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Night Owls is a sensory friendly evening for young adults and adults (ages 16+) who need a quieter environment to enjoy the museum.

This event is suitable for people who benefit from visiting the museum free from the hustle and bustle of the general public (for example, those with autism spectrum conditions or sensory processing differences).

On selected Saturdays across the year we open the museum exclusively to pre-booked Night Owls guests from 18.45 until 22.30. As well as the chance to explore the galleries, there are lots of fun workshops and exciting demonstrations to enjoy.

Some of the loud noises are turned off, there are quiet areas for those needing to take a break, and additional information is provided before attending a Night Owls event.

The Night Owls accessible events are completely free and suitable for people aged 16 and over. Parents/carers and siblings are welcome to attend, but all attendees must be over the age of 16. 

Scheduled dates


Join us for a celebration of science. Most of the museum's galleries will be open for you to explore in a quieter environment and there will be a chance to get hands-on with a range of activities. 

A few weeks prior to the event a Visual Story and programme will be available here—these will be emailed to attendees the week of the event. Please note this event is for people aged 16 years and over only. 

Highlights include: 

  • Changing the Face of Autism Research Together: an initiative to bring together autistic people and scientists to share ideas and influence the research agenda. 21 participants worked with an artist and a podcaster to create a series of thought-provoking portraits and conversations, showcased here. The project is funded by the Wellcome Trust and the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre
  • Apollo 10 Station: As you observe the Apollo 10 command module, scan the QR code and listen to a voice actor describe the journey the astronauts went on. Try on the Sokol spacesuit and take a picture.
  • Tour: Follow one of our volunteer tour guides to see some of our most beloved iconic objects and discover their untold stories.

Hands-on workshops:

  • Robots: Take part in a workshop where you can program some Bee-Bots to go around a maze and make some MiPs move around by programming them with your body.
  • Catapult Challenge: Create your own catapult with everyday materials. See how far you can launch your pompom in our catapult challenge.
  • Mission Patches: Every space mission has its own mission patch. Design and create your own in this workshop
  • Stop-motion: Let your imagination run wild to create a creature, then become the director of your very own stop-motion film for your creation to star in.
  • Designing New Medicines: Discover how new medicines are made, and get hands-on with molecular models.

In addition to the above, interactive galleries like Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery and The Garden will be open and free. There will also be a sensory space set-up with some interactive sensory equipment for you to use.