Families enjoy the magic of Museums at Night event in Dorchester

Dorset Echo: MUSEUM FUN: Mark Hindess and Tracy Gardner with Caleb and Reuben enjoying Max Gate MUSEUM FUN: Mark Hindess and Tracy Gardner with Caleb and Reuben enjoying Max Gate

A ‘MAGICAL’ atmosphere enveloped Dorchester as hundreds of families got to grips with history at night.

The popular Museums at Night event, which offers entry to eight venues for a single ticket price has been hailed a success for the fifth year running.

The Dinosaur Museum, The Tutankhamun Exhib-ition, Dorset County Museum, The Teddy Bear Museum, The Keep Military Museum, The Terracotta Warriors Museum, the Roman Town House and Max Gate all took part on Saturday night.

Tim Bat-ty, from the World Heritage Museums and Exhibitions, pictured inset, said: “There always seems to be a special atmosphere at the Museums at Night event; it’s magical.

“This year was no exception; it was great and we had lots of people coming in from quite a wide area, not just Dorchester itself.

“New for this year we had a museums trail and kids had sheets and had to find answers to clues to solve a puzzle.

“Museums at Night has become an established event and we get people calling in March and April each year to see what date it will be.

“Some people like to try and visit all of the attractions in one night, others have a couple on the list that they want to go to.

“A lot of people have got it in their diaries as something they do each year.

“Everyone seems to really enjoy Museums at Night.

“Museums are special but when they are open at night they seem extra special.”

The event is also popular with the town’s businesses, many of which stay open late or adjust their opening hours in order to cater to the crowds.

John Fiori, of the Horse with the Red Umbrella said: “It was a beautiful evening.

“It’s a very good event for Dorchester; I think the more events like that, which bring people and families into the town, the better.

“And it highlights Dorchester as well – people come from all over the place.

“The town is looking great at the moment with all the flags that have been put up. Dorchester is beginning to bloom.”

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