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Try something new, do something different!

Lates: Wonder

This will be the biggest and most exciting Lates yet, as we launch our brand new interactive gallery, Wonderlab. You'll be one of the first people to explore the gallery, and to celebrate we'll be hosting a spectacular range of activities inspired by light, sound and wonder. Expect the unexpected: this Lates will look, feel and work differently than ever before!

  • - 21.30 available

What's on at Lates: Wonder

Lower Ground Floor

Optical Toys Collections, Gandolfi Room Touch, feel and examine wonderful objects from the Museum’s collection of optical toys. Limited spaces—collect your free tickets in the foyer.

The Magic Lantern Show, KK Room Experience the wonders of magic lanterns in this projection showcase of light and colour. Limited spaces—collect your free tickets in the foyer.

Sound Experiments Can you trust your eyes and ears? Do you have a 'magic eye'? Bradford College show you some of their favourite experiments.

Paint VR Jump off the flat canvas and try your hand at painting in 3D virtual space.

Tour de VR Don your VR headset and get ready to pedal, pedal, pedal as you take part in a virtual section of the Tour de Yorkshire.

Luminaries Play with art and light in this craft session—make your own luminarie to take home.

Kaleidoscopes Make yourself a funky little kaleidoscope and enjoy the simple wonders of colour and light.

Ground floor

19.30: Sounds Extreme Show, Foyer What is the worst sound in the world? Do you have the loudest or sexiest voice? Investigate sound with live experiments.

Light Bringer Stilt Walkers, Foyer Come and see The Light Bringer and let the shining, shimmering stilt walker wow you!

Dhol Drummers, Foyer High-energy drumming performances will be taking placing throughout the night.

Experimental Dessert Zone, Media Café Got a sweet tooth? Indulge yourself with freebie candy floss and nitro ice cream!

Glow Bar, Foyer Fancy a drink? Enjoy a cool cocktail from our Glow Bar (additional charge).

Feeling Peckish?, Media Café Choose from a range of hot and cold food and drink. Available from 18.30 (additional charge).

17.00–23.00: Party Time, Pictureville Bar Don’t let the fun stop! Join our party for drinks and dancing. Picturehouse will  be serving one-off cocktails and their food platters (additional charge).

Level 1

19.00: What Colour is the Moon? The Race for RGB, Cubby Broccoli Cinema Find out how the pioneers of early television tried to bring colour into the sitting room, and why NASA later used it to transmit colour broadcasts from the moon!

20.00: Top 10 Favourite Neons, Cubby Broccoli Cinema Find out what neon is, its future potential, and its surprising historical links to West Yorkshire in this talk from Richard William Wheater.

20.30: How Low Can You Go?, Cubby Broccoli Cinema What is it about deep bass lines and drops in music that makes us like them so much?

UV Painting Get your glow on with some UV face paint. Great to use in the Wonderlab UV Room!

Neon Live Demos Enjoy live neon crafting and bending demonstrations.

Credit Card UV Torch Want to read secret messages? Build your own super simple mini UV torch!

Robot Jam with Noisy Toys Meet the robot band! They'll need your help to understand music.

Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography, Gallery One Our exhibition of pinhole photography from all over the world will be open late for you to explore.

Level 2

Britain in Focus: A Photographic History, Gallery Two Our exhibition of British photography through the decades, produced in partnership with BBC Four, will be open late for you to explore.

Level 3

Wonderlab Explore our brand new interactive gallery and experience childlike fascination.

Super Sound, Wonderlab Studio Let our Explainer team show you just how super sound can be with some exciting, noisy demonstrations.

Laser Drums, TV Gallery Become a laser rock star with this mashup of light and sound technologies.

Level 5

Molecular Colour Changes Watch a live demo to see how changing the temperature of thermochromic molecules can create colourful effects.

Carousel Take part in a game that tests your ability to perceive differences in colour using a rotational chair, sensors and projection.

Games Lounge Kick back and play a range of titles from the history of gaming—from Pac-Man to Super Mario Kart! (Additional charges of 10–50p per play for some games.)

Useful information

We hope you're excited for our biggest Lates yet! Here's some need-to-know info about this very special event...

  • The Museum will be closing at 15.00 on the day.
  • Lates visitors who arrive from 17.00–18.30 can get VIP entry to Pictureville Bar—so get here early!
  • A DJ will be playing in Pictureville Bar from 17.00–23.00, so you can grab some drinks before Lates and also visit later for our afterparty.
  • You can enter the Museum foyer at 18.30, when Lates officially begins.
  • The whole Museum will be open, with events on nearly every floor. That includes the Games Lounge, for all you retro gaming fans.
  • Hot food will be served in the Media Café from 18.30, with limited supplies of free candy floss and nitro ice cream also available!


About Lates

For one night only, four times a year, we work with scientists and artists from all over the UK to bring brilliant minds together, creating a night out unlike any other. Our adults-only Lates events are upbeat and energetic: there's loads of stuff to do, from live experiments to exclusive talks.

Listen to music, have a laugh and get involved in our unique and creative activities. Then grab some food in our café or a drink in the bar, meet new people and share stories.

Lates is a free event, but booking is essential, and donations are welcome.

Lates events are suitable for ages 18+.

With thanks to

Denise Webber, Amanda Hewitt, Bradford College, Noisy Toys, Proper Cycling, We Are VR, Shirty Music, Science Made Simple, Swamp Circus, James Walker, Your Creative Brain, Neon Workshops, Bradford University, Soul Asia Academy