Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 11:40

The Eden Project will be inviting visitors to experience the true nature of the Mediterranean and the Rainforest after dark on Saturday May 15.


In a one-off event and for the first time ever, the Biomes will be open until 11.30pm for people to explore in darkness, as part of the Museums at Night campaign.


Visitors will become part of a tribal expedition and be led on a journey down through the site. Authentic rainforest sounds and evocative tales will prepare people for the evening to come.


They can have a sneak preview of the new exhibition Eden at Night by photographer, Linda Rutenberg, which will not be open to the public until May 17. The exhibition contains photographs taken at night, showing the secret life of plants and will be shown on plasma screens in the Mediterranean Biome. Visitors will also be able to sample food from the newly refurbished Med Kitchen.

Inside the Rainforest Biome, visitors will be greeted with animal and bird calls of the real Brazilian jungle. Along the way, story telling and encounters with explorers will bring the rainforest to life and teach people about the challenges of survival today.


Martin Williams, Eden’s Sales and Marketing Director, said: “Eden at night is a thrilling place and we want our visitors to experience this too. Eleven million people have visited Eden since we opened but none of them will have seen it quite like this.”

The Biomes will be in darkness, so visitors are asked to bring a torch and wear lots of layers to go from a cool Cornish night to the tropical rainforest. Eden will open at 7:30pm, ready for the event to start at 8pm.The Rainforest Biome will open at 9:30pm.

Tickets cost £10 for adults, £7 for seniors, £4 for students. Children under 18 and in full time education get in free. Visitors can Gift Aid their fee for annual entry to Eden.


Museums at Night, led byCulture24, and funded by Museums, Libraries and Archives and the National Museum Directors' Conference, will run from Friday 14 May to Sunday 16 May. Museums, archives, galleries and heritage sites across the country will be welcoming people in after dark for a variety of activities


Other events include surgery at the Old Operating Theatre at St Thomas Church in London, silent discos at the Tate Liverpool and night shifts at Geevor Tin Mine in Cornwall.