Soak up some culture after dark with Museums at Night, as museums and galleries across London throw open their doors after hours during the three-day biannual festival.
With late-night exhibitions, Halloween-themed events, quirky workshops and torchlit tours, Museums at Night in October is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy London’s culture and history in a new, spookier light.
October 2017 Museums at Night: London highlights
- Step into Charles Dickens' Victorian home for a Halloween night of fortune-telling, magic and a haunting candlelit atmosphere. 26 Oct
- Celebrate Venetian culture through art, talks and food after hours at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace. 26 Oct
- Test your medieval knowledge with the Museum of the Order of St John's ye olde tavern quiz. 26 Oct
- Open up The National Archives' cabinet of curiosities featuring records of sorcery and spiritualism, and join in a reenactment of a 19th-century mummy-unwrapping party. 27 Oct
- Visit the Handel & Hendrix in London house by candlelight to the sound of live music. 27 Oct
- Take a Pride at Night tour of the Houses of Parliament, which tells the story of LGBT+ leaders and laws from medieval kings to today. 27 Oct
- Bring your painting to life in a short animated film at the National Gallery's The Big Draw digital workshop. 27 Oct
- Investigate why human skeletons were buried under Benjamin Franklin House. 28 Oct
- Take the family on a narrowboat trip through the Islington Tunnel after dark and hear spooky Halloween stories at the London Canal Museum. 28-29 Oct
The festival also takes place in May every year, for another weekend of late-night culture.