If the mention of a trip to the museum makes you think of stuffy exhibitions and school trips, well think again. This year's Museums at Night (taking place Thu May 12–Sat May 14 2016 ), a series of after-hours events at some of the capital's biggest museums and quirky attractions, is offering Londoners some seriously special one-off experiences.
We'll be updating this page with 2016 Museums at Night events as they're announced.
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Museums at Night events: Thursday
The UK Supreme Court gets in on the Museums at Night action with this special late opening featuring live jazz and a glass of wine for every ticket holder. Court Ushers will reveal what goes on behind-the-scenes during a hearing, Former Judicial Assistants will describe their experience of working for a Supreme Court Justice, the Inner Temple's amateur dramatics society will present a contemporary courtroom drama and plenty more. Booking essential.Read more
This exhibit-packed Notting Hill museum will open late for a talk on British politics' collision with advertising. Writer Sam Delaney has had first-hand experience in both politics and advertising and will reveal the stories behind the ad campaigns of the last four British elections. Expect innappropriate influences, unexpected partnerships and plenty of scandal. A cash bar will be serving from 6pm and guests may explore the museum following the talk. Book in advance.Read more
Museums at Night events: Friday
Take a shadowy trip back to Victorian London at this special late opening of Charles Dickens's Bloomsbury townhouse. Enjoy readings from the books which were written in the house as you explore, settle in for one of the classic film screenings or enjoy a drink in the candlelit walled garden. The basement kitchens will host butter churning demonstrations and introductions to Catherine Dickens's recipes.Read more
May's after-hours, adults-only session celebrates the launch of the Prize for Illustration: London Places and Spaces with an indoor mini park, pop-out postcards and glasses of Pimm's. Talks about places and spaces, film screenings, quizzes and music will provide the entertainment.Read more
Museums at Night events: Saturday
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the day 700 small civilian boats sailed from Ramsgate to Dunkirk to rescue thousands of English and French soldiers. At the end of May 60 of those ships will repeat their journey across the channel, and this waterborne reunion will see 20 of them gather in the Royal Docks ahead of the sailing. On Saturday evening (May 16), the 'Silver Queen' will offer 45-minute trips around the docks, and guests will be invited to board some of the other ships in attendance. Tickets for the trips will cost £10 for adults and £5 for children.Read more
As part of the Museums at Night programme, Firepower is hosting a sleepover. Children and their adults will get to take part in a range of activities, such as military drilling, arts and crafts, and re-enactments, before – after a campfire singalong and cup of cocoa – everyone settles down for the night among the museum's big guns and other exhibits.Read more