Museum After Dark

A photo of a bushbaby

A night at the Museum

Join us on the spookiest nights of the year and explore the vast galleries after dark.

Option to add a discounted Wildlife Photographer of the Year ticket to see the exhibiton at night. 

30 October SOLD OUT

31 October SOLD OUT

This event is now sold out and tickets will not be available for purchase on the door.

Explore the Museum after hours this Halloween and discover some of our scariest specimens. 

Follow the one-off Terror Trail and experience the galleries when they are eerily quiet.

For those after an especially atmospheric evening, you can add entry to Wildlife Photographer of the Year to your ticket at a discounted rate.

Visitors are encouraged to dress for the occasion and there will be prizes for the most frightening face covering.

Every ticket purchased for this event provides much-needed support to our critical work protecting the natural world. 

In line with government advice, if you're visiting with others they should be from your household or support bubble. This event is recommended for ages 12+

  • Adult: £10 or £22 with WPY

    Member: £9 with option to include WPY

Discount Member tickets

Members can purchase discount tickets for this event. Please bring your membership card with you to the event. Not a Member? Join today.

  • Important information

    Doors open at 18.30. Please check your pre-event email for your allocated entrance. Last entry is at 21.00.

    Please read the Museum safety information before the event and please do not visit the Museum if you're feeling unwell or have a temperature, consistent cough or loss of taste. 

    All visitors must wear a face covering. Any costume masks must also be compliant with safety regulations.

    Bag searches will be in operation.

    Visitors are not permitted to bring their own alcohol – any alcohol will be confiscated.

    This event for ages 12 and up.

    Drinks and bar snacks will be available in selected cafe areas. Due to the current COVID-19 regulations, all catering is by table service only.

    Visitors must bring an electronic or printed copy of their ticket.

    This event is wheelchair accessible.

    A free ticket for a carer accompanying a guest with a disability can be requested on +44 (0)20 7942 5000, Monday to Friday, 9.30-17.30, subject to availability.

    There will be no cloakroom available at this event. Please keep belongings to a minimum.   

    The event will take place across the ground floor of the Museum. 

    The Museum reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the event as required, such as adjusting the locations, timings or content of the activities. This is to ensure that we deliver a safe experience for guests at all times.

    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 photographed, please speak to a member of staff at the event.

    Ticket prices are subject to change.

  • Safety information

    The safety of our visitors and staff is our priority. Here's what we're doing to help keep everyone safe, and what you can do to help.

    Face coverings

    Face coverings must be worn inside the Museum. Read our list of exemptions.

    Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. If no tissue is available, use your elbow. 

    Social distancing

    Please follow the signposted one-way routes and respect social distancing throughout the Museum.

    Hand sanitiser stations

    Hand sanitiser is available throughout the Museum. 


    Our facilities will be cleaned throughout the day by staff.  

    Contactless payments

    Pay with contactless if possible, although cash will still be accepted.  

    Feeling unwell?

    Please do not visit the Museum if you're feeling unwell or have a temperature, consistent cough or loss of taste.   

    • Protective screens are in place at key touchpoints such as cafes, shops and information desks. Face coverings are provided to staff.
    • Some digital touch screens and hands-on exhibits will be switched off or closed, others will remain available with hand sanitiser nearby.
    • For information about cloakrooms, toilets and lifts, visit Access at South Kensington.
    • We may need to share your information with the NHS Test and Trace service if someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 lists the Museum as a place they recently visited. Read our privacy notice to find out how your information is shared and stored. If you do not want your contact details passed on to the NHS Test and Trace service, you can opt out by contacting us. Please note that your contact details will still be collected when you book your ticket so that we can provide important safety information about your visit. 
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We need your help

The Natural History Museum is a charity which relies on your support. And the Museum's role is now more important than ever. Our scientists are uncovering answers to big issues facing humanity and the planet, and together, we can tackle these challenges.

So if you could help us with a donation - no matter the size - we'd greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

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