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The Science Museum launches Astronights with special midnight Star Wars screening

Tickets are now on sale for Astronights, the Science Museum’s new sleepovers for grown-ups. On Saturday 23 January, the fortunate first ticket holders will enjoy a truly unique night of dining, entertainment and exploration at the Science Museum.

To complete this one-of-a-kind experience, guests will be treated to a special midnight screening of the highly-anticipated new Star Wars film. The Science Museum’s IMAX is the only cinema in the Europe showing Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens in 70mm IMAX format, revealing 40% more film image than regular cinema screens.

The first Astronights will be held on Saturday 23 January and Friday 4 March 2016, between 19.00 and 9.30 the following morning. Guests will dine in style with a three course menu and live music, followed by a choice of evening activities and entertainment.

Whether guests want to get creative, win prizes, or play the part of a curator and go behind the scenes of the Science Museum’s fabulously diverse collections, Astronights will provide an entertaining programme with something for everyone. There will be the chance to discover a new side to the museum by torchlight, as well as enjoy the current, critically-acclaimed exhibitions Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age and Gathered Leaves: Photographs by Alec Soth away from the crowds. In addition to the atmospheric midnight screening of Star Wars, visitors can indulge in a late-night space movie marathon in the iconic Exploring Space gallery.

The Science Museum’s Special Events Manager, Scott McKenzie-Cook, said:

“Our Science Nights for children have been bestsellers for years and now we want adults to have the opportunity to experience the magic. This will be a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, whether you’re a Star Warsfan, keen to explore the museum by torchlight or just want to experience what it feels like to wake up in one of the UK’s most popular Museums.”

Booking is now open for Astronights at the Science Museum on Saturday 23 January and Friday 4 March 2016. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/astronights. Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Notes to Editors

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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. www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

About Astronights

  • Astronights will take place on Saturday 23 January and Friday 4 March 2016, running from 19.00 to 09.30 the following morning.
  • Tickets are priced at £180. The ticket price includes a three-course dinner and drink, and a full cooked breakfast the following morning, as well as access to all the events and exhibitions on offer.
  • www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/astronights