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
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 Wednesday
A copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland is sent to The British Library – an institute that has amassed a collection of more than 150 million items and adds some 3 million new items each year. The public can apply for access to the reading rooms, or simply explore the permanent and temporary exhibits in the John Ritblat Gallery. Here, some of the most famous written and printed items in the world are displayed, and you might see the Lindisfarne Gospels, Shakespeare’s first Folio, Handel’s Messiah, the Gutenberg Bible, drafts of the Magna Carta and the Beatles’ manuscripts.
- 96 Euston Rd, NW1 2DB
- Open until 8pm
- Natural History Museum Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
- Fri May 16 - Sun Oct 26
- Critics choice
- Galleries in East London
- Thu May 1 - Thu Aug 7