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Creatures of the Night

Friday 17th May 2013, 6-11pm

One of the creatures haunting this late-night event

One of the ‘creatures’ haunting this late-night event

We join Museums across the country to celebrate Museums at Night in this special late-night opening. Discover creatures of the night, from fluorescent scorpions and wise owls to animals in the stars and scary vampires! Take a tour of the new exhibition ‘Natural Histories’, meet nocturnal animals, make a star-dial and spook yourself with 1922 silent horror classic Nosferatu with live piano accompaniment…

In collaboration with the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Pitt Rivers Museum and the Ashmolean will also be open late. More details of their events…



Live Nocturnal Creatures in the Top Gallery
Meet emperor scorpions, owls, hissing cockroaches, millipedes, and hatching silk moth pupae. Throughout the evening.

Discover British nocturnal life in the Entrance Gallery
Andre Ashington (OUMNH) gives a guide to British nocturnal life – fact and folklore. Throughout the evening.

Brilliant Bats
Seminar Room, 7pm & 8.15pm
David Endacott from Oxfordshire Bat Group talks about these exceptional creatures, and shows off some of his bats.

Family Friendly activities for all ages
Basement Gallery, 6-8.30pm
Make an amazing moth mask or bat hat, and discover animals in the stars to make a celestial planisphere and shadow puppets.

Swooning over Cinematic Vampires: From Weimar Germany to Twilight.
Basement Gallery, 9pm
Talk by Lindsay Steenberg (Oxford Brookes University film unit)

Dr. Lindsay Steenberg is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University.  Her research focuses on violence and gender in postmodern and postfeminist media culture.  She has published on the subject of the crime genre, reality television and is the author of Forensic Science in Contemporary American Popular Culture: Gender, Crime, and Science.

FILM: ‘Nosferatu’ with live piano accompaniment
Basement Gallery, 9.30pm
Oxford musician Peter McMullin dreams up a live piano score to enhance this 1922 German horror classic.

Gallery Tours:
Natural Histories
6.30 / 8.30 / 9.30 – Monica Price, Scott Billings
Astronomers at Night
6.15 / 7.30 – Dr Stephen Johnston