Lates: Great Explorers

After hours at the Museum

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

How curious are you about our world? Join us on an exploration of discovery at Lates on Friday 22 February. 

From epic sea voyages throughout history to the modern-day exploration of new environments, we are constantly in pursuit of knowledge to satisfy our curiosity and make sense of the world. 

Join our scientists as we explore new environments deep underground, uncover new species from remote areas and journey back in time to discover what life was like for Charles Darwin on HMS Beagle. 

  • 22 February 2019, 18.00-22.00

  • Free entry, no ticket required.

    Paid activities are Spirit Collection tours and temporary exhibitions.

Plan your Lates

The Great Debate at Lates

In this workshop, recreate the debate between the Museum's founder Richard Owen and Charles Darwin about the theory of evolution by natural selection.

19.00-20.00 and 20.15-21.15
Free, ticket required

In Too Deep - Nature Live

Join experienced cave diver Martin Robson as he takes us on a journey into the dark world of underwater caves. 

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

Pop-up science stations

Hang out with scientists and learn about their latest research and travel tales.

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

The Wider Earth

Follow the adventures of a young Charles Darwin in a new play featuring remarkable puppetry. 

£25 tickets for ticket bands A-C available at Lates. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Show starts 19.30

Visit exhibitions

Buy your tickets to visit Life in the Dark and Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Lates.

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.