Night at the Museum: Late Museum and Gallery Openings in London

As the sun goes down, watch London’s most famous museums and galleries come alive. With many of them offering late openings during the week, catch up on some late-night culture and see a side of these famed attractions that you won’t see on tours.
Fortunately, the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum won’t be coming to life!
The Natural History Museum

No, none of the exhibits at the Natural History Museum will come alive after hours, but you can still enjoy Lates at one of Britain’s finest museums. Open until 10:30pm on the last Friday of every month (except December), you’ll get to see the world-renowned Dinosaurs gallery in a new light. Then indulge in hearty British food , such as venison and wild boar stew, as you enjoy live music in the Central Hall.

The Victoria and Albert Museum

Open until 10pm every Friday, the V&A hosts a free late night event on the last Friday of each month (except December). Featuring live performances, cutting-edge fashion, one-off displays and installations, as well as a bar and food. Spending time at a museum never felt so cool. Selected galleries are also open to visitors who want to explore the museum’s impressive collections of art and design.

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery’s Late Shift, in partnership with FTI Consulting, offers visitors new ways to explore the Gallery after hours. Open until 9pm every Thursday and Friday, guests can enjoy a wide range of events including tours, talks, live music, art workshops, and drop-in drawing sessions.  Visitors can then go to unwind and relax at the Late Shift Bar, enjoy an espresso in the Portrait Café or grab dinner in the Portrait Restaurant.

The Design Museum

Taking place throughout the year, Design Overtime takes on a new theme each time, sometimes inspired by the Design Museum’s current exhibition. Open until 10pm, visitors can check out live performances, music, design and craft opportunities, and the museum’s latest exhibition, all included in the price. Check out Design Overtime theme to see what you’ll be doing on your visit.

Dance to your own tune at the Science Museum’s silent disco. Photo: The Science Museum.
The Science Museum

Sorry kids, this one is for adults only. On the last Wednesday of every month (except December), the Science Museum Lates is dedicated to bringing entertaining events for adults. Every month they have a new theme and special events include speed dating – a chance at finding true love – and Silent Disco where visitors are encouraged to grab a headset, select a tune, and dance!