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Wednesday 30 August

Over 18s only

It's going to be out of this world

This month, Lates is partnering with the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World to explore all things space. We'll be featuring a live webcast from our Tomorrow’s World gallery. 

The Wellcome Trust are joining us to provide enlightenment about sleeping in the dark, while the Royal Society will open our minds with an exploration of dark matter. The Open University are also on hand to tell us what happened when the Rosetta probe’s Philae lander touched down on a comet.

Plus, all the regular Lates highlights are waiting for you to enjoy, including live music 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 big data to childhood.

See what we have planned for the coming months

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


BBC Tomorrow’s World Live: Move to Mars

Tomorrow’s World launches a new live and interactive BBC show on space. What will space exploration look like within our lifetimes? How will it change things here on Earth? With the help of our audience in the Tomorrow’s World gallery, and from around the world online at bbc.co.uk/tomorrowsworld and Facebook Live, we’ll be asking today’s top scientists: how is space shaping our future?

The Royal Society’s Space Zone

Head down to the basement, where the Royal Society will be showcasing the verybest of their space research projects and Summer Science exhibits.

Astronaut Challenge

Can you make it through the astronaut challenge? Take part in an immersive experience by Dark Matters that puts your critical thinking, dexterity and puzzle solving skills to the test as you try to repair and escape from a space station before time runs out.

Also on this month

Think (Talks and object related events)

  • Animals in space
  • Destination space show
  • What can meteorites tell us about space?
  • How to build a galaxy
  • Astrological medicine in Pre—Modern Europe
  • Cosmonaut Savitskaya
  • Astronaut Cernan
  • Highlights tour of the Museum
  • What are exoplanets made of?
  • Talkaoke
  • Large Stand—Up Collider
  • Hidden gems— Our Curators give you a sneak peak into our collection
  • Can touch this— Our Volunteers let you get hands on

Experience (Active events such as shows and demonstrations)

  • Silent Disco
  • Space age diagnosis
  • Astronaut challenge
  • Rocket power
  • Sea plus space
  • Developing Human Space SkinSuit
  • Sniffing the solar system
  • Can you be a Martian?
  • What Earthlings should know about space junk
  • Tim Peake's spacecraft

The Royal Society's Space Zone

  • Galaxy makers
  • Neutrino catchers
  • Listening to Einstein's Universe
  • Amazing masers
  • How to make a supernova
  • Exploring the realm of the giants
  • EAGLE voyagers

Create (Hands—on creative workshops)

  • Screen grab
  • Capture the sun
  • Out of this world
  • 3D spectacular
  • Wireless workshop

Regular events 

Next Lates:

Wednesday September 27

Next month’s Lates will explore biology in its many different forms. Discover the wonders of the animal kingdom, debunk medical myths and join us on a journey through the human digestive system. We’ll also have the Large Stand—Up Collider providing a host of comedians to tickle your funny bone. 

Join Rick Edwards and Michael Brooks for the launch of their book Science(ish): The Peculiar Science Behind the Movies and hear them talk all things science, or come and learn about personalised medicine in How to Build a Virtual Human.

Wednesday 30 August 2017


Over 18s only

Admission free although some events may require a ticket


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