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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.

Science City lates: Wednesday 26 february 2020

Join us for Science City, a Lates celebrating the opening of Science City 1550-1800: The Linbury Gallery.

Discover how London grew from a lively capital city to a global hub for trade, commerce, and scientific enquiry between 1550 and 1800. Test your knowledge of geography, experiment with the phenomenon of the camera obscura and step back in time to visit a plague doctor!

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

Download the map and guide for this month's Lates


Arise, Sir Isaac!

Isaac Newton lived in London during the last thirty years of his life where, as head of the Royal Mint, he moved in wealthy aristocratic circles, exerted substantial political influence, and profited financially from imperial trade and exploitation. To illustrate these themes, this lecture examines an oil painting by William Hogarth illustrating a children’s performance of John Dryden’s play The Indian Emperor, a dramatized version of the tussle for power between Hernando Cortez and Montezuma.

This talk is presented in collaboration with Gresham College.

Our World and What We Know About It

Think you know your geography? Test your knowledge as you embark on a voyage around the globe to discover how maps have changed over time.

Voyages, Venus and the Science of Vision.

How did Captain Cook use a circumnavigation, a transit of Venus and the principle of depth perception to measure the distance between the Earth and Sun? Learn how this experiment was coordinated on a global scale and have a go at measuring your own Astronomical Unit.

Newton Lux

Explore the pioneering discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton using the Newton LUX, an interactive telescope based on his work in optics. You may be surprised to see how these discoveries still impact us to this day.

Regular Events

  • Space Descent VR with Tim Peake: 35% off the usual ticket price.
  • Museum Wonders: Join our curators to uncover the mysteries of objects not usually on display—and tell us if they remind you of grandma's sofa, your favourite childhood holiday or that weird smell on your commute. 
  • Screen Grab: Print your own poster with our team of experts. 
  • Talkaoke: Chat, discuss, converse and pontificate on the current topics picked on the night.
  • 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. £2 tickets available in the Exploring Space gallery on the night.
  • British Sign Language events at Lates: Join us for BSL-interpreted events and activities.

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.

  • 26 February 2020—Science City
    Lates celebrates the opening of our new gallery Science City 1550–1800: The Linbury Gallery, uncovering how London grew from a lively capital city to a global hub for trade, commerce, and scientific enquiry between 1550 and 1800.
  • 25th March 2020—Space
    Join the Science Museum for a night that is sure to be out of this world, as we celebrate all things Space.
  • 29th April 2020—Gaming
    Lates celebrates the return of Power Up to the Science Museum, with a one-night gaming extravaganza.
  • 27th May 2020—Communications and Phone
  • 24th June 2020—Sexuality
  • 29th July 2020Time

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

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