Lates: Intelligence

After hours at the Museum

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

Is intelligence an exclusively human concept? If not, how do we judge levels of intelligence in the rest of the animal kingdom? And how important is it?

Talk to scientists who are investigating the more extraordinary behaviours and interactions of creatures throughout the natural world, from termites and cuttlefish, to chimpanzees and moths. 

  • 25 January 2019, 18.00-22.00

  • Free entry, no ticket required.

    Paid activities are Spirit Collection tours and temporary exhibitions.

Plan your Lates

Going Ape Wit

Join psychologist and primate expert Zanna Clay to discover more about the communication skills of our primate relatives in this Nature Live talk. 

Free, no ticket required

Painted Wolves: Africa's Underdogs

Join wildlife filmmaker and producer Nick Lyon to learn about the social intelligence and kinship of Africa's painted wolves.

Free, no ticket required

Pop-up science stations

Hang out with scientists and learn about some of the cleverer members of the animal kingdom.

Free, no ticket required

Spirit Collection tours

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

£15, bookings essential
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.

The Wider Earth

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

Until 24 February 2019

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.

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.