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Science Museum Lates are adults-only, after-hours theme nights that take place in the museum on the last Wednesday of every month.

The measure of all things: 29 May 2019

Join our celebration of the digitisation of the kilogram and explore all things measurement and control.

Get hands on with a range of activities from the National Physical Laboratory, including their measurement parlour games and bot stack challenge. Learn about what goes into making watches and clocks, and take a guided tour of our Clockmakers' Museum.

Plus, all the regular Lates highlights will be here for you to enjoy, including live music and the best silent disco in town.



Try out hands-on displays and get to grips with the seven SI base units. Can you perfectly ‘tune’ an atomic clock or make an acoustic resonance thermometry system work?


Join our golf pros and their research caddies to navigate through life’s twists and turns using mini golf. A collaboration between fanSHEN and the MRC Unit of Lifelong Health & Ageing at UCL.


Artist Almudena Romero will be explaining step by step how to print photographs directly onto leaves using a plant’s own chlorophyll pigment and the power of sunlight.


Top chronologist Anne Curtis goes back in time to uncover the story of the most accurate timepieces ever created.


Could you reduce your risk of heart and circulatory disease? Meet a cardiac nurse to learn how, and discover the ways scientists can use data about lifestyle choices to predict your health future.

Regular Events

  • Space Descent VR with Tim Peake: 35% off the usual ticket price.
  • Red Arrows and Fly 360°:  Fly our simulators at discounted Lates rates. 
  • Hidden Gems: Peel away the layers of the Science Museum’s collection and you’ll find a weird and wonderful world of spectacular objects. Come and marvel at a selection of items not normally on public display, brought straight from our stores.
  • Screen Grab: Print your own poster with our team of experts. 
  • Highlights Tour of the Museum: Follow one of our volunteer tour guides on a whistle-stop tour of some of our most beloved iconic objects and discover the untold stories they hold. 
  • Talkaoke: Chat, discuss, converse and pontificate on the current topics picked on the night.
  • Silent Disco: Whether you’re practising your moves or just in the mood to slam dunk the funk, grab a headset, select your tunes and dance until you drop. £2 tickets available in the Exploring Space gallery on the night.

Future Lates

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.

  • 26 June 2019: Sexuality
    Partnering with Pride in London we’ll be exploring sexuality with live music and performances. 
  • 31 July 2019: Space
    As part of our Summer of space season, we’ll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landings and all thing space.
  • 28 August 2019: Driverless!
    Lates will be exploring the themes of our new exhibition Driverless: Who Is in Control? 
  • 25 September 2019: Top Secret  
    Lates will be exploring our new exhibition Top Secret looking at the world of codebreaking, ciphers and secret communications as well as quantum computing. 
  • 30 October 2019:  Halloween
    Lates will be celebrating Halloween with a spooky night of events as we look at the science behind Halloween.
  • 27 November 2019: Art and Science  
    We’ll be exploring the worlds of science and art and the crossover between these two disciplines. 
  • 29 January 2020: Medicine 
    Lates celebrates all things medicine related as we launch our new Medicine Galleries which are based on the extraordinary collections of Henry Wellcome and the Science Museum.

These are subject to change but we can guarantee that each night will be fun and entertaining.

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