While London boasts many assets, one of its best is the vast amount of world leading museums. And in recent years, we’ve found the best way to enjoy them is by seeing them at night when galleries and heritage sites, as well as museums, throw open their doors after hours to showcase their treasures in innovative ways. And this week marks the bi-annual Museums at Night festival!

Museums at Night May 2018 – London Highlights

Organised by non-profit cultural publisher Culture24, all UK museums are invited to open their doors to the public and down the country. Museums at Night kicks off this Wednesday (16th May) through to Saturday (19th May), and here are some of the highlights in London!

Friday Late: Swinging Sixties, London Transport Museum

Friday 18th May, 6.45pm – 10pm. £15.

The London Transport is always one of the livelier venues during Museums at Night and this Friday will be no different with the Swinging Sixties event. Bringing the era to life through talks, curator tours, live poetry and workshops, guests can listen to 60s sounds, sip a Flower Power cocktail and take in the Museum’s latest exhibitions after dark, including ‘Poster Girls’ which shines a spotlight on 20th and 21st century female graphic designers and reveals the contribution they have made to poster design over the last one hundred years.

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Peter Pan, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Thursday 17th – Sunday 19th May, 7.45pm – 10pm. From £25.

Rather amazingly, many Londoners have never heard of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. The outdoor venue is an absolute must in the summer and this week you can head down and watch their production of Peter Pan; ‘For the wounded soldiers of World War One, imagination is their only escape. Yet as they’re transported to the fantastical lagoons and pirate ships of Never Land, allegories of the war they’ve left behind are ever present.’

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Under the Sea Late, Horniman Museum and Gardens

Thursday 17th May, 6.30pm – 9.30pm. £5.

Believe it or not, the Horniman Museum and Gardens has an aquarium located in its basement, and it’s set to take centre stage this Thursday with the ‘Under the Sea Late’. With a focus on every-ocean related, this family friendly event will feature talks about underwater worlds in science fiction and live film scores from The Cabinet of Living Cinema. There’ll also be a whole load of other activities including workshops, Q&A’s, face painting. Due to Horniman’s usual popularity, booking tickets in advance is advised.

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Muso: Singing Museums to Life, Grant Museum Of Zoology

Thursday 17th May, 7pm – 9pm. £8.

The Grant Museum of Zoology near King’s Cross is always the place to be if you’re after something a little weird and wonderful. And this Thursday, the doors will be open to the world’s only improvising opera troupe, Impropera, for Muso. With your help, the group will sing the Museum’s specimens to life as you explore the Grant Museum and immerse yourself amongst the beasts, insects, fishes and birds on display. No score, no story and no safety net. What is performed is up to you.

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Luna Cinema Presents, Royal Airforce Museum

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th May, 9pm – Midnight. Adults £15, Children £10..

The Royal Airforce Museum are hosting a couple of flight-inspired film screenings this weekend, courtesy of Luna Cinema. On Saturday, don your aviators and feel the need for speed with a screening of the Tom Cruise classic, Tom Gun; while on Sunday, the 1955 classic The Dambusters will be shown on the giant screen. Naturally, you’ll also be able to get up close to all the aircrafts dotted around the Museum’s hanger.

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Culture at the Speed of Twitter, Museum Of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

Thursday 17th May, 6.30pm – 9pm. £19.

If you’re looking to get a real piece of insight from your Museum at Night experience, one of the more interesting events taking place this week is at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, where Paul McCrudden (Head of Global Marketing at Twitter) will be offering insights into the social media giant. He’ll be discussing the relationship between Twitter and culture, showing how news, memes and personalities develop, and how Twitter’s brand story places the company at the heart of what’s happening. You’ll also be able to explore over 150 years of advertising and packaging after hours and have a drink or two as well!

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Late at the Gate Quiz, Museum of the Order of St John

Thursday 17th May, 6.30pm – 9.30pm. From £5 per Player.

The Museums at Night festival features it all, and to illustrate the point the Museum of the Order of St John is once again hosting a traditional pub quiz this Thursday in St John’s Gate, once home to Ye Olde Jerusalem Tavern – watering hole for the likes of Dickens. The home of the Knights Hospitaller will test your medieval knowledge while you slurp on a tankard of beer or a glass of fine wine. Don’t expect Eggheads levels of difficulty, but your medieval knowledge will be tested!

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Head over to the Museums at Night Website for event listings up and down the country and for booking information. We recommend you book in advance for all events!

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