Fun things to do with kids in South Kensington

Looking for fun things to do with the kids in London? Explore and experiment - interactive activities for families - music, science, arts, performance, film, parks, playgrounds, simulators and so much more.

Bibliothèque Quentin Blake

10am-9.30pm
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The children's library has reopened providing children with easy access to a wide range of interactive resources.

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Wednesday–Sunday
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
Science Museum
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Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways.

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Dinosaur Trail

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Are you big on museums, but short on time? NHM's knowledgeable visitor assistants have designed just the dinosaurs tour for you. It will introduce you to some of the Museum's most famous and imposing specimens. One hour

RCM Sparks

Various
Royal College of Music
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From babies to teens, RCM Sparks run a variety of inspiring events for a range of abilities, including family workshops, concerts and courses

Typhoon Force

Daily
10.15am - 5pm
Science Museum
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Fuel your adrenaline and feel what it's like to fly a low level mission in the RAF's latest Typhoon jet. Our new simulator takes you on an action-packed flight, demonstrating the aircraft's manoeuvrability through the beautiful landscapes of North Wales and the Lake District.

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Go back in time with My Dino Mission AR

Free downloadable app
Natural History Museum
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Combining the latest augmented reality technology with STEM skills, children can recognise a dinosaurs’ species, what it eats, likes and needs to survive. Young explorers can care for and capture fun photos of themselves interacting with their new dinosaur friend in the backdrop of their home or back garden. Age 7-10

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V&A trail: Explore as a family

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V&A
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Are you ready to go on an adventure? This trail takes you on a journey through V&A galleries, exploring some of the incredible cultures and traditions you can see. You will discover objects that are hundreds of years old, uncover secret meanings behind animals and colour in art, and learn about some of the wonders of the museum, from an emperor's throne to dragons, from plaster casts to wigs!

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Energy Hall

Wednesday–Sunday:
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Trace the remarkable story of steam and how it shaped the world we live in today. Steam has been the driving force behind British industry for 300 years. Without it, the Industrial Revolution could never have happened. Even now, steam provides 75% of the electricity we use every day.

Free

Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries

Daily
10-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Showcasing extraordinary medical artefacts including the world’s first MRI scanner, Fleming’s penicillin mould, a professional pianist’s prosthetic arm and even robotic surgery equipment.

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3D Red Arrows

Daily
10.20am-5pm
Science Museum
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With stunning high definition 3D vision and flight simulator motion technology, you can see and feel for yourself what it’s like in the cockpit of a Red Arrow.

Free

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

Wednesday–Sunday:
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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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.

Dippy's Naturenauts

Natural History Museum
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Welcome, naturenauts! Are you ready for an adventure? Grab your phone or tablet to explore the nature on your doorstep.

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Family Favourites

Wed-Sun & Mon 31 August
11am-5:30pm (last entry 5pm)
Natural History Museum
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Get up close with nature, discover fascinating creatures and intriguing science with these top tips for family visits and a self-guided tour. Can't make it to the Museum? There are still plenty of ways to get involved online with live talks, dinosaur crafts and ways to explore nature in your local area

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Investigate for Families

Daily
Mon-Fri 4pm-5:15pm; School hols 10:30-4:30pm
Natural History Museum
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Get a feel for how scientists work by having a go yourself. Come and explore hundreds of real nature specimens that form the evidence museum scientists use in their daily work.

Princess Diana Memorial fountain

Daily
Hyde Park
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A unique fountain memorial to Princess Diana designed to reflect her spirit of life and love of children.

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Mammals

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Explore the rich diversity of mammals, from polar bears to pygmy shrews in the Mammals gallery. -

Pattern Pod

Daily
Science Museum
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Pattern Pod is an amazing multi-sensory area for children under 8 years old. Fun, interactive exhibits encourage them to recognise and copy patterns.

The Garden

Open from 11.15 am
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The Garden is an exciting interactive space, created especially for children aged 3–6 and their parents and carers in the basement of the Museum.

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Princess Diana Memorial Playground

Daily
During winter/spring 6am-7:45pm
Kensington Gardens
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Explore and have a great adventure in the playground with a huge wooden pirate ship which is the centrepiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground.

Saturday classes for Kids at Imperial

Saturdays
Imperial College London
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Based at Imperial College London, a unique Saturday science tuition featuring specialists in science education and highly qualified scientists.

Ciné Kids

Various
Institut français
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Ciné Kids screenings cater to children aged 4 and over – and their families – so they can discover the best animated films. In English, French or French with subtitles. Including Despicable Me and Paddington.

Under the sea 3D (U)

Dates & Times vary
Science Museum
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Narrated by Jim Carrey and using incredible 3D technology, Under the Sea will leap off the screen and take you on a fascinating journey to discover the mysteries of the ocean floor.

Free

Who Am I?

Open Daily
Science Museum
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Explore the science of who you are through intriguing objects, provocative artworks and hands-on exhibits. Discover what your voice sounds like as a member of the opposite sex, morph your face to see what you’ll look like as you age, or collect DNA to catch a criminal.

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A Beautiful Planet 3D (U)

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Experience Earth like never before in a breath-taking portrait of the planet captured from the International Space Station on the biggest screen in Europe. See fantastic images of the Earth from the Space Station and gain a new understanding of how wonderful and unique our planet is.

Free

Making the Modern World

Wednesday-Sunday
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
Science Museum
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Chart 250 years of science and technology and discover some of the most iconic items that have shaped our society. The Making the Modern World gallery presents some of the Museum’s most remarkable objects.

Dinosaurs

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Explore the different time periods dinosaurs lived, sort the facts from the myths about why they died out, and find out what our scientific research has taught us about these prehistoric giants.

Cocoon

Daily
Monday-Sunday 10am-5:50pm (last entry 5pm)
Natural History Museum
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Inside the Cocoon see hundreds of Museum specimens. Marvel at beetles and butterflies, metre-high plants, huge tarantulas and historic herbaria.

Volcanoes & Earthquakes

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Through dramatic film footage, exhibits, interactive games and our famous earthquake simulator, explore how the powers within shape the world in which we live.

Free
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Explorer Trail

Daily
Design Museum Kensington
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The trail will include creative looking, thinking and drawing activities as you explore the museum and exhibitions. The trail asks the user to consider what it's like to be a designer, maker and user of some of the wonderful objects in the collection. Takes 30 - 40 minutes.

Space Descent with Tim Peake

Daily
Science Museum
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As the European Space Agency's first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station. Using VR technology, get a 360° look inside a Soyuz capsule and retrace Tim's 400km journey back to Earth from the ISS.

Explore the Galleries

Natural History Museum
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From dinosaurs to mammals, explore the amazing diversity of life on Earth. Follow our planet's evolution and walk beneath a 25.2-metre blue whale skeleton. Take a journey through our spectacular Earth sculpture and find out about the tremendous forces that shape our planet. See scientists at work in the Darwin Centre and enjoy the tranquil habitats of our Wildlife Garden.

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Destination Space Family Show

Dates and times vary
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Help to explode some rocket-fuelled bubbles, melt some marshmallows, and learn all about the challenges of space in this free interactive family show. This show is suitable for children aged 5 and above.

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Discovery Motion Theatre: Legend of Apollo

Dates and times vary
Science Museum
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Based on the Apollo lunar landings, this film's exceptional 3D computer animation will fly you to the moon, where you can experience the sights and sounds of an Apollo expedition.

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Fly Kids

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Fly Kids is a pay-as-you-go flight simulator that lets your child experience the sights and sounds of flying with the Red Arrows during one of their aerobatic displays.

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V&A Secret Seekers

Online
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Set off on a treasure hunt to unlock the secrets of the museum hidden in its walls. Meet a cast of characters, collect gems and reveal the museum's secrets!

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Movies

Films in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall

From 25 May 2022
Times vary
Royal Albert Hall
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Experience cinema’s most iconic films with the score performed live by an orchestra in the spectacular surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall.

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Tours

Out-of-hours Dinotours

Fri 7 Jan - Sat 29 Jan 2022
9am - 9:45am
Natural History Museum
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Have you ever wondered what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur, what they really looked like and why we continue to study them today? Book a Dinotour with one of the Museum's knowledgeable tour guides to get up close and personal with all the main characters in their world-famous Dinosaurs gallery.

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Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination

6 Oct 2022 - 4 May 2023
Wed-Sun 10am-6pm
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Early bird offer for this immersive, genre-defying exhibition. You will embark on a once-in-a-life-time adventure through the cosmos to explore visions of the future through the science of today.

IMAX: The Ronson Theatre

Daily
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Book your ticket now to watch this fully immersive IMAX experience on one of the biggest screens in the UK. The newly revamped IMAX cinema is now one of only two screens in Europe to feature the very best of digital and analogue cinema on one screen. Visitors can enjoy BBC Earth’s Antarctica 3D; A Beautiful Planet 3D; and Hubble 3D,

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Screenprinting Amy Winehouse

Thur 17 February
10am-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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This half-term, introduce your young people to the world of screen printing in this workshop with designer Georgia Bosson to design and screen print a tote bag inspired by the Amy: Beyond the Stage exhibition. Suitable for School Years 7 – 9.

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What you can do to help the planet: an illustrated guide

Online
Natural History Museum
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The future of humanity depends on the natural world. But we are facing a planetary emergency. We're losing green spaces, animals and plants to deforestation, exploitation, urbanisation and global warming. But hope isn't lost. If we act together, we can make a  positive difference. Here's how to do your bit to protect nature.

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Storytelling and Music Sessions for 0-4 year olds

Tues 1 February – Thurs 21 April 2022
10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Seasoned storytellers Paul Rubinstein, Samantha Sutherland and Becky Dixon deliver a series of sessions for babies and toddlers, aiming to engage and encourage interaction between parents/carers and their little ones using musical instruments, singing, movement and stories.

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Opera for Kids - Amazing Arias

Wed 16 February 2022
11am, 1:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Opera for Kids provides the perfect setting for little ears and families to enjoy an operatic performance in a relaxed environment. Performed by members of Albert’s Band, this concert features a carefully selected ‘proper’ classical repertoire but presented in a relaxed environment for children to express themselves, with no expectation to stay still or be quiet.

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Albert's Band: Movie Magic

Tues 15 February 2022
12:00pm, 2:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Join the Royal Albert Hall’s very own Engagement ensemble, Albert’s Band, on an action packed journey through the world of film music. this band of fun-loving musicians will present an interactive concert of movie music, featuring Bernstein’s iconic West Side Story alongside Disney classics and many others. Expect lots of fun and games for all the family to join in.

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Half-term

Children & Families at the Royal Albert Hall

From Tue 1 February 2022
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Christmas
Dance

The Nutcracker

Wed 28 – Sat 31 December 2022
12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm
Royal Albert Hall
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It’s not Christmas without The Nutcracker! Created exclusively for the Royal Albert Hall, with gorgeous period costumes and dazzling projections, this Christmas classic is brought to life by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s world-class dancers and orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia..

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French Club for Ages 4-7

Sat 29 January; Sat 26 February; Sat 26 March 2022
11am
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Let’s join the French Club! Through storytelling, singing, board-games or even iPad games, your little ones will discover the beautiful French language and start to learn how to understand and speak it. Great for ages 4-7.

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Free

February Half-Term: Operation Earth

Mon 14 - Thurs 20 February
11am-4pm
Natural History Museum
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Make your way to the Darwin Centre for the Natural History Museum's Operation Earth, and explore Earth's environmental and climate challenges in their free half-term family activities. with games, shows and events, that inspire on the themes of climate, biodiversity and clean oceans.

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Workshop

Families Workshop: Live Minibeast Drawing

Saturday, 12 February 2022
10:30am-4:30pm
V&A
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Join artist Jennie Webber as you find out more about life drawing techniques, and get up close and personal with snails, stick insects, scorpions and much more!

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Workshop

Drop-In Design: Become a Bio-Designer

Thurs 17 February - Sun 20 February 2022
11am-5pm
V&A
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Join the V&A's families' workshop and get inspired by the natural world to create new exciting designs. You will be able to experiment with algae and find out more about inventions that can save our planet.

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Digital Kids: Grow your own digital garden

Fri 18 – Sun 20 February 2022
11am-5pm
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Designed by V&A artist-in-residence Sian Fan, this activity invites you to transform physical objects into digital artefacts. Get inspired by nature and create your own 3D paper flower or plant, then digitise it by getting it 3D scanned.

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Make It Clay: Microworlds

Sat 5 March Sat 19 March 2022
10:30am-4pm
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Explore small details in nature and in the V&A collection and get creative with clay in this families workshop. Artist and potter Emily Stapleton-Jefferis will guide you through clay techniques as you find out more about Beatrix Potter and the importance of looking closely at the natural world.

Antarctica 3D (U)

Varies
Science Museum
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With never-before-seen footage and the latest underwater filming techniques, this epic documentary transports you to the farthest reaches of this majestic land and reveals that what happens there affects every single one of us.

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Astronights

18 March, 20 May, 15 July 2022
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If your child has ever wanted to explore the museum after dark, or if the idea of spending the night in one of our iconic galleries fills them with excitement, then they’ll love Astronights, a sleepover for children. With workshops, shows and activities—and breakfast and an interactive science show to boost your morning energy—it will be a night they never forget.

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Heartbeat Heroes

Saturday & Sunday
11:15-11:45am
Science Museum
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Listen up and hear the beat! Time to take a closer look at this hidden hardworking hero… your heart. Get your blood pumping in this fun, family-friendly workshop where you can make your very own working stethoscope and put it to the test.

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

12 Feb 2022 - 8 Jan 2023
Wed-Sun 10am-5:45pm
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Celebrating the life and work of one of the best loved children's authors of the 20th century. Featuring original watercolours, drawings and manuscripts, as well as personal artefacts, including letters and photographs, this exhibition will bring to light the places, people and animals that inspired some of Potter's most beloved characters.

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Learn about Nature

Onsite & Online
The Royal Parks
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With the climate crisis more urgent than ever, The Royal Parks’ Learning team and partners are playing a vital role in raising awareness and encouraging individuals to do all they can to be a hero for nature.

Mission: Invertebrate

The Royal Parks
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Download Mission: Invertebrate's free activities and information sheets to see London’s green spaces in a whole new way. Whether you’re at home, in your local park or one of the incredible Royal Parks, these resources will help you and your family discover fascinating nature on your doorstep.

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Cirque du Soleil - LUZIA

Til Sun 27 February 2022
Times vary
Royal Albert Hall
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The intermission is over! The Cirque du Soleil is back with their dazzling luminous spectacle, LUZIA, which will also mark 25 years since Cirque du Soleil first brought its captivating magic with its awe-inspiring acrobatics to the Royal Albert Hall.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

On 'til 5 June 2022
Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm (last entry 5pm)
Natural History Museum
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Explore the natural world in all its fragility and diversity at the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, where 100 powerful photographs tell the story of a planet under pressure. Book your free ticket in advance.

Image credit: El Clasico at Camp Nou by Chitra Gulabrani

Football: Designing the Beautiful Game

Fri 8 April 2022 – Mon 29 August 2022
Sun-Thur 10am-6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Fanatic supporter or part-time punter, discover the incredible design stories behind the beautiful game. This exhibition will unpick how design has pushed the game to its technical and emotional limits while exploring the incredible cultural plurality at its heart