Explore Love In The Animal Kingdom After-Hours At The Natural History Museum

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Last Updated 29 January 2024

Explore Love In The Animal Kingdom After-Hours At The Natural History Museum

This is a sponsored article on behalf of the Natural History Museum.

Anyone who's used a dating app in the past decade has probably received at least one cringe-inducing chat-up line. But even the most out-there of openers has nothing on the wonderfully weird ways some other species go about attracting a mate.

This Valentine's Day, you've got the chance to learn all about this, at a Museum Late exploring love in the animal kingdom. Head to the Natural History Museum in South Kensington from 6.45pm on Wednesday 14 February for expert talks, tours, and lots more after-hours antics.

Valentine's at the Museum is a chance to explore the galleries away from the usual daytime crowds, gain fascinating insights into animal relationships, and — if you like — indulge in a bit of romance yourself. Be serenaded by a live harpist and the London-based LGBT+ choir Pink Singers, enjoy a drink from the well-stocked bar — or even woo that special someone with the help of a poet-for-hire.

It's not just a unique date night idea though; there's plenty of non-lovey-dovey stuff to please lone wolves and groups of friends. That includes the chance to go behind-the-scenes at the Natural History Museum's fascinating Spirit Collection. Here, an expert science educator will introduce you to some of the many animal specimens preserved in spirit and housed here. These include a 8.62-metre-long giant squid and specimens collected by Charles Darwin himself.

What's more, all tickets include entry to the acclaimed Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and the chance to discover rarely-glimpsed aspects of animal behaviour. Couple that with special science stations and many of the exhibits that make up the Natural History Museum's permanent collection, and you're guaranteed an eye-opening evening, to say the least.

But, wait — there's lots more! Like beginner dance classes by Pineapple Studios, a Valentine's collage-making workshop with Goose Glitters, and the opportunity to immortalise your evening with a free digital photo from Magic Memories.

Tickets to Valentine's at the Museum cost £35 — or £52 if you opt for the Spirit Collection Tour. Get yours here.

Valentine's at the Museum runs 6.45pm-10.30pm on Wednesday 14 February at the Natural History Museum in Kensington. Book ahead.