Museums at Night - October 2017

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Museums at Night: Horniman conservatory. Photo: Ludodes Cognets
Explore museums, galleries and heritage sites after hours and enjoy a host of spooky events, themed talks and immersive workshops late into the evening. Read More


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

Find more Museums at Night events in London this October, and take a look at what else is on this Halloween in London.

The festival also takes place in May every year, for another weekend of late-night culture.



Some Museums at Night events and admissions are free, while many require a paid-for ticket.

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