MORE than 1,400 events will be on offer in the middle of May when museums across France open their doors for the Nuit des Musées.
Public buildings, museums and other institutions will be open to the public free of charge from sunset until one in the morning, on Saturday, May 19.
This is the third year that the festival has taken place and it has gained a presence in many other European cities, but France will host the largest number of events and welcome more people through its museum doors than any other country.
The Nuit des Musées website allows you to search what's on by theme or by location, with all the regions offering something for interested visitors.
For example, there will be theatre at the Musées des Beaux Arts in Orléans, the grounds of Château de Bonaguil near Fumel will be lit by a thousand candles and Bayonne will play host to a night of Basque music.
It is well worth tracking down an event local to you as organisers go to great lengths to light and display their collections in imaginative ways as the night brings a new dimension to their setting.