The brilliant Museums at Night festival is back again from Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th May 2015, with hundreds of exciting after-hours events taking place at museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites across the UK. Here’s a small selection of unusual evenings at some of London’s museums – including quiz nights, outdoor movie showings, games and performances.
As part of the Museums at Night festival, The Museum of the Order of St John at St John’s Gate Clerkenwell are hosting a traditional pub quiz in the Museum’s beautiful historic rooms. The Jerusalem Tavern will be selling a range of beverages and bar snacks whilst the quiz master tests your team’s general knowledge! The Museum Galleries will be open to the public until 6:30pm when the bar opens and the quiz will begin at 7pm.
Age range: 18+
Tickets: Must be purchased in advance and cost £5pp, teams are restricted to a maximum of 8 people. Tickets are available from the Museum, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or, call 020 7324 4005.
Museum of the Order of St John
St John’s Gate St John’s Lane
For Museums at Night festival, take this opportunity to enjoy a relaxed stroll through the fascinating exhibits of the Wellcome Collection – the free destination for the incurably curious. There are two intriguing temporary exhibitions to discover: Forensics: the Anatomy of Crime and The Institute of Sexology. The new Wellcome Kitchen restaurant will also be open, so why not enjoy dinner and a drink?
Age range: Everyone
183 Euston Road London
Part of the Museums at Night festival. On Thursday 14th May take this special chance to discover the historic interior of Dr Johnson’s eighteenth-century townhouse, after hours. Visit all four floors of the House before enjoying a complimentary glass of wine and spend a spring evening as Johnson himself would have done in his atmospheric Withdrawing Room. The entire House will remain open for visitors to view the displays relating to Johnson, his contemporaries and literary London. Usual admission charges apply (includes a complimentary glass of wine)
Age range: Everyone
Children (16 and under): £1.50
Family (2 parents and children): £10
As part of their Partners scheme, members of the National Trust are entitled to a 50% discount upon showing their membership cards.
Dr Johnson’s House
17 Gough Square
City of London
at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Check out the Banqueting House late night opening and visit the last remaining part of Whitehall Palace, previously the largest royal residence in Europe. Grab a drink from the bar* in King James I’s drinking den and enjoy under the magnificent Rubens ceiling. Explore the highs and lows of the Stuart monarchy through various talks, question time sessions and even discuss courtly life with Charles I and Henrietta Maria!
*cash bar only
Age range: 14+ (Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult)
Not suitable for children
Under 16: Free
Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event or booked in advance at http://www.hrp.org.uk/BanquetingHouse/TicketsAndPrices
For the night owls amongst you. Come visit the Grant Museum of Zoology for a very special late opening of the new Strange Creatures: the art of unknown animal exhibition. Join the bats, aardvarks, hedgehogs and other nocturnal specimens. Animals have been presented in bizarre and the incredible ways, come take another look at the natural world with this film night, late opening, open mic night, talks and drawing sessions. Enjoy an evening of art, performance, games and live taxidermy over a glass of wine or beer to take another look at the natural world.
Age range: Everyone
Tickets: This event is free but needs to be booked in advance http://strangecreatureslate.eventbrite.co.uk with limited number of tickets available at the door.
Grant Museum of Zoology
University College London
London WC1E 6DE