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Dickens by candlelight, a Tottenham takeover and waxworks: this week’s best museum lates

Posted at 4:15 pm, March 25, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Music & Nightlife, Technology, Transport

Looking for a dash of post-work cultural excitement this week? Well an array of museums are on hand with evening events to keep you entertained and teach you a thing or two. Here are seven of the best on offer for your perusal.


RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) – Late Tuesday: High Tech
Tuesday March 25:  6pm-10pm

A comprehensive look into the world of hi-tech architecture. Charting the movement from its 1970s origins to the present day, this exhibition looks at the ways in which modern design principles have helped to shape our world, focussing on British architectural wonders around the world. More info can be found at architecture.com.

Science Museum

Science Museum: Transport’s impact on our past, present and future
Wednesday March 26: 6.45pm-10pm

This month’s Science Museum late focuses on transport, its important role in history, how integral it is in our lives today and how it will develop in the future. Here’s hoping for a hover car revelation! Also on offer will be the usual silent disco, live musical performances and Punk Science comedy shows. More info at sciencemuseum.org.

Charles Dickens Museum by candlelight

Charles Dickens Museum – Museum by candlelight
Wednesday March 26: 6.40pm

Are you a Dickens devotee? Well the Charles Dickens Museum is offering a chance to immerse yourself in the world of the great writer in a candlelit tour of his beautifully restored former residence. You’ll be able to see the desk where Dickens penned classics from ‘Oliver Twist’ to ‘A Christmas Carol’ and given that the writer favoured writing by candlelight, this is as close as you’ll get to witnessing the wordsmith’s creative process. More info at dickensmuseum.com.

Madame Tussauds Lates©insapphowetrust

Madame Tussauds – First ever Madame Tussauds Late
Wednesday March 26: 6.45pm (last entry 7.30pm) 

The world famous waxwork museum is opening its doors after hours for the first time, allowing a limited number of guests to gaze upon models of some of the world’s most famous stars. From rock gods to Hollywood’s red carpet royalty, guests will also receive an exclusive look at the work that goes into creating such wax wonders. More info can be found at timeout.com/things-to-do.

V&A Tottenham Takeover

V&A Museum – Tottenham Takeover
Friday March 28: 6.30pm-10pm

Tottenham’s premier creatives come together to takeover the V&A for the next Mastercard Friday Late. Showcasing the area’s vibrant art scene, there will be music, architecture, maps, choirs, film fashion, workshops, debates, food stalls and more. More info at timeout.com/things-to-do.

Natural History Museum - Homo sapiens vs Neanderthals

Natural History Museum – Homo Sapiens vs Neanderthals
Friday March 28: 7pm-9pm

An interactive exhibition focussing on why homo sapiens survived when neanderthals perished. This event looks at the physical differences between our distant relatives and how we may have changes in the climate to thank for existing today. More info can be found at nhm.ac.uk.

Natural History Museum Lates

Natural History Museum – Mastercard’s Friday Night Late
Friday March 28: 6pm-10.30pm

For the latest instalment of its Friday Night Lates, the Natural History Museum opens its doors for an evening of live music and a host of exhibitions available for night-time perusal, such as ‘Britain: One Million Years Of the Human Story‘. Alongside the shows, there will be pop-up restaurants, bars, speed sketching and an open mic in the museum’s central hall under the watchful eye of Dippy the Diplodocus.  More info at nhm.ac.uk.

For more of London’s best museum attractions, visit timeout.com/museums.

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