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Love Lates

This March, join us at Lates for a journey to unravel the essence of love.

From the intimate bonds of friendship to the pursuit of passions and pleasure, we navigate the landscape of human connection like never before.

What does the latest neuroscience tell us about the strongest human emotion? Has increased digital interaction changed how we express affection? As more of us identify as LGBTQ+, how has the queer experience transformed our understanding of love?

Join us at Lates to explore the latest dating and sex tech, as well as the future of family units and the power of pheromones, Plus, enjoy regular Lates activities including our iconic silent disco and your chance to see our galleries after hours.

Highlights

The Science Of Hate: Matthew Williams And Shazia Mirza In Conversation 

World-leading criminologist and author of The Science of Hate Matthew Williams is joined by comedian and writer Shazia Mirza to discuss his research and the findings in his book, which analyses human behaviour across the globe and throughout histor, and examines the elusive ‘tipping point’ at the intersection of prejudice and hate. 

Book tickets for The Science of Hate

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (15) + Q&A

Michel Gondry’s romantic science fiction classic is followed by a conversation between leading memory scientists Dr Charan Ranganath, author of Why We Remember and Dr Julia Shaw, author of The Memory Illusion.

Book tickets for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Stembryos: The Future of Reproduction? 

As stem cell-based embryo models become increasingly more sophisticated, they also raise big questions: how do we define a human embryo and what should be the limit of such research?   

Book ticket for Stembryos

Hidden treasures: Love and sexuality

18.00–18.30, 18.45–19.15

Join us for a unique opportunity to discover highlights from the Science Museum’s Library and Archives collection. The Library team will guide you through objects that explore love, passion, and sexualities.

Book tickets for Hidden Treasures

Romance and sex through tech

19.30-20.00, Wonderlab Showspace

Have you ever felt a romantic connection to a sex toys? Join Dr Trudy Barber to explore cybersex, virtual reality and the future of sex tech.

Discover the hidden science of bisexuality

20.1520.45, Wonderlab Showspace

Join Julia Shaw, psychologist, internationally bestselling author and co-host of BBC podcast Bad People in conversation with the founder and chair of Science Museum’s Gender and Sexuality Network curator Rebecca Mellor to discuss the science and history of bisexuality.

Julia will sign copies of Bi: The Hidden Culture, History and Science of Bisexuality at 20.45 in the Wonderlab Shop.

Drag 'n' Drop!

21.00-21.40, Wonderlab Showspace

Dragona Budget

Join Dragona Budget, one half of high-energy drag removals company Drag ’n' Drop!, in a drag-musical-comedy journey through gender, identity, climate change and quantum physics. This is drag’s answer to Waiting for Godot that no-one asked for.

BSL Tour of Zimingzhong 凝时聚珍: Clockwork Treasures from Chinas's Forbidden City Exhibition

Join our BSL-led tour guide to turn back the hands of time and discover ornate clockwork automata known as zimingzhong, centuries-old timepieces prized by the emperors of China's Forbidden City, in this spectacular exhibition. This tour is for BSL users only.

More activities to be announced soon.

 

 

Photos of visitors to recent Lates

Regular events*

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. Entry £4 per person (card payments only)—tickets available in the Exploring Space gallery on the night.   

Zimingzhong 凝时聚珍: Clockwork Treasures from China's Forbidden City

Turn back the hands of time and discover ornate clockwork automata known as zimingzhong, centuries-old timepieces prized by the emperors of China's Forbidden City, in this spectacular exhibition. Tickets are pay-what-you-can, with a minimum price of £1 for each ticket.

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery 

Fuel your imagination and immerse yourself in a world of wonder at the most spectacular interactive gallery in the world. With 50 mind-blowing marvels of science to enjoy, Wonderlab is an experience unlike any other. Special Lates price—only £5.

Power Up

Immerse yourself in our hands-on gaming zone featuring the very best video games and consoles from the past 50 years. From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just want to beat your friends at Mario Kart. Special Lates price—£5.  

Turn it Up: The power of music

In this fun musical experience you will explore how music shapes our lives, all brought to life with unique interactive exhibits. Hear, feel and make your own music! Special Lates price—£5.

*Note these events are not included in your general admission ticket.

Tickets

  • All Lates visitors will need to pre-book a free or VIP ticket in advance. 

  • General admission tickets are free and timeslots start from 18.45. 

  • VIP tickets are £12, with early entry timeslots starting from 18.30, and include a free drink as well as 15% off in the museum shop on the night.