Great exhibitions in South Kensington

Mingle with colourful butterflies, see extraordinary art, find out about the history of underwear, explore the fashion of three royal women, enjoy the unsung hero's of engineering and so much more.

Beazley Designs of the Year

24th Nov- 19th Feb 2017
10-5pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Beazley Designs of the Year celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year. Someday the other museums will be showing this stuff.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

21st Oct til 10th Sept 2017
Natural History Museum
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From intimate portraits to dramatic landscapes, see how photographers' passion for the natural world produces startling images. This year’s competition attracted almost 50,000 entries.

Silver Speaks

On until 2nd July 2017
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This display highlights the work of Contemporary British Silversmiths. It includes some of the best silversmiths practising in Britain today.

Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care

On until 15th Jan
Science Museum
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Commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and the huge medical and human impact of wounding during and beyond the First World War.

You say you want a revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970

On til 26th Feb 2017
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Exploring the impact of the late 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music & performances of the 20th century with fashion, film, design and political activism.

Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery

On til 5th Feb 2017
V&A
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This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see an outstanding range of surviving examples in one place. Some of the embroideries have not been seen in Britain since they were produced.

Engineer your future

On until 16th December 2017
Science Museum
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Find out if you’ve got the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills to be a globe-trotting engineer of tomorrow.

Zaha Hadid; Early Paintings and Drawings

On til 12th Feb 2017
Serpentine Galleries
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An exhibition of paintings and the rarely seen drawings of the pioneering and visionary architect Zaha Hadid. The show reveals her all-encompassing visions of arranging space and interpreting realities.

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Lucy Raven: Edge of Tomorrow

On til 12th Feb 2017
Serpentine Galleries
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Lucy Raven’s work focuses on the marginal spaces at the edges of image production. This shift of focus encourages interrogation of the kind of imagery that has become all too familiar.

Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World

On until 23rd April 2017
10-5pm
Design Museum Kensington
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The first exhibition in the Design Museum's new home presents eleven new installations by some of the most innovative and thought-provoking designers and architects working today.

Our Lives in Data

On until 29th
Science Museum
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Visit Our Lives in Data to uncover some of the diverse ways our data is being collected, analysed and used - discover new tools to protect your data.

Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London

On til 30th April
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Explore the life, work and lasting impact of John Lockwood Kipling (1837 – 1911), an artist, writer, museum director, teacher, conservationist and influential figure in the Arts and Crafts movement.

Collecting Europe

1-7th Feb
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As the debate about the future of Europe continues, the Goethe-Institut and the V&A have commissioned 12 artists from around the world to imagine what Europe might look like 2,000 years from now, and how our present might be viewed from the future.

Robots

8th Feb - 3rd Sep 2017
Science Museum
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Robots will explore the 500-year story of humanoid robots and the artistic and scientific quest to understand what it means to be human. Featuring over 100 robots, from a 16th-century mechanical monk to robots from science fiction and modern-day research labs.

Diana: Her Fashion Story

Opens 24th Feb 2017
Kensington Palace
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Twenty years on from Diana, Princess of Wales' death, a new exhibition and temporary garden celebrating her life will be opened at Kensington Palace, her home for over 15 years.

Sensational Butteflies

Opens 31st March
Natural History Museum
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Escape the bustle of the city and bring the whole family to enjoy the beauty of Sensational Butterflies, returning to the Natural History Museum for the Easter holidays.

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Priz Pictet

Opens 6th May
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The Prix Pictet is recognised as the world’s leading prize for photography. Now in its seventh cycle, the theme for this years prize is 'Space'. Twelve photographers have been shortlisted and their work will be exhibited in the V&A’s Porter Gallery.

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

Opens 13th May 2017
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Experience an unprecedented, innovative and multi-sensory journey through Pink Floyd's extraordinary worlds, chronicling the music, design and staging of the band, from their debut to the present day.

Whales: Beneath the Surface

Opens 14th July
Natural History Museum
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Dive deeper into the mysterious world of this group of mammals in a new summer family exhibition. Explore the remarkable bodies of the largest creatures to have lived on earth, and how they are much more similar to us than you may think.

Photography

Crossing the Empty Quarter

On until 2nd Feb
10am-5pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Photographs, film, maps and memorabilia from the first expedition across the Rub al Khali by Bertram Thomas in 1930 and the second by Mark Evans in 2015.

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

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Mathematics is too often perceived as dry and complex, but this new gallery will tell stories that place the subject at the heart of our lives, exploring how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped to shape the modern world.

Human Evolution

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Meet your ancient relatives, trace the origins and evolution of our species, and explore what makes us human.

Europe 1600-1815

Daily
V&A
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Show casing over 1100 objects from the V&A’s collections of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design in a suite of seven galleries.