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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 Museum is collaborating with Pride in London to bring you an LGBTQ+-inspired Lates, featuring live performance, talks, music and much more.

Join our Drag Kings and Queens around the piano, get a make-up masterclass and take part in the drag race. Test your artistic skill in our genital drawing competition, stimulate your intellect at our Literary Salon and indulge yourself in a veritable cornucopia of further delights as well.

This month we're also unveiling our first ever Lates afterparty. With live sets from first-class DJs Jay Jay Revlon and Michelle Manetti, this is your opportunity to keep the revelries going late into the night. 

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

Download the Lates map for this month


Pride Variety Show 
19.30–20.30. Tickets £6 early bird, £8 after
Expect to be wowed by Mzz Kimerley and other special guests in a one-off variety show hosted by cabaret sensation and Pride in London drag royalty, the one-and-only Michael Twaits.
More info and booking

Sexuality Lates Afterparty 
22.00–23.45. Tickets £6 early bird, £8 after
Carry on the party with first-class DJs Jay Jay Revlon and Michelle Manetti as we combine forces with Pride in London to host the first ever Lates afterparty—you don’t want to miss out!
More info and booking

A.I. Stands for… Artificial Intimacy
19.30–20.00 in Hans Rausing Lecture Theatre
Join Herb Enmarch-Williams to find out what it might actually be like to meet the kind of sex robot usually found in sci-fi —a truly live, fully animated robot lover—for real.
Tickets available on the door or book online.

Polari Literary Salon
20.15–20.45, 21.00–21.30 in Hans Rausing Lecture Theatre
A showcase for writers, poets and performers since 2007, the award-winning LGBT+ literary salon comes to the Science Museum. Hosted by Polari founder Paul Burston with special guests Alexis Gregory, VG Lee and Paula Varjack.
Tickets available on the door or book online.

Out Thinkers
19.30–20.00, 20.15–20.45 in Wonderlab Showspace (enter through the Wonderlab Shop)
Learn about the science and history of the truth serum, and what DNA separates us from the pufferfish in this showcase for LGBTQ+ researchers.
Tickets available on the door or book online.

(De)categorising Sexuality
21.00–21.30 in Wonderlab Showspace (enter through the Wonderlab Shop)
What can logic and maths teach us about sexuality? Dr Eugenia Cheng explores ways that abstract mathematical thinking can give a sturdy framework for understanding boundaries, prejudice and inclusivity. A book signing will take place in the shop afterwards.
Tickets available on the door or book online.

The Un-whitewashed Herstory of Pride
21.00–21.30 in Media Gallery
How did the Stonewall riots spark the gay rights movement? Uncover the history of what happened at the Stonewall Inn, hear why Pride was originally a protest and learn about the lives of two of Stonewall's most important figures, Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera.

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.
  • 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 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.

25 July 2018: Medical Marvels
29 August 2018: Circus
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.