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Free Events in South Kensington

We have an abundance of free events in South Kensington for a great day out. From guided tours through the galleries, self-led walks, a new series of Lates events, free displays and miles of galleries covering art, science, design, natural history and so much more. 

V&A Photography Centre

Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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The Photography Centre at the V&A houses over 600 spellbinding photos including some of the oldest known photographs to modern masters. The Museum began acquiring photographs in 1852, and its collection is now one of the largest and most important in the world.

Beguiling Beni: Safflower Red in Japanese Fashion

Until 31st March
10am-5:45pm
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The Japanese dye 'beni', made from safflower petals, produces red hues and an iridescent green. This display reveals its many uses in fashion, from heel-less shoes by Noritaka Tatehana, to textiles, cosmetics and ukiyo-e woodblock prints.

Energy: Sparks from the Collection

Until 18th May 2025
10am - 6pm
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This display shines a light on the diverse kinds of energy in photography, from the hidden processes intrinsic to creating a picture, to the subjects in front of the camera.

Brian Eno for 364 More Earth Days

23rd April 2023- 21st April 2024
Serpentine
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Serpentine are working with Brian Eno on developing a new set of cards. Presenting prompts and questions, the deck aims to invite young people, adults and organisations to think differently about the planet. Be part of the conversation! Send in your answers, as well as your own questions!

Young V&A

Opens 1st July
10am-5:30pm
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Get ready to spark your creativity at Young V&A – the museum where children, young people and families can imagine, play and design. From 1 July 2023, be inspired by spaces, explore our collection and get creative. Right now, keep in touch on social.

How to Build a Low-Carbon Home

Until 10th March
10am - 6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Closing soon! How can we design our homes to respond to the climate emergency? Discover how architects are reimagining wood, stone and straw to design homes fit for the future in this free display.

Maha Ahmed: Where Worlds Meet

21st Oct - 3rd March
10am - 5pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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Maha's work takes inspiration from traditional Persian and Mughal manuscripts and classical Japanese painting, creating fantastical, imaginary worlds which draw of her personal experiences.

Quiet and Scenic Walking Routes Around South Ken

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If you’re planning your trip to South Kensington, why not take a look at our brand new walking map, created in collaboration with Footways. Get off the tube a stop early and explore London’s home of arts, science and inspiration by foot.

Leslie Linder: Decoding Beatrix Potter

Until 15th Sept
10am - 5.30pm
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On the 50th anniversary of Leslie Linder’s gift to the V&A, This display celebrates his unrivalled Beatrix Potter collection and shines a light on Linder’s contribution to our knowledge of the world-famous author and illustrator.

Springboard: Music Creators

31st Aug- 4th April 2024
10:30am– 4pm
Royal College of Music
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This FREE course allows participants to develop communication skills and creative decision-making through inspiring, practical workshops and courses that explore how music is created, eventually working towards inventing an original composition.

Outdoor Activities for Kids

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Natural History Museum
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Fun, free things to do in a park, on the street, or anywhere outdoors.

Quiet walking routes to and around South Ken

Discover South Kensington
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If you’re planning your trip to South Ken, take a look at our new walking map, created with Footways, where you can discover a range of wonderful routes to take a quiet stroll & discover our extraordinary history. Get off the tube a stop early and explore London’s home of arts, science and inspiration by foot.

Seeing Things Queerly

10am-6pm
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Follow this self-led trail to discover some of the objects on display at the Science Museum that tell stories of queer communities, experiences, and identities.

How Not to Photograph a Bulldog

25th May- 20th April 2024
10am-5:30pm
V&A
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This book display reveals how dogs have been used to teach photography, and how dog photography has developed as a discipline in its own right.

BBC World Service: The Engineers

Royal Commission for the Exhibition 1851
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Each summer, the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 holds an Albertopolis event in partnership with the BBC World Service bringing together three ground-breaking engineers and a public audience.

Thomas J Price at the V&A

Until 27th May
10am-6pm
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British artist Thomas J Price is celebrated for his arresting yet contemplative sculptures depicting everyday people. This display sets his work in dialogue with the V&A's historic collections.

Power Up

27th July 2023- 31st May 2024
10am - 5.30pm
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Immerse yourself in this hands-on gaming zone, featuring the very best video games and consoles from the past 50 years. From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just want to beat your family at Mario Kart.

The Zizi Show

25th May- 20th April 2024
10am-5:45pm
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The Zizi Show is a deepfake drag cabaret that explores the ethical problems which exist in Artificial Intelligence (AI). The display explores what AI can teach us about drag, and what drag can teach us about A.I.

Image credit: Naoya Hatakeyama, ‘Blast #5707’, 1998. © Naoya Hatakeyama

Photography Centre

Opens 25th May
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The Photography Centre is the UK’s largest space dedicated to a permanent photography collection. The newly reopened galleries will showcase the museum’s world-leading holdings and enable visitors to experience photography and its diverse histories in new ways.

'Winter Warmer' Online Talks

Various dates
6.30pm - 7.30pm
The Royal Parks
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Talks organized by the Royal Parks- Each month offers a new theme and explores a variety of topics from hidden parts of the parks to learning more about the fantastic heritage and wildlife within the parks.

Future Observatory display

20th Nov - 31st Aug 2024
10am - 5pm
Design Museum Kensington
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The first display in a new space for research at the Design Museum is now open. The Future Observatory display showcases six researchers who are confronting environmental concerns and working towards liveable futures.

CAN VIDEO GAMES BOOST YOUR MENTAL HEALTH?

18th March
7.30pm - 8.45pm
Science Museum
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In this virtual event as part of the Open Talk series, a panel of experts in the worlds of gaming and psychology will discuss the fascinating connections between gaming and the mind and will explore how video games may be able to boost our mental health.

Photosoc Exhibiton

28th Feb - 14th March
10am - 5pm
Imperial College London
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A mixed media exhibition showcasing Imperial College's Photography Society. A free exhibition held in the Blyth Gallery

Image credit: Barbara Kruger, FOREVER Installation, Courtesy the artist & Sprüth Magers Photo: T. Ohler

Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You.

1st Feb - 17th March
10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You. at Serpentine South is Kruger’s first solo institutional show in London in over twenty years. It features a unique selection of installations alongside moving image works and multiple soundscapes.