Museums at Night: what’s on?

Say no to the usual closing hours and stay out after dark at Museums at Night’s festival of late-night culture in London
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By Time Out London Things To Do |

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’.

The latest offering takes place across the UK from Thu 25 -Sat 27 Oct 2018, with a series of seriously special events at some of London’s best galleriesmuseums and attractions.

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. 

Museums at Night autumn edition highlights

Things to do, Exhibitions

Friday Late: Power, play and politics

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London Transport Museum have got all the nostalgia vibes going on with a celebration of 80s women and the things they achieved, in a delightful 80s retrospective. Get yourself a tarot reading, while immersing yourself in a photographic archive of rave culture and activism.


Things to do, Late openings

Choco-Tale: An Evening of Chocolate Games

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The Chocolate Museum is opening its doors until late for a game night which is sure to be sweet like.. well you know the rest. Play options most notably (and hilariously) include chocolate board games and an augmented reality game of a chocolate trail. 

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Things to do, Late openings

Tudor Treasure Hunt

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Hit up Fulham Palace (which was originally a Tudor Manor House) and embark on a riddle-filled night of adventure. Once you’ve solved all the puzzles, take all the pics at a pop-up costume photo booth and enjoy live music in the Tudor Great Hall. 

Things to do, Late openings

Brilliant Botany - Medicinal plants of South America

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Find out everything you need to know about South American medicinal plants. Yes, we know, this is what you’ve been waiting for. Kew Gardens experts will be running talks on plant mysteries such as cinchona and curare. But, above all, don't miss the masterclass on our favourite medicinal botanical product, gin. Learning has never been more fun or delicious. 



Or explore London during daylight hours

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