Lates: Your Planet Needs You

After hours at the Museum

Enjoy exhibitions, talks, science demos, food and drinks by night on the last Friday of the month.

Both the Cromwell Road and Exhibition Road entrances will be open with step-free access.

This month, join us and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for a special Late all about the environment. 

From seas of plastic to forest biodiversity, rising air turbulence and struggling coral reefs, meet the scientists whose innovative work is helping to tackle our planet's most urgent environmental challenges. 

  • 30 November 2018, 18.00-22.00

  • Free entry, with a mix of paid and free activities.

Exciting free activities about the environment in partnership with

Part of UK Research and Innovation

Plan your Lates

Earth by Luke Jerram

Location: Hintze Hall

The first time humankind saw Earth floating in space was in 1972 on NASA's Apollo 17 mission. At this moment, our understanding of our planet changed forever. Hanging in the black emptiness of space, the Earth seems isolated - a precious and fragile island of life.

Experience the wonder of Earth, a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter, Earth features detailed NASA imagery projections, together with a sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones.


Earth by Luke Jerram artwork with person standing in front
Created in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Bluedot Festival and The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres.

A Slippery Road to Sustainability

Join scientist Jen Lucey, whose work with policy makers and industry is striving to make palm oil more sustainable.

Free Nature Live talk, 19.00-19.45

A Wave of Plastic

Meet researcher Tamara Galloway whose work on marine plastics has influenced legislation worldwide, including the UK government's ban on microbeads in cosmetics.

Free Nature Live talk, 20.15-21.00

Image of Earth from space taken by NASA/Reid Wiseman

Reflections of Earth

See the Marine Invertebrates gallery transform into an audiovisual celebration of our Earth.

Take a moment to reflect and enjoy laid-back music and images from the National Centre for Earth Observation.

Drop-in, 18.00-21.30

How We Save the World

What if you had the power to save the world? Join interactive theatre makers Coney on an immersive adventure to make decisions at key moments in Earth's history

Flett Theatre, 18.30, 19.30 and 20.30
Free, bookings required

Pop-up games by Coney

The team at Coney have created three pop-up games to engage you in environmental issues and to see the effect they have on us. 

Drop-in, 18.00-21.30

Pop-up science stations

Hang out with scientists as they delve into protecting biodiversity hotspots, weighing the world's forests and exploring evolution in the deep ocean.


Go behind the scenes

An after-dark behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum's fascinating zoology spirit collection. Explore the amazing diversity of life on Earth.

£15, bookings recommended
Tours run every half hour from 18.30

Visit exhibitions

Buy your tickets to visit Life in the Dark and Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Lates this November.

The Wider Earth

Follow the adventures of a young Charles Darwin in a new play featuring remarkable puppetry. 

Until 30 December

Important information

Please note that photography and filming may take place during this event, in which you may be identifiable.

These images may be used for Museum marketing purposes on the website, social media and printed publicity materials.

Live coverage may be broadcast via a regional television as publicity for the event.

If you have any concerns about being filmed or photographed, please speak to a member of staff.

Access at South Kensington

Make sure your visit runs smoothly with our guide to luggage storage, cloakrooms, toilets, lifts and parking. You'll also find information about facilities for disabled visitors.