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Museums at Night: what's on?

Museums at Night makes you forget usual opening hours in a series of one-off events at London's festival of late-night culture

Royal Observatory at night

If the mention of a trip to the museum makes you think of stuffy exhibitions and school trips, well think again. This year's autumnal edition of 'Museums at Night' takes place from October 27-October 29 2016, with a series of after-hours events at some of the capital's best museums and unusual attractions. Pick some new favourites from the events below and sign up for a seriously special one-off experience. 

What is 'Museums and Night'? 

Part of a UK-wide festival, the London offering of 'Museums at Night' sees doors kept open after-hours of cultural venues across the city. It's a chance to see the treasures inside some of the best museums in a whole new light – in the dark. 

When is 'Museums at Night'?

Luckily for all museum lovers, it happens twice a year: once in May and once in October, with this year's autumn edition running over the Halloween weekend (Thursday October 27 2016 - Saturday October 29 2016). 

Where is 'Museums at Night'?

Opening hours are extended in venues around London, with institutions both big and small joining the late-night celebrations. Check out our highlights below for the best 'Museums at Night' events this October and go get exploring. 

The best Museums at Night events 2016

Druids in the Deadhouse

Bedwyr Williams plays Arch-Druid at an Iron Age-themed party at Somerset House. Tickets include a welcome drink.

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Friday October 28 2016

The Night Museum

The Museum of London comes over all nocturnal with a week of evening events that are a tribute to London's club culture. The special events are all free but you'll need ot reserve a place in advance. Visit The Museum of Lost Sounds (Oct 29), go on guided walks and enjoy readings and performances at The Museum of Dark Places (Nov 2) and explore the chillout room, music hall, speakeasy bar and danclefoor at The Museum of Last Parties (Nov 4).

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Museum of London , Smithfield Saturday October 29 2016 - Friday November 4 2016

The Georgian Gin Palace

Spirited gin favourites Sipsmith will be hosting the gin tastings and the Royal College of Music will provide the soundtrack at these journeys through beautiful Fulham Palace's Georgian history. Take a costumed photo, make your own notebook in the library and pretend you're in a period drama. Booking essential.

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Friday October 28 2016

Hitchcock's Halloween

Spooks of all ages are welcome at this celebration of Walthamstow local and famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. Sip cocktails and cakes from local suppliers as you try to unravela  murder mystery. Fancy dress will probably aid your detective skills.

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Vestry House Museum , Walthamstow Saturday October 29 2016

Shiver M'Timbers

Go below deck at the Old Royal Naval College for a tour of the underground tunnels and dungeons that will be ridden with ghosts and ghouls. The deceased will share stories of their London lives as you explore, and then nerves will be settled with a ghoulish cocktail in the Queen Mary Bar.

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Old Royal Naval College , Greenwich Saturday October 29 2016 - Monday October 31 2016

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

The Order of St John cared for sick pilgrims, defended castles and now provide ambulances. Learn all about them, have a few drinks in the galleries, follow a Holy Grail Trail and visit the Norman Crypt before watching Monty Python's comedy classic in a beautiful and historical setting.

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Museum of the Order of St John , Farringdon Until Saturday October 29 2016

Grant Museum After Hours: Halloween

Set amongst skulls and skeletons, this late night opening is the perfect opportunity to discover the Museum after dark and learn some creepy animal facts along the way. Halloween themed specimen labels will be added to displays and prizes will be awarded to the best dressed guests. Tickets are sold on the door and include a free glass of wine.

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Grant Museum of Zoology , Fitzrovia Saturday October 29 2016

Osterley Park and House

Visit Osterley Park after dark with storyteller Lauren Hall to discover its 400-year-old history (Friday-Saturday, 7pm, £20). Booking advised.

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Keats House

Discover Regency food, ice a cupcake in an 18th-century style, eat a syllabub and listen to poetry at this Keats Museum late (Friday, 7pm). Tickets include fizz; booking advised.

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By: Time Out London Things To Do


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.