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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 Science of Unesco LAtes: 27 March 2019 

The Science Museum and UNESCO UK come together to collaborate on a special Lates. UNESCO world heritage sites and historical treasures are here to showcase the work they do to make the world a better place.

Discover how technology is helping us reunite lost souls, determine how ancient manuscripts were written, track floods, map the deep sea floor, and chart the earth below us.  

Find out how tourism can affect all of our precious sites and what we can do to help preserve them.

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



  • Exploring the ocean
    Come and see how UK marine robots, including 'Boaty McBoatface', are contributing to our understanding of oceans by mapping the deep-sea floor and measuring the impacts of climate change.
  • Discovering the treasures beneath our feet
    Join geologists as they time-travel in the Cornish mines. Find out about the treasures this amazing landscape holds, how they are essential to our everyday lives and how we mine them today. 
  • Stonehenge's secrets
    Stonehenge is one of the most studied archaeological monuments in Britain. Find out the results of the largest ever survey of the World Heritage site and landscape and uncover its secrets.
  • Time: What a concept!
    Time structures our daily lives, but what is it? Can we time-travel? We’ll explore time, space and Einstein’s relativity theories with tape measure, grey wig and that vital ingredient—a black hole!
  • World War archive meets modern science
    Discover which virus killed more people than the First World War and use the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s archive to turn war grave detective and identify the war dead.
  • Conserving Greenwich's painted hall
    How do you conserve a 4,000m2 Baroque painting while still as allowing the public access to see it? Will Palin, Old Royal Naval College’s Conservation Director, will reveal the secrets of this painstaking project.
  • Kathmandu's 'at risk' heritage
    Kathmandu’s sculptures and inscriptions are one of Asia’s greatest wonders, but many have been lost to theft and earthquakes. Learn how photogrammetry helps record surviving pieces and print 3D replicas.
  • Ice: A window into the planet's deep past
    Meet world-leading British Antarctic Survey ice core scientist Rob Mulvaney and discover what ancient Antarctic ice reveals about climate change.


Food and drink

Get the night started with delicious cocktails, like our Vodka strawberry swizzle or choose your preferred gin and create a Gin sunset / Gin Midori sour.

Build your own hot dog with a variety of toppings.

Other menu items available include stone-baked pizzas, pastas, toasted flatbread sandwiches and a wide variety of salads. A tasty range of cakes and treats will be offered as well.

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.

  • 24 April 2019: Elementary: 150th Anniversary of the Periodic Table
  • 29 May 2019: Measurement: The digitising of the Kilogram
  • 26 June 2019: Sexuality
  • 31 July 2019: Space: 50th Anniversary of the Moon landings
  • 28 August 2019:  To be confirmed
  • 25 September 2019: Driverless Vehicles—celebrating our exhibition Driverless: Who is in control?

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

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