Can you smash a cryptic crossword quicker than Alan Turing? Then report to Bletchley Park as a new recruit for codebreaking duty. At this Museums at Night special, you’ll be able to explore the site where male and female WWII codebreakers worked in total secrecy, learning about ciphers and spies in the surrounds of a grand Victorian estate. It’ll mean taking a train ride out of London, but this tour is worth it. Keep your eyes open: the Bletchley grounds are filled with more state secrets than an MI5 briefcase. Find out more here.
All you museum buffs out there, take note. If getting the chance to experience even more culture, talks, exhibitions (and sometimes, just plain random things) during after-hours sounds like an absolute treat, you need to get involved with ‘Museums at Night’.
Here are the most unmissable events from across the capital for you to check out a whole other side to London’s top cultural hubs.
What is Museums at Night?
Part of a UK-wide festival, ‘Museums at Night’ events across London give you a chance to see new and exciting parts of a number of world-class cultural institutions, after dark. Go behind the scenes and see London’s best museums in a very different way with specialist talks, unusual events and one-off exhibitions. This year, you can go on a Tudor treasure hunt, or attend a talk on medicinal plants. Or both.
Sounds good, when is it?
The latest edition, for the autumn season, runs from Thu Oct 25 - Sat Oct 27, while the next spring counterpart takes place from Wed 15 – Sat 18 May 2019.
And where is it being held?
Opening hours are extended in cultural institutions around London, with venues both big and small joining the late night celebrations.
Check out our event highlights below.