Date idea:

Night at the Museum

By Rosie Valentine


 2 - 3 Hours 





We can’t guarantee that any dinosaurs will come to life while there, but you never know...

During the day, museums are foreboding places, often crowded with families on weekends and troops of noisy schoolchildren the rest of the time. But once or twice a month many museums stay open late into a weekday evening, allowing you and your date the opportunity to spend a few quiet hours viewing that special photography or art exhibition you’ve been wanting to see, studying ancient relics or examining triceratops bones. Whatever your interests are, there’s a museum for every taste and plenty to talk about!

Museum nights, as they’re often called, are sometimes free, always affordable, and generally stay open until 10pm. That gives you time to grab dinner beforehand or, for you workaholics, drinks afterwards.


  • Pre-Booked Time or Tickets


  1. Choose a museum. Keep your date’s interests in mind and either choose the museum together or pick a place you know they’d like. Fine art museums generally interest everyone (who doesn’t like Picasso?), but can be boring after a while for people who aren’t great art enthusiasts. Natural history and science museums on the other hand, are less hushed, more hands-on and filled with lots of different kinds of objects to admire.
  2. If this is a first date or you are part of a new couple, then avoid anywhere too small, niche or sad. Holocaust museums are incredibly educational and moving, but difficult to have fun in. Small museums are fine as long as there’s still plenty to see (you don’t want to take a 10 minute walk around the gallery and have it be over) and niche is great if you’re positive that you’re both interested (it’s crazy, but not everyone is equally fascinated by arctic photography).
  3. If possible, choose somewhere that neither of you have ever been before!
  4. Get tickets. The only thing you need to do beforehand is purchase tickets, if possible. Some museum nights are free to attend, but if you are purchasing tickets, buy timed entry tickets far ahead of time. They’ll let you skip the line, but often sell out quickly!
  5. Enjoy! Remember that this is a date first and a cultural outing second, so choose a place that you think has the most potential for fun. The goal is to spend the evening wandering around a beautiful building filled with great conversation starters while you talk and learn more about each other. For that reason, opt out of any guided tours, including automated ones, so that you can focus on each other as well as the artwork.
  6. If you want to learn more about what you’ll be seeing ahead of time, do some online research. Feel free to impress your date with a few fun facts, but don’t overdo it or come off as a know-it-all (a decidedly unattractive feature in both sexes). At the end of the date, stop by the cafe or go somewhere nearby for drinks.

Date Tip

Museums are great places to while away a few hours anytime and the child friendly ones (such as natural history museums) are fantastic places to bring kids to.
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