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Museums at Night: what's on?

Museums at Night makes you forget usual opening hours, all the action happens late-night in this series of one-off events

If the mention of a trip to the museum makes you think of stuffy exhibitions and school trips, well think again. This year's Spring edition of Museums at Night takes place from May 11-15 2016, with a series of after-hours events at some of the capital's best museums and quirky attractions. Pick some new favourites from the events below and sign up for a seriously special one-off experience. 

Museums at Night events

Museum of the Order of St John

This Clerkenwell museum will host Ye Olde Tavern Quiz in its beautiful historic rooms, some of which actually used to house a pub called Ye Olde Jerusalem Tavern. Tickets are £30 per team of up to six and the event takes place on Thursday May 12 and Friday May 13.

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V&A Museum of Childhood

The charming collection of toys in this Bethnal Green museum gets a whole lot creepier for this Weird Museum at Night event. Seek out the most bizarre bits of puppetry, dolls houses and Victorian toys in the collection on this twilight tour on Thursday May 12. Tickets are £10.

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Bethnal Green

Vestry House Museum

Visit Walthamstow's Vestry House on Thursday May 12 for a Secret Garden Late to welcome spring. There'll be readings from Frances Hodgson Burnett's much-loved novel, seed-planting, music and even a flower-filled garden to relax in. This event is family-friendly and the suggested donation for adults in £2.

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UCL Museums

Explore the Bloomsbury university's collections to gather clues and use your best detective skills for murder-solving at this Friday night Murder Mystery. There are prizes for the best teams (and the best fancy dress) and tickets are free.

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Sir John Soane's Museum


Some of the country's most exciting poets perform new sonnets that were inspired by Shakespeare at this evening event on Sunday May 15, Sonnets After Dark. Tickets are £20 and include a cocktail designed especially for the event by Bompas & Parr.

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The View

Taking place on Thursday May 12, this Epping Forest Sunset Walk is a chance to wander through the woods at twilight with the help of a tour guide. A private opening of The View will be followed by a prosecco toast to William Vincent, a Victorian photographer, ornithologist and magic lanternist. Then you'll set off into the trees for a heritage-inspired walk. Tickets are £15.

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Horniman Museum

Visit this Forest Hill favourite on Thursday May 12 for a Queer Late featuring music, film, spoken word, talks and more. Included in the £5 ticket price are queer tango workshops, movies about love, extravagant performances and an LGBTQ history lesson.

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Forest Hill

Brunel Museum

The Brunel Museum is offering a special edition of its wonderful Midnight Apothecary on Friday May 13 and Saturday May 14, tickets to which include museum entry, an optional tour of the newly refurbished (and completely amazing) Brunel Tunnel and marshmallows to toast on the fire. Watch the sun set with a cocktail in one hand and some street food in the other, then claim a good spot by the fire pit to keep cosy.

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Late-night museum events in London

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Michael B
Michael B

The Supreme Court is charging £ 10 admission for the Museums at Night promotion, but closes at 4.30pm ! Doesn't this contravene the Trade Descriptions Act ?

Liz D
Liz D Staff Writer

Love Museums at Night, such a great event.