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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.


Join us this month as we reanimate the dead in a Frankenstein-themed Lates.

Come and make your very own Frankentoy to take home with you, look out for Mary Shelley and plug yourself in to our fascinating Frankenstein Festival, which is happening around the museum. Plus, all the regular Lates highlights are waiting for you to enjoy, including live music and the best silent disco in town.


  • The Science of Victor Frankenstein
    This illustrated talk by Frank James will examine the scientific and medical knowledge that Mary Shelley drew on when writing Frankenstein and how she avoided going into too much detail about creating life artificially.

  • Rest in Pieces: How did Dr. Frankenstein create his creature?
    Mortician and pathology museum curator Carla Valentine will engage you in a lively discussion about the creation of the famous ‘monster’, illustrated with anatomical specimens from Barts Pathology Museum.

  • Voltaic Piles
    Did you know coins and vinegar can make a battery? Try it out and make one for yourself. Then take it home and start to power your home free of charge!

  • The Road to Conscious Machines
    Countless movies, novels and computer games have enthralled—and terrified—us with the prospect of conscious machines. But what is the reality of artificial intelligence today, and what might be possible in the future? Michael Wooldridge, author of a new book in the Ladybird Expert series, tells all.

    Michael Wooldridge will be signing books in our Wonderlab Shop from 21.00.

  • The Big Bang: The Day Without a Yesterday
    Join Marcus Chown, author of a new book in the Ladybird Expert series, for an exploration of the greatest discovery in the history of science: the Big Bang. Once there was a day without a yesterday. The universe was born. Why do we believe in the Big Bang?

    Marcus Chown will be signing books in our Wonderlab Shop from 20.00.

Frankenstein Festival Events

As well as our Lates-only Frankenstein-themed events, you can also visit the main events of the Frankenstein Festival during your visit to Lates. Admission ranges from £3 – £10 depending on the event. Click the titles below for more information and to book, or book now by clicking the button in the sidebar.

Regular Events

  • Space Descent VR with Tim Peake: 35% off the usual ticket price
  • Illuminating India exhibitions: 5000 Years of Science and Innovation and Photography 1857–2017
  • Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care: Free entry
  • 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. 
  • Can Touch This: Hold history in your hands with objects from the Science Museum’s collection. Museum volunteers will show you what they are made from and how they transformed the way we communicate and share information.
  • Screen Grab: Join two up-and-coming printmakers in their pop-up studio and create your own screen-print souvenir of this month’s Lates. It will be hands-on, beautiful and inky... 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 

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.

25 April 2018: Superbugs
30 May 2018: Home of the Future
27 June 2018: Sexuality
25 July 2018: NHS
29 August 2018: Circus
26 September 2018: Birthday
31 October 2018: Engineering
28 November 2018: The Sun

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