition Secret Egypt: Unravelling Truth from Myth which runs until 25th May, the launch will begin with a ‘Magic of the Mummy – Tales of Ancient Egypt’ puppet show, followed by a puppet making workshop which is open to children (a free entry ticket is required).
Visitors will also be able to try their hand at a wrap your teddy/wrap your mummy drop in workshop, hear live music inspired by Egypt, and enjoy face-painting, film screenings and fancy dress. All of the Museum and Art Gallery’s exhibitions will be open later than normal on the Friday evening, until 9.30pm.
During Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th May there will be workshops for both children and adults on offer at Perth Museum and Art Gallery and The Fergusson Gallery, again inspired by the Secret Egypt exhibition – amulet and jewellery making for children and bookbinding for adults.
Perth Museum and Art Gallery and The Fergusson Gallery will be open as normal over the weekend: from 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday at the Museum and Art Gallery, and Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12noon-4.30pm at The Fergusson Gallery.
Also taking place on the Saturday and Sunday are two special workshops run by the Scottish Woodlands Skills Centre, at the Ogilvie Halls in Alyth. These workshops will will look at traditional production techniques using natural material inspired by our social history collections and the rural landscape of Alyth.
All the events during ‘Music, Making & More’ are free to attend, with some ticketed. For more information, please contact Perth Museum and Art Gallery on 01738 632488 or visit the Festival of Museums website at http://festivalofmuseums.com Further details of the events and how to book your place will be announced soon.