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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.

250 YEARS OF CIRCUS: 29 AUGUST 2018

Roll up, roll up! Prepare to be bowled over at Science Museum Lates in August, celebrating 250 years of the circus. 

Learn to juggle, hone your hula hoop skills and discover the science involved in orchestrating physical feats of acrobatic daring.

Find out more about the history of the big top—from the flea circus to the freak show and the maths behind the magic—with Queen Mary University of London and science presenter Neil Monteiro.

Meet unicyclists, magicians, clowns, stilt walkers and mime artists as you go behind the scenes to uncover the technical skill and scientific know-how that creates the thrill of a day at the circus.

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

Highlights

Hula Hoopla
'Circus Scallywags' will bring out the big kid in you as you take part in an interactive hula hoop workshop, then watch a magical movement performance to inspire the senses. Why not join in and dance while you're here, immerse yourself in all the creations and colours of the circus—what are you waiting for?

Scingle: Circus Training Camp
Explore the science of the circus with Scingle. Through hands-on demos you’ll discover why popcorn pops, what makes a good juggler and how to be a superstar hula hooper. 

Three balls and beyond
A fluid and dynamic juggling workshop for all abilities. Join Catchers In The Rye, a juggling group from Peckham, for a memorable experience in juggling three balls and beyond. 

Freak shows of yesterday
Go back in time to the days when it was commonplace to stare and point at those who were different. Come along and, if nothing else, feel slightly better about how things are today. 
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Making magic
Get a lesson in making magic from Neil Monteiro in this interactive show. Using a combination of illusion and science he’ll let you see behind the curtain to discover how magic is created and learn to do it for yourself. 
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Dancing  on Icebergs
Join us for the world premiere of Dancing on Icebergs, a documentary charting the making of the first ever dance film about Antarctica.
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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. 
  • 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.
  • 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 practicing 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 September 2018: Lates is 10 years old – Science of celebration
31 October 2018: Year of the Engineer
28 November 2018: The Sun
30 January 2019: China
27 February 2019: The Last Tsar

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