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Lost in Thought

Wednesday 27 April

Explore dementia and neuroscience with UCL and Alzheimer's Research UK

Over 18s only

At April's medical-themed Lates we will delve in to dementia and neuroscience with the help of UCL and Alzheimer's Research UK.

Meet scientists from the Brain Bank where they do research on the brain post-mortem, try an arcade-style video game to destroy a culprit protein in  Alzheimer’s and hear about the effects of boxing on the brain. You’ll also get to make your own neuron, test your brain and see real brain cells.

Plus all the regular highlights of live music, the Punk Science comedy show and the best silent disco in town.

Download the map and guide to this month's Lates 

Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the Museum on the last Wednesday of every month. Each entry in this hugely popular ongoing series of events centres on a different theme: from sex to climate change, from Churchill’s wartime scientists to childhood.

See what we have planned for the coming months

Inspiring, enlightening and unbelievably good fun, Lates always draw a crowd, so we strongly suggest you arrive early to ensure the best chance of getting in. Be advised that you may have to queue before a timed event.


Experience 3D virtual reality
New for 2016, URENCO’s VR headsets will give you an insight into the inner workings of a centrifuge (how we enrich uranium to provide nuclear energy). Using 360-degree state-of-the-art technology, the headsets will transport you into a virtual environment. There's a competition and prizes to be won

Hacking Grey Matter
Come and meet the researchers and DIY scientists who are ‘hacking’ our brains in: Back Up Your Memories, Mind Control Robot Wars, Seeing in Sound, EyeWink, Remember Remember, and Talkaoke 

The Science Museum Comedy Club
Punk Science, our resident comedy team, invite you to meet some of their most hilarious and clever friends at their hybrid Comedy Club. They’ve found the funniest and most interesting people to entertain, enthral and educate you. There will be demonstrations of remarkable scientific concepts, intriguing theories and rarely seen fascinating objects from the Science Museum’s collections. Plus top award-winning comedians putting the fun into fundamental physics.
Tickets are limited and cost £9 per person 

Also on this month

Think (Talks and object-handling related events)

  • How Terry Pratchett changed the way we think
  • Level up human
  • Should boxing be banned?
  • Who will get dementia? – BSL interpreted at 19.30
  • Seeing what they see: What if dementia affects your vision

Experience (Active events such as shows and demonstrations)

  • Join Dementia Research – how can you help?
  • Dementia information point
  • Take time to talk: How psychology can help
  • Experience 3D virtual reality – URENCO shows us the way of the future
  • Hidden gems – our curators show you their favourite objects – BSL interpreted between 20.30–21.00
  • Operation Alzheimer's – giant game of Operation
  • Explore the brain – play the game
  • Amyloids: The game
  • Where do I look and why? – tracking eye movements
  • Everyday brain enigmas – what's yours like?
  • Keep up with the Hello Girls: Test your reactions
  • Profiles in paint – how dementia affects perception
  • A window into the brain – MRI scans, can you tell what they are?
  • Can touch this – come and touch our precious objects
  • Take time to talk: An intro into mental health
  • Lost for words – can you talk and read and listen at the same time?
  • It's all in your head – would you donate your brain?
  • How to grow a brain in a dish
  • Forgetting to Fly: Fruit flies in dementia research – how have they helped with their little brains?
  • It takes two to tangle – dementia up close

Create (Hand-on creative workshops)

  • Memory wall – share your precious memories
  • Make up your mind – tell us what you're thinking about
  • Screen Grab – this months impressive inky poster
  • Make a Neuron – you have millions, what's one more...

Regular events

  • The Science Museum Comedy Club – Tickets cost £9 per person and are limited. Pre-book to gain VIP entry to the museum but also available from any ticket desk. NB: Start time 20.45
  • Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius – Entrance fee applies (Lates half-price offer: £5 per person)
  • Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph – Entrance fee applies (Lates half-price offer: £4 per person)
  • Wellcome Image Awards – Free entry
  • Fly our simulators – Red Arrows and Fly 360° both discounted rates for Lates 
  • Silent Disco – Grab a headset, select your tunes and dance until you drop.
  • Red mill engine demonstration  

Wednesday 27 April 2016


Admission free although some events may require a ticket


Lates: A night of free adults-only entertainment at the Science Museum