Night of the Museums on its way

NEXT Saturday sees Great Yarmouth’s sixth annual Night of Museums, with five museums open for free between 5.30 and 10pm.

The Tolhouse, Elizabethan House Museum, Nelson Museum, award-winning Time and Tide Museum and English Heritage’s Row 111 House, will be giving visitors the chance to see what’s new for 2011.

At the Row 111 House people can discover newly found facts about the building and its occupants.

Visitors buying a guidebook will receive a voucher entitling them and a guest to a free visit to the English Heritage properties including the Old Merchant’s House, which will be closed for the evening.

In addition visitors can enjoy tasters of some of the English country wines available from the gift shop and offers on annual membership.

At the Nelson Museum visitors will have the chance to see the new exhibition, Nelson’s Women: Philanderer or Family Man? The exhibition looks at Nelson’s personal life and his relationships with his mother, sisters, grandmother, wife, mistress and illegitimate, but beloved daughter, Horatia.

On display are items never displayed in Norfolk before including Nelson’s baby clothes, his love letters to Lady Hamilton and his daughter’s rocking horse.

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Making it around all five venues in the one evening is a must for those wishing to enter the Night of Museums prize draw. This year visitors can pick up an entry sheet and answer a simple question to be in with a chance of winning some exciting prizes.