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Power UP

Wednesday 27 July

Plunge into the wonderful world of gaming with us

Over 18s only

Join us at this month’s Lates as we unlock the next level of the gaming world. 

Find out the answers to questions such as 'What makes gaming one of the fastest-growing markets on the planet?', 'How have technological advances in games consoles contributed to the real world?', and 'Could computer games be the key to battling addictions?'.

Get creative in hands-on workshops, help the Mario theme tune get to the top of the charts, play retro games from your childhood, and see what the future of gaming could hold.

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.

This month's Lates ties in with the Museum's major video games event Power UP, which runs from 22 July – 7 August. As well as enjoying a taster at Lates, get your hardcore gaming-head on and book tickets for Power UP itself here

Download the map and guide for 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.


Pokémon Go
Found a Pokémon in the Museum? Show it to our Information Desk staff to receive a prize. The Museum has a Gym and a lot of Pokéstops – gotta catch 'em all!

DIY Trump Cards
Make your own trump cards with I, Science. From A-listers to Big Brother rejects, select a celeb and create your card. Rate your celeb's career highs, lows, and infamous moments before playing this take on the classic game.

The Science Museum Comedy Club
The Science Museum's resident comedy team Punk Science answers the call of duty to celebrate games – but they don’t have a monopoly on it. Turning the evening into a multi-player affair, Infinite Monkey Cage host Robin Ince and Festival of the Spoken Nerd’s geek songstress Helen Arney are joining them. Plus, curator of consumer technology Helen Peavitt talks about the games kept in the national collection. Get your tickets and join the pack, man.
Tickets are limited and cost £9 per person 

Join Alice Roberts, anatomist, television presenter and author, for a live demonstration of Superbugs, the new game from the UK's biggest science prize, the Longitude Prize. Play the game and try to survive as long as you can against the superbugs using existing and new anitbiotics.

Also on this month

Think (Talks and object-handling related events)

  • Why I love making games – Simon Oliver explains
  • Quit genius: the world's first game to quit smoking
  • Beating cancer through gaming

Experience (Active events such as shows and demonstrations)

  • Ada Lovelace – join our actress as she tells all
  • GamerDisco – music made from game music
  • Hidden gems – our curators show their wears and tears 
  • Bringing research to you – with Cancer Research UK
  • Trailblazing citizen science – with Cancer Research UK
  • Gaming to beat cancer – with Cancer Research UK
  • Make-up demo: Delve with the elves – get your face in the game and a game on your face
  • Cosplay Festival: From fantasy to reality 
  • Can touch this – our volunteers let you hold the past
  • Gripable: Putting gaming into personal training
  • Futures made of virtual reality – Samsung takes you beyond your imagination
  • Ditch the digital – play board-games with us
  • Dance off extravaganza
  • GameFace's signature: Chipbattles

Create (Hand-on creative workshops)

  • DIY virtual reality headset
  • LED key – ring workshop
  • Pepakura workshop – amazing paper creations
  • Craft workshop: Made to measure treasure
  • Chiptune workshop – make music using games consoles
  • Binary bracelets
  • Shake it like a Polaroid – print off your Instagrams and tweets
  • Game on – make your own controller

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 tickets are also available from any ticket desk.
  • 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.

Wednesday 27 July 2016


Admission free although some events may require a ticket


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