Lates: Ancestors

After hours at the Museum

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

How has life on Earth changed over time? Join us as we come face-to-face with plant, animal and human ancestors.

The variety of life we see around us today has been evolving for millions of years.

From the first plants colonising land 465 million years ago and the human domestication of dogs 15,000 years ago, find out how natural and artificial selection shaped the plants and animals living today.

  • 31 May 2019, 18.00-22.00

Plan your Lates

Our Close Relative - Nature Live

Join us as we talk human evolution with Museum researcher Chris Stringer.

19.00-19.45 and 20.15-21.00
Free, no ticket required

Pop-up science stations

Hang out with scientists and learn about the history of plants, find out if DNA test kits are accurate and what ancestry means to you.

18.00-21.30
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 Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Lates.

Stay really late at the Silent Disco

Make waves on the dance floor under Hope the whale, and curate the soundtrack to your night as three DJs make you move. Adult: £22, Member: £20

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.