Great exhibitions in South Kensington

Great exhibitions in South Kensington, London. Experience a multi-sensory journey through Pink Floyd's extraordinary world, see contemporary art, marvel at stunning wildlife photography, explore the fashion of Princess Diana, walk amongst butterflies, dive deep into the world of whales, explore the celebrated world of plywood and so much more.

Into the Woods: Trees in Illustration

On until 23rd Jan 2018
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Many children's stories and fairy tales take place in a wood or forest. This display shows a variety of illustrations featuring trees and wooded landscapes, with watercolours by Beatrix Potter alongside drawings by E H Shepard for A A Milne's Pooh stories and his verses in Now We are Six.

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.

Whales: Beneath the Surface

On until 28th Feb 2018
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.

California

24th May - 15th Oct
Design Museum Kensington
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While California’s mid-century modernism is well documented, this is the first exhibition to examine its current global reach. Picking up the story in the 1960s, the exhibition charts the journey from the counterculture to Silicon Valley’s tech culture.

Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World

22nd June - Nov 17
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Kensington Palace
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Enlightened Princesses tells the fascinating story of three German princesses who, through their wide-ranging interests and marriage into the British royal family, played pivotal roles in the age of enlightenment in Britain.

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Serpentine Pavilion

On until 8th Oct
Serpentine Galleries
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Diébédo Francis Kéré, the award-winning architect from Burkino Faso, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 - a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens.

Designing the V&A

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Designing the V&A explores through drawings and photographs the history of the V&A's buildings, from the 1850s to the present day. It highlights the architects, artists, designers and engineers who created the Museum.

Hella Jongerius: Breathing Colour

28th Jun-24th Sept
Design Museum Kensington
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Drawing on years of research, designer Hella Jongerius presents Breathing Colour; an installation-based exhibition that takes a deeper look at the way colour behaves, exploring shapes, materials, shadows and reflections.

Plywood: Material of the Modern World

15th July - 12th Nov
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Light, strong, affordable and versatile, plywood is the unlikely material behind a surprising array of groundbreaking designs that will be celebrated this world-first exhibition. More than 120 objects will be brought together in an exploration of how the product has helped create the modern world.

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.

Diana: Her Fashion Story

On until 2018
Kensington Palace
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Twenty years on from Diana, Princess of Wales' death, a new exhibition and temporary garden celebrating her life have opened at Kensington Palace, her home for over 15 years.

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The Art of British Natural History

Natural History Museum
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This art exhibition celebrates the unique nature on our shores. With over 70,000 documented species, the British Isles have a diverse and distinctive natural history. Admire artworks of some of Britain's most iconic species.

Final Weeks

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

Extended til 15th Oct
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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.

Building of the Royal Albert Hall

6th May - 7th Jan 2018
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2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Royal Albert Hall’s creation. This display, supported by the Royal Albert Hall, explores the fascinating story of the Hall’s design through a variety of historic models, photographs and casts. Gallery 127

London Design Festival

16th-24th Sept
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As the festival hub, the V&A will house a broad range of specially-commissioned installations and displays around the Museum by some of the world’s most exciting designers, as well as a huge programme of events including talks, tours and workshops.

Torbjørn Rødland: The Touch That Made You

29th Sept - 19th Nov
Serpentine Galleries
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Torbjørn Rødland is a Los Angeles-based photographer who creates portraits, still lives and landscapes, which simultaneously inhabit, defamiliarise and disrupt the realm of the everyday.

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

30th Sept 2017 - 25th Feb 2018
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This is the first exhibition in the breathtaking new Sainsbury Gallery Together the V&A and the Royal Opera House present a landmark exhibition exploring a vivid story of opera from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day.

Illuminating India

4 Oct to 31 Mar 2018
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This autumn there will be season of exhibitions and events dedicated to the people, culture and skills of India. The programme will centre on two exhibitions celebrating the country's rich culture and history of innovation.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Opens 20th Oct 2017
Natural History Museum
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The exhibition of 100 images records the beauty and drama of the natural world, from tiny insects to massive mammals. This year's competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 92 countries.

Venom: Killer and Cure

Opens 10th Nov 2017
Natural History Museum
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Venom will take visitors on a journey through the eyes of both predator and prey, exploring the effects caused by venomous attacks and the attempt to scientifically measure the power that venom holds.

Ferrari: Under the Skin

15th Nov - 15th April 2018
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Design Museum Kensington
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A major exhibition marking the 70th anniversary of Ferrari, celebrating one of the great adventures of the industrial age. A behind-the-scenes look at the design, manufacturing and engineering of one of the most iconic car brands on the planet.

Rosie Wylie

29th Nov - 4th Feb
Serpentine Galleries
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Rose Wylie finds visual material for her large-scale paintings in a wide range of sources: from art history, cinema and comic books, to daily observations, news and celebrity stories.

Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic

9th Dec 2017 - 8th April 2018
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This multi-sensory and playful exhibition explores the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh - one of the most adored fictional characters of all time. Includes sketches, proofs, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion.

Ocean Liners

3rd Feb - 10th June 2018
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Experience a unique journey through the design stories of the world's greatest ocean liners, including the Titanic, Normandie, the Queen Mary and the Canberra, and discover how these impressive vessels still loom large in our cultural imagination.

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Imperial Festival 2018

28th-29th April
12pm - 5pm
Imperial College London
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Make a date with discovery at Imperial Festival - a free weekend of exciting science, new technology, live music, fascinating talks, creative workshops and tasty freshly cooked grub!

Wade Guyton: Das New Yorker Atelier, Abridged

29th Sept - 4th Feb 2018
Serpentine Galleries
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American artist Wade Guyton uses digital technologies – iPhones, cameras, computers and consumer-grade Epson printers – as tools to create both large-scale paintings on linen and smaller compositions on paper.

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

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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
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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.