Museums at Night in London
If you’re still struggling for something to do over Halloween weekend and don’t fancy heading anywhere in fancy dress, the 30th-31st October sees the return of the Museums at Night festival, which see museums and galleries open up after hours to be experienced like never before!
The festival takes place twice a year with non-profit cultural publisher Culture24 inviting all UK museums, galleries and heritage sites to throw open their doors after hours to showcase their treasures in unexpected ways. As the majority of our country’s major museums are London-based, here’s our list of the best ones that will be open!
London Transport Museum – Make Mine a Double
Friday 30th October. 18.45-22.00. £8.
For something completely un-Halloween related, go and explore the London Transport Museum after dark with music, bars, talks and curator tours. Be among the first to see our newest exhibition ‘Night Shift’ – which delves into the dark side of transport in London and explores the power of publicity.
London Transport Museum – Gin and the City
Friday 30th October. 19.00-20.15 and 20.30-21.45. £15.
But that’s not all that’s going on at the London Transport Museum! If you’re into London’s finest boozy export, then learn about the long and chequered history of gin. Sit back and enjoy talks from Nicholas Cook of The Gin Guild and Tom Hills, Distiller at The East London Liquor Company, as they guide you through tasting eight gins that each define moments in its history. You’ll also get free entry into the ‘Make Mine a Double’ event after!
The Royal Institution – Molecules to nanoscale machines: Building the future
Friday 30th October. 19.45-21.15. £17.
For something more educational, check out the Royal Institution for talks on the future of building machines from molecules. How realistic is such a thimg and how would we go about tackling the challenges it involves? How do we begin to build a machine simply from molecules? Join Neil Champness to explore the future of nanoscale machines.
National Gallery – Art of Witchcraft
Friday 30th October. 18.30-20.00. £26.
What better way to spend Halloween than looking at a load of paintings of witches!? With artists such as Goya, Salvator Rosa and Lachlan Goudie on show, the National Gallery is doing it’s take on scary season with pictures of hags, warlocks, and resuscitated corpses.
Grant Museum of Zoology – Halloween
Sunday 31st October. 18.30-21.00. £6 with a free glass of wine.
If you want something more spooky, check out the Grant Museum of Zoology where you can enjoy a drink and uncover some ghoulish animal facts along the way with Halloween themed specimen labels. There’ll be film, talks and an open mic on offer!
For all the information you need about the festival as a whole, head over to the Museums at Night Website. But if you have a query regarding a specific event or want to book tickets, it’s best to contact each venue directly.