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'Museums at Night' at the National Gallery

Issued: May 2010

Museums at Night
Friday 14 May, 6–9pm

An evening of special events will take place at the National Gallery on Friday 14 May as part of Museums at Night celebrations.

The Gallery will be open until 9pm, including current exhibitions Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey and Christen Købke: Danish Master of Light. There will be live music, special talks and guided tours programmed exclusively for the evening.

The Danish writer Carsten Jensen will be discussing Christen Købke’s paintings. After his talk the author will be signing copies of his latest book, We, the Drowned (6pm, Sunley Room, free).

A Wine, Nibbles and Talk event examines the Antwerp speciality of making paintings of private art collections (6.15pm, £18/£15 concessions, booking essential).

Curator Anne Robbins will be giving two half-hour guided tours of the National Gallery’s current major exhibition Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey (booking essential; book an exhibition ticket for entrance at 6.30pm or 7.30pm to join the tours, £8).

Sound recordist Chris Watson will discuss and play his sound composition to complement Constable’s Cornfield (7pm, Room 34, free).

Opera singers from the Salzburg Festival will be performing in the Gallery (7.45pm, Room 9, free).

There will be a 60-minute guided tour of the Gallery’s collection (7pm, meet at the Sainsbury Wing Information Desk, free), and visitors can enjoy live music and a bar in the Sainsbury Wing Foyer.

The award-winning National Dining Rooms and the National Café are also celebrating Friday Late Museums at Night by offering Gallery visitors a complimentary bottle of wine when two dine.

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Notes for editors

Museums at Night 2010
The annual ‘Museums at Night’ takes place during the third weekend in May (14–16 May in 2010). A national campaign for late night opening across the UK, it seeks to attract people into museums who don’t usually visit, simply by staying open late or by creating special events. It will link up with the Europe-wide campaign of the same name (La Nuit des Musées), which takes place on Saturday 15 May 2010.

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National Café and National Dining Rooms offer
Every Friday evening from 14 May until 25 June, diners can indulge in two courses from either restaurant's à la carte menu and receive a complimentary bottle of house wine.

The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN