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Connect through Culture this Culture Night at the National Museum of Ireland

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Enjoy the National Museum of Ireland afterhours this Culture Night/Oíche Chultúir 2020.

The Museum will be extending its opening hours until 9pm on Friday, 18 September, across four public sites in Dublin and Mayo to celebrate Culture Night/Oíche Chultúir 2020 and this year's theme of 'Connect through Culture'/'Le Chéile Trí Chultúr'.

Alongside this special late opening, there are also a number of online events taking place to celebrate the night.

  • The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology is live streaming a conversation with Matt Seaver, archaeologist and curator of the fascinating new exhibition Glendalough: Power, Prayer and Pilgrimage, from 6.30pm on the night. Find out more

  • Over at the National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, the Education Team will be online for a live session all about extinction from 5.30pm, including a Q&A with Musuem educators. Find out more

  • The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History is premiering its new virtual tour of Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising. This film, featuring Museum curators, educators and guides, provides an engaging, informative and thought-provoking look at this important exhibition, exploring this significant period in our history. This will be available from the Museum's website on Culture Night. Find out more 

As well as this great programme of online events, the National Museum of Ireland is inviting the public to Connect through Culture with a Museum visit up until 9pm on the night.  

See some of Ireland's most iconic treasures at the NMI - Archaeology; discover stunning design and creativity or Ireland's military past at the NMI - Decorative Arts & History; learn all about Irish fauna at the NMI - Natural History; or immerse yourself in rural traditions at the NMI - Country Life.

The health and safety of all Museum staff and visitors is of paramount importance and the NMI will continue to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit through its Covid-19 safey measures and visitor guidelines.

In line with these Covid-19 safey measures, booking is required to visit the NMI - Natural History and NMI - Archaeology and free tickets are available here.

Book tickets for Culture Night at NMI - Natural History and NMI - Archaeology below:

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Culture Night/Oíche Chultúir is an annual, all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts. 

It provides an opportunity for arts and cultural organisations and venues of all shapes and sizes, from independent studios and art-spaces to national cultural institutions, to extend their opening hours and allow increased access for the public, free of charge.

Given the events of recent months, there are some new challenges this year, but Culture Night organisers are working alongside Culture Night stakeholders and local organisers across the island of Ireland to create a memorable night. Many of this year’s events will take place online/digitally, but there are safe offline events programmed too.

Find out what is happening in your locality this Culture Night. The full Culture Night/Oíche Chultúir 2020 programme is now available to view online.

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