Science Museum Lates: Zombie Lab
Late night themed events have become a popular fixture on the Science Museum’s calendar since they kicked off 4 years ago, and January’s ZombieLab was no different. Enticed by the theme, I thought it was about time I went to check one out. I wasn’t the only one either: over 5000 paranormal enthusiasts entered through the doors of the South Kensington institution to explore the world of the undead.
There was a constant flow of people between all 5 floors of the museum; the only down-sides were the queues for the bar and the silent disco. However, the event boasted 28 different activities for the night, so there was plenty to choose from. Entertainment ranged from talks on galvanic reanimation and the philosophy of consciousness, to a zombie dance class and fashion parade. It even included campaigns and debates over zombie rights. A make-up station on the way in ensured that everyone looked the part.
Rachel Boon, Assistant Curator at the museum, described Science Museum Lates as targeted at the 18-35’s, an elusive demographic for museums. The crowd spoke for itself, creating a lively atmosphere. It was easy to understand why the night held such wide appeal.
The creation of an adult only evening is great: You can enjoy the exhibitions in your own time, without screaming children coming between you and the interactive stuff you’ve always wanted to play with. Events such as speed dating and the pub quiz are regular features, and what better way to broaden your education than with a beer in hand?
SM Lates are held on the last Wednesday of every month (18:45-22:00). Among the next are: Security and Surveillance; Electroshock and Torture; and Climate Science. Exhibitions are continued in regular opening hours, so if you miss a future SM Late, I would definitely recommend checking it out in the safety of daylight. #ZOLO