The Natural History Museum comes to life after dark.
Explore our galleries, exhibitions and shops after hours, and enjoy expert-led talks and events at Lates.
What's on this month?
Wing your way to a collection of butterfly-themed activities at Lates.
Take a journey through the fascinating world of butterflies and moths, and enjoy a rare chance to discover live specimens up close with our experts.
Enjoy an amusing take on the world of butterflies and moths with The Wunderkammer's improvised comedy.
Take a culinary journey through the world of creepy crawly cuisine.
Make Your Own Antennae
Learn how to tell a butterfly from a moth, meet some fascinating specimens from the Museum’s Lepidoptera collection with curator David Lees, and have a go at making your own realistic antennae.
Location: Fossil Marine Reptiles.
Plant Aromatics Game
Discover a world of invisible chemical signals as navigated by butterflies. Learn about the aromatic diversity of plants and the biological importance of different plant species with one of the Museum’s botanists. Test your sense of smell by trying to identify different plants from their scent in the same way butterflies do.
Location: Outside Dinosaurs gallery.
See butterflies through a scanning electron microscope. Explore the beauty of butterfly anatomy up close and in minute detail with Museum imaging specialists.
Location: Earth Hall.
Be a Citizen Scientist
Learn how you can be part of the Museum’s latest scientific study, Earthworm Watch, with researcher Victoria Burton. You will also discover the role earthworms play in carbon storage and improving your garden’s soil health.
Location: Lasting Impressions.
Fabulous food and drinks
Our bars serve a range of delicious refreshments, including cocktails, Prosecco, red and white wine, alcoholic milkshakes, pale ale, lager and soft drinks.
Refuel with tasty wraps, baguettes, sandwiches, at the Main Café in the Blue Zone or head to the The Kitchen in the Red Zone for gourmet hot meals. Just after a snack? Crackers and crisps can be purchased at the bars.
Essential event details
Members can enjoy discounts and a Members-only bar. Find more information about Member benefits below.
See individual event listings for start and finish times.
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Please bring your membership card with you on the night. A Members-only bar will be open in the Images of Nature gallery from 19.00-21.45. Members can bring one guest into the bar.
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"After Hours at Natural History Museum invites you to catch up with the latest exhibitions, enjoy a drink or two and take part in special late night events."
- View London
Lates is a free event, however some activities during the evening are ticketed. Details can be found in the event description.