Natural History Museum Late

Things to do Natural History Museum , Brompton Until Friday December 30 2016
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A monthly late opening of the museum and temporary exhibitions, with free entry to the Central Hall and Images of Nature gallery, changing discussions on timely themes, open-mic performances by up-and-coming musicians throughout the evening, and British farmers’-market-style food and drink in the pop-up restaurant.

Themes for each monthly discussion change; see the museum website for details of forthcoming discussions, which are bookable in advance.

Venue name: Natural History Museum
Address: Cromwell Road
Opening hours: Daily 10am-5.50pm (last admission 5.30pm)
Transport: Tube: South Kensington
Price: Free

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Vieve W

Call me biased, but since the Natural History Museum is one of my favourite places ever, this has to be one of my favourite events ever, right? Right.

This is the event for you if, you're a fan of museums but can't deal with the huge numbers of school children and tourists.

To walk in after hours and the first thing you see is the huge Stegosaurus fossil skeleton all lit up, is quite frankly breathtaking.

After checking into the cloakroom and grabbing a drink (or two), you have the opportunity to wander around the museum and exhibits at your leisure. My favourites? The mammals, human biology and the Treasure Gallery.

The atmosphere is buzzing and you are free to chat with other like minded individuals whilst you all peruse and enjoy all there is on offer.

If you're really lucky, you may find that the museum is holding a no. of talks on one theme or another. Back in October last year, I attended the Fashion talks; how nature has influenced the fashion world. Very interesting indeed!

Just last week, I attended the special Forensic night 'Crime Scene Live'. One word: AMAZING. we took part on workshops on taking fingerprints, examing evidence (including bloody clothes) and forensic entomology. This was all about using insects to conclude time, date of death. Not one to brag! But all calculations, estimations and microscopy work were correct. Me - 1 Murderer - Nil!

Moral of the story: if you love the NHM or better yet, have never been Lates, then this the event for you.

Race you down there... Ready, steady, go!!!!


As a massive fan of lates at the science museum I was dead excited to see if the Natural History Museum could pull it off just as well. It was amazing to visit the museum and not be overrun by schools or scout groups for once! In fact, I think this may have been the first time I have managed to see most of the exhibition rooms, despite this being at least my tenth visit to the museum. Whilst also able to find space to see the artefacts for one of the first times, I also  Stationed at various intervals were themed bars and street food stalls, whilst various temporary demonstration and exhibition are also on hand for those visitors who want to delve deeper into the monthly theme of the event. 


Was lucky enough to attend the first ever After School Club & Silent Disco at the NHM and I can honestly say, if school had been like that 15 years ago, I’d probably have enjoyed going more!

Such an awesome night, loads of activities (face painting!), games, presentations and access to a few of the permanent displays. The huge pizzas and cheap drinks certainly helped me learn more too.

I’d never been to a Silent Disco before (yes, I know; what the hell?!) but I’m glad that the first one I went to was this as it was excellent! Three DJ’s placed on a high platform, to gaze out and view who was tuning in to their specific channel and able to address them directly – so cool! From the dance floor (around Diplodocus, as you do) you could see the sea of ever-changing colour as people switched until at one point there was a vast majority of blues and everyone singing in unison.

Absolutely class night, would 100% go back again and recommend to others. I hope there are more events like this in different museums, British Museum maybe TimeOut? Think about it!

Ruth J

I recently attended the NHM After-School Club for grown-ups which pretty much incorporates everything that the NHM lates are plus a silent disco after. I have to say it was one of the most enjoyable evenings I have had in a while. What a luxury having the museum all to yourself without bustling crowds of tourists knocking you down. Getting to look at everything at your own pace with  glass of wine in hand was just bliss. There are also several interactive sessions that were very enjoyable and genuinely did make you feel like you were back at school again, surprisingly we particularly enjoyed one on plate tectonics and the science educator herself was a lot of fun.

The silent disco that followed took place in the main hall and the DJs were amazing. I wasn't sure how much fun a silent disco would be, but once we put those headphones on we couldn't stop dancing. The atmosphere was amazing and was pretty cool every time you had a reality check and actually looked at your surroundings and remembered what an amazing building you were in. 5 star experience.