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After Hours at the Natural History Museum

18.00-21.00, 27 October 2006 - 27 April 2007

Start the weekend in style, by chilling out at After Hours at the Natural History Museum. After Hours nights are on the last Friday of every month and give visitors a chance to relax in the Museum's ambient Central Hall with a cocktail, music and tapas. See the breathtaking Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, take part in a bit of late night shopping or have a go on the Ice Rink (from 9 November).

The ever-popular Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition opens on 21 October featuring award-winning pictures of the natural world. Skilful hunters, mating rituals and vistas from around the world are captured in this year's images, each one telling a different story. The Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition is the most prestigious and successful contest of its kind in the world.

The After Hours champagne cocktail bar will help you kick-off your weekend with friends and colleagues. Or, for the more adventurous, what better way to finish the evening than with an hour of pure escapism, skating on the breathtaking new outdoor Ice Rink, against the dramatic backdrop of one of London's most iconic buildings. Finally, to make it the perfect winter experience, you can indulge in a spot of Christmas shopping for inspirational gifts at the adjacent Christmas Fair and the Museum's shop inside.

Visitor information
o Wildlife Photographer of the Year: £6, £3.50 concessions, £15 family ticket (up to five people including at least one adult), free for Members, Patrons and children under five. The exhibition is open from 27 October 2006 until 27 April 2007. Ticket booking: 0870 0130731 or
o Ice rink: £10.50/£12 adults, £9.50/£11 concessions, £7.50 children 12 years and under, £30 family (up to five, minimum one adult). Ticket booking: 0870 060 1780 or
General visitor enquiries: 020 7942 5000

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