Lates: Space

After hours at the Museum

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

Blast off into space for a night that's out of this world at Lates.

Join us as we celebrate 50 years since humans set foot on the Moon.

Hold 4.5-billion-year-old meteorites, take a virtual tour of the volcanoes and canyons on the surface of Mars, get up-close to a beautiful replica of Neil Armstrong's iconic Apollo spacesuit and join a talk with a live link to the Apollo Sample Curator at NASA. 

  • 26 July 2019, 18.00-22.00

Plan your Lates

Visitors talking to a scientist at a pop-up science station

Pop-up science stations

Meet our scientists and find out how to identify meteorites, see what we know about water on Mars and sniff the solar system.

18.00-21.30
Free, no ticket required

Nature Live talks

Water: a Gift from Space

We all know water is important, but where did it come from? Join Museum scientist Helena Bates to find out.

18.30-19.15
Attenborough Studio
Free

ExoMars and the Search for Life

Join Museum planetary scientist Peter Grindrod and discover how the atmosphere and climate of Mars have affected the distribution of water, ultimately controlling the habitability of the red planet.

19.45-20.30
Flett Theatre
Free

One Giant Leap

Join Museum space scientists Natasha Almeida and Caroline Smith, with a live link-up to Ryan Zeigler, the Apollo Sample Curator at NASA, and discover how we look after precious pieces of the Moon and what the future holds for lunar research.

20.45-21.30
Attenborough Studio
Free

Neil Armstrong's NASA space suit with US flag

See a spacesuit

Join presenter Dallas Campbell and see a replica of Neil Armstrong's iconic A7L Apollo spacesuit, made by artist and replica spacesuit maker Ryan Nagata.

Free, Hintze Hall

Mission to Mars

Code a Martian rover using LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 robotics sets and traverse a large-scale replica of the surface of Mars.

Free, drop-in, 18.30-21.30
Zoology spirit building

Cassini mission image of Saturn

Cosmic chill-out zone

See the Marine Invertebrates gallery transform into an audiovisual exploration of space. Enjoy images, footage and sound recordings from NASA missions.

Drop-in, 18.00-21.30
Free

three woman chatting together with one holding a drink

Science bar

Grab a drink and have a chat with scientists about their fascinating work. 

Drop-in, 19.00-21.30
 

Yellowknife Bay Formation on Mars

Take a tour of Mars

Join Joel Davis on a virtual tour of the Martian surface. Discover landmarks and find out where scientists want to visit in the future.

Images of Nature gallery
Free

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

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Access at South Kensington

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