You know Leonardo the artist from paintings including The Last Supper and Mona Lisa, but tonight we celebrate Leonardo da Vinci, the insatiably curious engineer. Join us as we explore his technological drawings and visions for the future.
Try your hand at sculpting, building, mask-making, origami and Renaissance-period dancing.
Plus all the regular Lates highlights are waiting for you to enjoy, including live music, the Punk Science comedy show and the best silent disco in town.
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.
Deaf Men Dancing: Let Us Tell You A Story, 19.30-20.00
Explore deaf history and experiences with multi-sensory dance from Deaf Men Dancing, known for their unique fusion of dance with sign language. Artistic Director Mark Smith was inspired to create Let Us Tell You A Story by exploring museum collections. From exquisite ear trumpets to conspicuously large hearing aid boxes, they revealed extraordinary untold stories.
This show incorporates sign language and is audio described.
Francesca Martinez: Wobbly Manifesto, 20.15-21.05
Without diversity, there would be no evolution, life or human beings. So why are we still so scared of difference? Using medical museum collections, comedian Francesca Martinez explores how humanity has chosen to handle disability (or not). By proposing her Wobbly Manifesto, she invites us to consider how embracing diversity as normal could revolutionise the world.
This show is captioned with speech to text, BSL interpreted and audio described.
The Science Museum Comedy Club
Punk Science invites you to celebrate everyone's number-one-favourite Renaissance man and number-three-favourite Ninja Turtle – Leonardo. The Science Museum's in-house comedy duo welcomes Edinburgh nominated comic Sam Fletcher, who's sharing some of his own inventions as well as his love for Leonardo. Also on board are the President of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society Simon Watt and the Science Museum's inventor-in-residence Mark Champkins. It'll put a smile on your face to make the Mona Lisa's look like a wet Wednesday in Florence.
Tickets are limited and cost £9 per person
Also on this month
Think (Talks and object-handling related events)
- LeonArto – the animals behind the man
- Tweeting da Vinci – would Twitter have helped him?
- Our age of discovery: Renaissance wisdom for today
- Leonardo and the art of invention – how good was he?
Experience (Active events such as shows and demonstrations)
- Leonardo dreams of his flying machine – London vocal ensemble Voxcetera present a 'mini opera'
- Exceptional & Extraordinary post show discussion
- Exceptional & Extraordinary objects
- Shake it like a Polaroid – print your selfie using #smlates
- MoanyLisa – tell her your woes
- Stronger By Design show – human sandwiches and a lot of nails
- Leonardo da Vinci: In his own words – spoken word from the man himself
- Can touch this – our volunteers show off their favourite objects
- Wingsuiting – Pioneering the dream of human flight – Imperial college have made Leo's vision a reality
- Good Vibrations: a seismologist's journey to the centre of the Earth
Create (Hand-on creative workshops)
- In your face – make a Renaissance mask
- Screen grab – gorgeous inky posters made by you
- The last sculptor – make your own 'David'
- Drawing on da Vinci – including models like you're never seen them before
- Leo in LEGO – can you match his engineering skills?
- Origami party - boats and swans and dragons 'Oh my!'
- 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)
- Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care – 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