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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.

Illuminating India: 29 November 2017

Join us as we celebrate the opening of our two new exhibitions 5000 Years of Science and Innovation and Photography 1857–2017 with a Lates themed around the sights, sounds and smells of India.


India in Space: Moumita Dutta in Conversation
Joining us in person all the way from Bangalore for a conversation with The Sky at Night presenter Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, Moumita Dutta will be discussing exactly how the ISRO managed to send a probe 33.9 million miles across the solar system to Mars for less than it cost to make the film Gravity, and enlightening us on India’s upcoming lunar mission.

India's "Scientific Temper"
Jawaharlal Nehru described Indians as having a "scientific temper". In the twentieth century science and technology became a linchpin of the country's strategy for growth, through nuclear power, a space programme, and new educational institutes. Science journalist Angela Saini explores this legacy, drawing from her bestselling book Geek Nation.

Botown—The Soul of Bollywood
An exciting multicultural London band that reboot Bollywood classics with a shot of late ’60s Soul and Funk taking you on a musical trip from Memphis to Mumbai.

Akademi South Asian Dance presents Bells
Bells is a classical Kathak work choreographed for a contemporary audience.Originally choreographed by Kumudini Lakhia, Bells was reworked by Amina Khayyam and Urja Desai Thakore. The original music score for Bells is by Atul Desai and Niraj Chag, the composer for Sadler’s Wells Bollywood musical ‘Wah! Wah! Girls’.

Dhol Players & Bhangra Dancing
Join Professional Bollywood Dance Teacher Kalpesh Zalavadiya from K’z Dance Entertainment and try out some Bhangra moves to the sounds of Dhol drummers.

Also on this month

Regular Events

  • Space Descent VR with Tim Peake: 50% off the usual ticket price
  • Wonderlab, the Statoil Gallery: 50% 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
  • Fly our simulators: Red Arrows and Fly 360° both discounted rates for Lates
  • 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. 
  • Behind-the-scenes Tour of the Conservation Lab: 
    Come and see where we treat and care for the museum’s collection of weird and wonderful objects. The conservators have an exciting life trying to make them look great for the public.
  • 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.

31 January 2018: Food and Drink

28 February 2018: Sport and Well Being

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