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 Wednesday

British Library

  • Free

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.

  1. 96 Euston Rd, NW1 2DB
  2. Open until 8pm
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Camden Arts Centre

  • Free

This north London gallery is in somewhat of a hinterland (it’s nowhere near Camden) but is also well loved for its consistently good galleries, café and bookshop. It's open late weekly on Wednesdays, from 10am-9pm.

  1. 8, Arkwright Rd, NW3 6DG
  2. Open until 9pm
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  1. Grant Museum of Zoology Rockefeller Building, University College London, 21 University St, WC1E 6DE
  2. Wed Jan 28
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Science Museum Lates

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Science Museum Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD
  2. Wed Jan 28 - Wed May 27
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  1. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. Fri Jan 30 - Fri Oct 30
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