Have A Whale Of A Time At The Natural History Museum’s Lates

The Natural History Museum is launching a new series of fun late-night events for grown-ups.

The giant new whale skeleton suspended above the Hintze Hall, revealed just last week, is a captivating sight.

© The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

But the free London museum is also running a series of fab evening events for you to enjoy while you’re there. To wit:

For four nights in August they’ll be transforming the hall into a glorious cinema, screening watery films such as Jaws, Free Willy, Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid.

For crafty types, the museum is hosting a crochet workshop for you to create a cuddly whale of your very own.


If you’re partial to a bit of CSI, you’ll want to get along to their Crime Scene Live experience, giving you the chance to use real-life forensic techniques on crime scene ‘evidence’ to correctly identify the perp. (Except you can also have a beer at the same time, which is probably not standard police procedure.)

© The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London
And for those who like to plan further ahead, they’ll also be hosting their own New Year’s Eve party on… well, New Year’s Eve. You’ll be able to ‘tear up the dance floor at the silent disco, try your luck at Musical Bingo or sing along with crowd for Massaoke before counting down to midnight.’ There’s an under-the-sea theme if you fancy getting your mermaid on.

© The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

That programme in full:

August 4 Crochet Workshop
August 12 Jaws screening
August 13 Free Willy screening
August 14 Finding Nemo screening
August 15 The Little Mermaid screening
August 18 Crime Scene Live
December 31 New Year’s Eve Party

Prefer mail to whales? The Postal Museum opens at the end of July.