Sci-fi comes to the Science Museum for August Lates with MasterCard


Aliens, super heroes and creatures from outer space are the inspiration for this month’s Lates with MasterCard – which looks at the incredible world of science fiction. Come to the Science Museum on Wednesday 29 August, 6.45-10.00pm for an evening of mid-week entertainment, live music and fun activities in the museum after hours.

We Have Met the Future and it is Us, Lecture Theatre Talks, Ground Floor,  7.10-7.30pm, 8.30-9.00pm
Ever since the Frankenstein Monster disappeared over the curve of the planet, science fiction has taken the world as its stage. In the end, what Science Fiction talks about is the fate of the world. It might have been an American geek project once upon a time, but now everyone seems to write it. Because Science Fiction is about how everyone lives today.

The (alternative) history of SteamPunk, Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor
Talks: 7.45-8.15pm, 9.15-9.45pm
Alex Fitch explores the continuing fascination with Science Fiction set in the Victorian era, but still being written today, and how it has influenced literature, film and fashion, with links to the 19th Century technology on display in the Science Museum.

Alter Ego, First Floor opposite Agriculture gallery -  all evening
Have you forgotten your sci-fi costume at home and are feeling a bit left out? Fear not! Pick up a pair of our special pants to decorate and showcase your sci-fi skills. Finish the look off by painting your face to complete your avatar.
Event costs £1.00 to take part.

Photo Me Retro, Second Floor next to Oramics exhibition – all evening
Visit Fishee Design’s retro photo booth and have your photo taken with a range of superhero-inspired props and masks to complement your fancy-dress finery. All the photos are edited in a comic book style and will be shared via the Facebook page the following day.

Total Redraw, Watt’s Workshop, Ground Floor - all evening 
The films ‘Total Recall’ and ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ implant and erase memories. If you had the chance to save one of your memories, what would it be? Come and draw your favourite memory with artist Kimbo Silver.

The Quantum Workshop, Launchpad Briefing Room, Third Floor, all evening
Quantum physics talks about being in 'two places at once' and teleportation. What a strange theory, crazy physicists! University College London are bringing you a real experiment that will probe Nature’s guilty little secret, to convince you that this is science fact, not science fiction.

Other activities being held on the evening include:

Talkaoke, all night, First Floor
Talkaoke is a mobile talk show where the conversation can go anywhere! But it all starts with scientists from King’s College London talking about their research into athletic drug testing. Discuss controversial issues, what’s legal, what’s illegal, and how can they be sure?

Speed Dating, Launchpad City, Third Floor - 8.15-9.30pm
This could be your chance to meet the person of your dreams... or possibly nightmares. There’s also a free drink thrown in for all daters.
Limited numbers, buy tickets early to avoid disappointment. Charge £10, free to members. Tickets can be purchased from the main ticket desk on the ground floor.

Silent Disco, Exploring Space, Ground Floor, 7.30-9.40pm
Whether you’re practising your moves or just in the mood to slam dunk the funk, grab a headset, select your tunes and dance until you drop. The Science Museum does not accept responsibility for the quality of some of the moves you will see this evening.

Punk Science, IMAX Theatre, 8.30-9.15pm
Punk Science: episode IV "A New Hope and Milton"
A long time ago in a museum far, far away... Two talentless losers created a show about science fiction, so set your faces to stunned and prepare for the usual mix of shocking demonstrations, music and comedy. Remember, there is only one chance to see them this month.    
Places limited to 400 visitors per session.

The Pub Quiz, upper level Energy café, Ground Floor Mezzanine, Ground Floor, 8.00-9.00pm
Come to our Pub Quiz. It’s now an institution, with fantastic treats for the winners. Losers get directions to a library for extra swotting.
Places limited to 70 visitors. Charge £2, free to members.

Launchpad, Third Floor – including science shows - 7.30, 8.00, 8.30, 9.00pm
You remember it well from when you were nine... and if you don’t, now’s your chance to realise what you missed. Exercise your mental muscle through interactive science fun with no kids between you and the big red buttons to press.

Cockroach Tours, meet at the front of Making the Modern World gallery, Ground Floor. Times: 7.30-8.00pm, 8.45-9.15pm.
Put yourself in their shells. Take a Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum and get a quirky and inquisitive take on the human race.

Who Am I? Gallery Tour, First Floor, 8.15-8.45pm
Do our genes define who we are or does nurture still have an important effect? Join us on this tour to see how genes impact on our whole lives and beyond!
Suitable for deaf and hearing visitors

Challenge of Materials Gallery Tour, Challenge of Materials, First Floor, 7.15-7.45pm
From a bridge made of glass to rubber that mimics plants, explore the materials that surround us on this tour of the Challenge of Materials gallery.
Suitable for deaf and hearing visitors

Fly with the Red Arrows in Fly Zone, all night, charges apply
Discover the thrill of flying in the cockpit of a Red Arrows jet in our breathtaking Red Arrows 3D flight simulation theatre.
Half-price Lates special offer – £3 per ride. £5 combination tickets available for Red Arrows 3D and Legend of Apollo 4D. Members go free.

The Lates VIP area, Cosmos and Culture, First Floor, all evening - all night
Calling all Science Museum members and Corporate members. Visit our VIP members’ area, where you can pick up your free drink and sugary treats, and enjoy our giant games.
For priority member queues you must arrive at least 10 minutes before the event starts (limited allocation). Please note we are currently not accepting new members

MasterCard Bar, Flight Gallery - 6.45-9.30pm
MasterCard, partner of the Science Museum Lates, will be hosting their MasterCard Bar offering complimentary drinks, canapés, a specialist talk as well as a themed workshop for cardholders who have registered in advance at

Coming soon…

September Lates, 26 September – Explore the science of Climate Change…


For further information please contact Laura Singleton in the Science Museum Press Office. Tel: 0207 942 4364 or e-mail:

Entry to Lates is FREE, no booking necessary
Lates opening: Wednesday 29 August, doors open 6.45 – 10pm.
For further information visit or call 0870 870 4868.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD
Open daily 10.00 to 18.00, except 24-26 December / 0870 870 4868

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