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Museum Lates: Late Night Opening at London’s Free Museums and Galleries

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.

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

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Tuesday

British Library

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

 

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Wednesday

British Library

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

Science Museum

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.

National Army Museum

The National Army Museum is open until 8pm on the first Wednesday of the month

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Thursday

National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery is open until 9pm on Thursday and Friday.  Their Late Shift programme features talks, live music, films and performance.

Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel art gallery is open until 9pm on Thursday.

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 of the art bus tours or a walking map.

Wellcome Collection

The Wellcome Collection is open until 10pm on Thursday.

British Library

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




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Friday

Tate Modern

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

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.

Special Friday Lates
Special themed events are held on certain Fridays throughout the year with music, workshops and talks.




National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery is open until 9pm on Thursday and Friday. Their Late Shift programme features talks, live music, films and performance.

V&A

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

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

Wellcome Collection

First Friday of the month – the Wellcome Collection is open until 10pm for performances, workshops and discussions.

Design Museum

First Friday of the month – the Design Museum is open until 8pm. Last admission 7pm.

Tate Britain

There’s a Late at Tate at the Tate Britain on the first Friday of the month, every two months (2018 dates: 6 April, 1 June, 3 August, 5 October, 7 December). Music, discussions and hands-on activities. From 6pm–10pm.

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Saturday

Tate Modern

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

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Last updated: 22 January 2018