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Science Museum Lates returns this October exploring the science of coronavirus

  • For one night only, Science Museum Lates returns with late-night opening hours for adults
  • This special-edition Lates will reflect on our world in the midst of a pandemic and explore research happening right now to overcome COVID-19
  • Free and VIP tickets available to book from Thursday 1 October

Science Museum Lates
Wednesday 14 October 2020
18.30-22.00, 18+
VIP entry from 18.30
General admission from 18.45

Science Museum Lates returns for a special edition in October to explore our world in the time of coronavirus and the research happening right now to help fight the pandemic.
Visitors to the popular adults-only late-night opening are now required to pre-book their free or VIP timed tickets online to help manage the number of people in the museum at one time, and ensure a safe and enjoyable visit. Lates bookers will have the opportunity to attend socially distanced talks and workshops throughout the evening, with enhanced cleaning and safety measures in place.
Among the evening’s activities, the Science Museum will be joined by the Francis Crick Institute who will be exploring how the immune system remembers and evolves, and visitors can discover how staff from the Crick turned the biomedical research centre into a COVID-19 testing facility.
Visitors can hear from NHS transplant surgeon Pankaj Chandak who in 2016 used 3D printed organs to help plan a highly complex transplant between a father and his two-year-old daughter. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, he has found himself stepping back from his role as a surgeon to 3D print life-saving PPE for frontline staff.
Meanwhile, the Leonard Cheshire charity will explore how assistive eyegaze technology has played a vital role in helping keep people with access needs connected since the nation went into lockdown. Allowing users to communicate through their eyes, the technology has become ever-more important with more people wearing facemasks and with more of us relying on digital forms of communication. Visitors will be able to test out the tech through games or use their eyes to write a message to a loved one. 
Visitors can have a go at making their own facemask while taking part in the Science Museum’s #MaskSelfie campaign to help capture a snapshot of life today; part of an ongoing effort to document the pandemic for future generations.
There will also be the chance to explore the museum’s vast galleries after dark, including the newest, Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries, spanning over 500 years of history through 3,000 objects and rich personal stories reflecting on humanity’s relationship with health and medicine. In Medicine and Communities, exploring topical themes such as virology and vaccines from smallpox to polio to Ebola, visitors can gaze up at Bloom – a thought-provoking mechanical artwork by Studio Roso representing the spread of infection through populations – or explore the steps needed to control the spread of a pandemic disease through interactive exhibits.
As well as reflecting on the pandemic, the much-loved Science Museum Lates will be back to provide some light relief, seeing the return of the old-favourite Pub Quiz. This month’s rendition will be coronavirus-free with questions exploring recent science stories which visitors may have missed. The must-see interactive gallery, Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery, will also be open for visitors to enjoy with a special ticket offer of £5.
Tickets will be released on Thursday 1 October at 12.00. General admission tickets are free and permit entry from 18.45. VIP tickets are £10, with entry from 18.30, and include a free drink as well as 15% off in the museum shop on the night. 
Science Museum Lates takes place at the Science Museum on Wednesday 14 October from 18.30–22.00. For more information visit

DATE: Wednesday 14 October 2020, 18.30 – 22.00
PRICE: FREE admission, ticket required; VIP ticket: £10 (includes priority entry, free drink & 15% shop discount)
AGE: Over 18s only
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About Science Museum Lates
Bringing together a host of themed talks, workshops and activities, Science Museum Lates are free adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the museum every month. Science Museum Lates began in September 2008, and the museum has since hosted over 120 Lates events with themes ranging from sexuality and medicine, zombies and Frankenstein, to China and AI. Find out more about past Science Museum Lates events here.
About our health and safety measures
The Science Museum reopened its doors to the public on Wednesday 19 August following five months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. Providing a safe, welcoming and enjoyable experience is the museum’s priority. Enhanced cleaning regimes are in operation, protective screens installed to all main reception points, ticket and information desks, and hand sanitiser stations located throughout the museum. Contactless e-scanners are in place to scan tickets upon entry to the museum and visitors are asked to make contactless payments where possible. Visitors are required to wear face coverings, in line with government guidance. Self-guided routes and social distancing guidelines are in place across the museum with clear signage to help visitors have a relaxed visit. 
Visitors will be required to pre-book their timed tickets online allowing the museum to manage visitor flow as part of steps to ensure social distancing in line with Government guidance. Visitors will receive a pre-visit email including a video illustrating changes to the visitor experience to ensure an enjoyable and safe day out, and detailed guidance is also available on our website.
About the Science Museum
As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement. For more information about the Science Museum visit
About Discover South Kensington
Discover South Kensington brings together the Science Museum and other leading cultural and educational organisations to promote innovation and learning. South Kensington is the home of science, arts and inspiration. Discovery is at the core of what happens here and there is so much to explore every day.

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