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Museum Lates at London’s Free Museums and Galleries

Last updated: 15 September 2021

Most major free London museums and galleries are open late at least one evening a week. Some are open later than normal, others have a themed event or adult evening.

Coronavirus/Covid: Not many have yet resumed late opening/museum lates.

Look out for last admission time. It could be up to 1 hour before closing.

Monday
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Friday
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Tuesday

British Library

The Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery is open until 8pm on Tuesday. Last admission 7pm.

 

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Wednesday

Science Museum

Temporarily suspended

Last Wednesday of the month – the Science Museum holds an over-18’s themed Lates evening from 6.45pm–10pm. Events relate to that month’s theme. Regular events include live music, DJ’s and bars on each floor, a pub quiz and silent disco.

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Thursday

Whitechapel Gallery

Temporarily suspended
Whitechapel art gallery is open until 9pm on Thursday for their special late events including films talks and performances.

First Thursday

First Thursday of the month – around 150 art galleries in east London open late for First Thursday. Events, exhibitions and talks. See the Whitechapel Gallery for details.

Wellcome Collection

Temporarily suspended
The Wellcome Collection is open until 10pm on Thursday.

British Library

The Treasures Gallery is open until 8pm on Tuesday and Thursday. Last admission 7pm.

 




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Friday

Tate Modern

Temporarily suspended

The Tate Modern is open until 10pm on Friday and Saturday. Last admission 9.30pm.

On the last Friday of the month (except December), there’s Uniqlo Tate Lates. A special late night opening with DJ’s, films and special events.

British Museum

Temporarily suspended
Selected galleries in the British Museum are open until 8.30pm on Friday. There are free 20-minute tours of some galleries.

National Gallery

The National Gallery is open until 9pm on Friday.

V&A

The V&A is open until 10pm every Friday.

Last Friday of the month (except March & December) is the Friday Late a special themed evening with events, activities, talks and tours. 6.30pm–10pm. Resumes 24 September 2021!

Design Museum

The Design Museum is open until 9pm. Last admission 8pm. Please note that the free part of the museum is curently closed. It reopens on 18 September 2021.

Tate Britain

There’s a Late at Tate at the Tate Britain on the first Friday of the month, every two months. Music, discussions and hands-on activities. From 6pm–10pm.

Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel art gallery is open until 9pm on Friday for their special late events including films talks and performances.

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Saturday

Tate Modern

The Tate Modern is open until 10pm on Friday and Saturday. Last admission 9.30pm.

Design Museum

The Design Museum is open until 9pm. Last admission 8pm. Please note that the free part of the museum is curently closed. It reopens on 18 September 2021.

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