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 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 October 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 Thursday (25th October) through to Saturday (27th October), and here are some of the highlights in London!

1918 Parliament: A Snapshot in Time, Houses Of Parliament

Friday 26th October, 6pm – 10.30pm. £20.

Whenever the Houses of Parliament opens up its doors for Museums at Night, it’s always going to be a must-visit. This year, it’s hosting an immersive experience called ‘A Snapshot in Time’. Taking visitors back to 19th November, 1918, guests will get to meet King George V and Winston Churchill eight days after the armistice and just weeks before women are first allowed to vote in the General Election. Set to be truly once-in-a-lifetime event, guests will be able to look around Parliament and purchase refreshments from the well-stocked bar off Westminster Hall.

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Friday Late: Power, Play and Politics, London Transport Museum

Friday 26th October, 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 Power, Play and Politics event. Turning attention to the 80s, the museum will be taking a look at protests, underground, and pop-culture, in a series of talks, tours and workshops. Alongside a retro arcade, there’ll also be makers’ stalls and workshops, including live illustration, tarot readings and crafting 80’s accessories. Oh, and there’s also a photo booth, and who doesn’t love one of those?

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The Amazing Halloween Experience, London Canal Museum

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October, 3pm – 9.30pm. Adults £11, Children £8.50.

The Autumn edition of Museums and Night always coincides with Halloween weekend, and that means there’s loads of spooky events going on but this year’s best offering comes from the London Canal Museum. Perfect for the whole family, guests are invited to take a unique trip through Islington Tunnel at on board one of London’s community narrowboats specially decorated for the occasion with a friendly witch amongst the crew. There’ll be plenty of surprises down the 200 year old tunnel and kids get sweets and free glow-sticks on board.

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Pop Up Cinema: Gladiator, Museum of the Order of St John

Thursday 25th October, 6pm – 9.30pm. £14.99.

The Museum of the Order of St John may be one of the more made-up-sounding museums in the capital, but it’s actually always one of the festival’s go-to venues. This year, to coincide with their mini ‘Filmed in Malta’ festival, they’ll be screening the Russel Crowe’s iconic action epic, Gladiator. Due to the length of the film, there’ll be a short interval where you can top up your refreshments.

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After Dark, Pollock’s Toy Museum

Thursday 25th October, 5.30pm – 9pm. Adults £7, Children £4.

If you haven’t ever had the chance to visit Pollock’s Toy Museum, Museums at Night offers you the perfectly opportunity. A rare opportunity to visit the quirky toy museum after hours, visitors this Thursday can enjoy the exhibits of decorated doll houses, dolls, teddies, tin toys, board games, puzzles, toy theatres and all kinds of toys from yesteryear. To get you through the evening, you’ll also be treated to complimentary spiced apple cider and gingerbread.

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Night London Council, Museum Of London

Friday 26th October, 7pm – 11pm. Free.

Another one of the festival’s more lively affairs will be taking place this Friday at the Museum of London where ‘The Night London Council’ will be hosting a free evening of performances, live art, music, talks, and sideways opportunities to explore the capital after dark. The fictional body representing those who live and work between sunset and sunrise will introduce you to your London but not as we know it through tours, performances and Q&A sessions. There’ll also be a bar to aid with your exploration.

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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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