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Paisley Museum becomes the ‘Museum of Light’ to celebrate Museums at Night 2014 

For the third year running, Paisley Museum and Coats Observatory will be taking part in the annual after-hours celebration of Museums at Night on Saturday 17 May. For one night only, Paisley Museum will be transformed into the ‘Museum of Light’ with various light-themed activities for all the family. Join in the celebrations and be taken on an illuminating journey from Earth to the Stars! 

The fun begins at 7.30pm with various activities and workshops on offer. Test out your creative skills and create your own light photography, or drop into the various science and art workshops on offer throughout the early evening. If you prefer just to soak up the atmosphere, several classic sci-fi films from the 1950s will be screened in the Pillar Gallery. 

From 9.30pm, visitors will be able to access the telescopes at Coats Observatory dome, where they will be given the opportunity to view a rare astronomical event – when Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in the sky simultaneously. 

All activities are free of charge, however the ‘Painting with Light’ sessions are bookable in advance, by calling 0141 618 5087. 

‘Museums at Night’ is an annual after-hours celebration involving hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries and heritage sites. It is coordinated by Culture 24, and takes place over the weekend of Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 May 2014. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator icon=”star”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row img=”21221″ bg_fade=”white_30″ parallax=”horizontal” parallax_bg_width=”110″ parallax_speed=”normal”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Family Activities: 

Painting with Light 
Paisley Museum 
7.30 – 8.15pm and 8.30pm – 9.15pm 
Places limited to 20 per session. Advance booking essential on 0141 618 5087 

Use long exposure to create some inspiring artworks. Join the museum staff as they go through the basics of creating a light photograph and then create your own masterpiece, which can then be printed off and taken home. 

Sci-Fi Films 
Paisley Museum 
7.30pm – 9.30pm 
Stop off in the Pillar Gallery and enjoy a classic film or two from the 1950s, the Golden Era of Science Fiction. 

Arts & Science Activities 
Paisley Museum 
7.30pm – 9.30pm 

Drop in to art, animation and science activities at various spots throughout the museum that all tie in with the theme of ‘light’. 

Evening activity 
Telescope Viewing at Coats Observatory 
(entry after 9.30pm will be via Oakshaw Street West) 
9.30pm – 12 midnight (last admission 11.30pm) 

Experience ‘starlight’ and see Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn all at once via the telescopes housed in the Observatory dome. Please note: If inclement weather prevents telescope use then the event will end at 10pm 

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