Late-night opening hours at London museums and galleries

Forget an evening in front of the television, visit one of the capital's top museums for a more cultural evening

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Too busy to visit museums at the weekend? As most of the capital's museums have late-night opening hours at least once a week, swot up on culture after work instead. Here's our guide to museums in London that stay open late, and on what day.

Museums and galleries open late on Tuesday

British Library

  • Free

The British Library's exhibition spaces are open late weekly on Tuesdays, from 9.30am-8pm. On show are temporary displays as well as permanent exhibits in the John Ritblat Gallery, which houses some of the most famous written and printed items in the world: the Lindisfarne Gospels, Shakespeare's first Folio, Handel's Messiah, the Gutenberg Bible, drafts of the Magna Carta and The Beatles' lyrics.

  1. 96 Euston Rd, NW1 2DB
  2. Open until 8pm
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Sir John Soane's Museum

  • Free

Designed by architect Sir John Soane to house his own collection of paintings and architectural salvage, the museum is a tranquil place full of unexpected treasures. On the first Tuesday of each month, the museum stays opens late (6-9pm, last entry 8pm), and the atmospheric rooms are lit by candles. Visitor numbers are generally high on these evenings and there is frequently a queue, so early arrival is advised.

  1. 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP
  2. Candlelit tours take place first Tue of each month, 6-9pm
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