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Museum lates: late-night museum events in London

Get your culture fix after hours at some of the capital's top museum and attractions


What's not to love about checking out a new exhibition, drink in hand, with music, talks, tours, performances, and one helluva atmosphere? Absolutely nothing, of course. Loads of London's top museums host regular after-hours events and evening tours, as well as general late-night openings throughout the week. Here's our round-up of where to head for your next after-hours culture fix.

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Museum lates in London: what's on?

Late at the Natural History Museum

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 food and drink in the pop-up restaurant.

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Natural History Museum , Brompton Sunday June 18 2017 - Monday November 13 2017

Late Shift at the National Portrait Gallery

Catch a slice of midweek culture at these late night openings. Every Thursday and Friday the gallery stays open until 9pm meaning you can take part in drawing classes, talks and discussions after work. Guests can also enjoy live music, DJs, films, performances and drinks from the Late Shift bar. 

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National Portrait Gallery , Leicester Square Until Friday December 21 2018

Feminism Late

The military ban on women in close combat frontline roles was lifted as recently as 2016. What part did feminism play in the change? The first National Army Museum Lates looks at the evolving experiences of women in the army, and examines how feminist thinking influences their lives. 

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National Army Museum , Chelsea Wednesday June 14 2017

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Top ten museum exhibitions in London

Get ready culture vultures: some of London's best museums are showcasing an abundance of cracking exhibitions on now and throughout the year's events calendar. Whatever the day, week or season, there's always an exciting show to delve into, on subjects as varied as history, fashion, art and the natural world. 

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By: Time Out London Things To Do


Deedee D
Deedee D

Why is only 1 late mentioned?


wo hoo!!!