Festival showcases magic of museums

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Events are to be held in Edinburgh and the Lothians as part of the Festival of Museums.

A mix of cultural activities will include a Suffragette rally, a look at the life of Mary Queen of Scots and a chance to discover the art of harpsichords.

Many of the workshops, concerts and talks during the festival, which runs from May 18-20, are free for visitors to attend.

Joanne Orr, chief executive of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: “The festival’s real victory is the sheer variety of museums taking part – the programme includes many events in the bigger museums as well as communities working together to offer a new experience at their local museum.

“This allows everyone to get involved and makes the weekend the perfect excuse to finally get around to enjoying a museum which you have been intending to visit, or to simply pop into your ‘local’ for a bit of fun and inspiration.”

For full details, visit www.festivalofmuseums.com