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Great exhibitions in South Kensington

South Kensington has some great exhibitions to enjoy. Marvel at stunning photography, be inspired by fashion, see one of the world's largest dinosaurs, or explore the worldwide effort to develop vaccines at pandemic speed.

Power Up

27th July 2023- 31st May 2024
10am - 5.30pm
Science Museum
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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.

Thomas J Price at the V&A

Until 27th May
10am-6pm
V&A South Kensington
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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.

Turn it Up: The Power of Music

Until 1st Sept 2024
10am - 6pm
Science Museum
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Just announced Turn It Up: The Power of Music has been extended through the summer! Don't miss this extra chance to explore this smash-hit exhibition and discover what is it about music that drives us to create, perform, feel, connect with others.

Victoria: A Royal Childhood

Wed to Sun
10am-6pm
Kensington Palace
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Discover the story of Princess Victoria, the young girl destined to be queen, in the rooms where she was born and raised at Kensington Palace. Explore how an indulged young princess blossomed into the independent and iconic monarch we remember.

Technicians: The David Sainsbury Gallery

Daily
10am - 6pm
Science Museum
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Step into the fascinating world of technicians for a peek behind the scenes in the Science Museum's brand new interactive gallery. Experience what it’s like to create visual effects on a blockbuster film set or operate a robot in a manufacturer's workshop,

Cromwell Place - what's on

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Set within five Grade II listed Victorian townhouses in South Kensington, Cromwell Place is one of London’s most exciting arts destinations, offering a year-round programme of diverse exhibitions open to the public across 15 gallery spaces. As a membership organisation and innovative arts hub, it also provides an environment in which galleries, collectors, dealers, curators, and arts professionals can collaborate and flourish together.

Energy: Sparks from the Collection

Until 18th May 2025
10am - 6pm
V&A South Kensington
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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.

Skateboard

On until 2nd June 2024
10am-6pm
Design Museum
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This new exhibition presents the design evolution of the skateboard from the 1950s to today. The exhibition also hosts a skateboard ramp, which can be booked as an Open Skate session and exhibition ticket combined (for over 15s).

Design Discoveries: Towards a DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN

15th May – 8th Sept
10am - 8pm
Japan House London
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This free exhibition sees seven major Japanese designers, from filmmakers to architects, consider what they would select for a permanent design collection in Japan. Displays range from Jōmon pottery to sportswear, musical instruments to festivals, together with their story.

Grazie Enzo: Contemporary Responses to Enzo Mari

29th March - Feb 2025
10am - 6pm
Design Museum
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Accompanying the retrospective exhibition 'Enzo Mari Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Francesca Giacomelli', this free display will showcase the work of 14 London-based designers, studios and collectives whose work shares an affinity with Mari's work.

Future Observatory display

20th Nov - 31st Aug
10am - 5pm
Design Museum
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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.

Everest 1953

12th March
10am - 5pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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To celebrate 20 years of Unlocking the Archives at RGS a new exhibition showcasing outputs from their latest project digitising over 1,800 negatives and slides from this iconic expedition which uncover new perspectives on the legacy of mountaineering on Mount Everest.

Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre

24th May - 5th Jan
10am - 5.50pm
Natural History Museum
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Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre explores the world of birds like never before. From surviving the mass extinction that wiped out all the other dinosaurs to their remarkable evolution into more than 11,000 species.

Design Discovery of the Week

28th May
6.30pm - 7pm
Japan House London
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Take a closer look at the design discoveries of leading Japanese creators through a series of spotlight talks led by the Japan House London team taking place within the gallery exhibition Design Discoveries: Towards a DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN.

Energy Revolution: The Adani Green Energy Gallery

Daily
10am - 6pm
Science Museum
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Discover how the world can generate and use energy more sustainably to limit climate change in the Science Museum’s new, free gallery. Energy Revolution looks at the past, present and future of sustainable energy and how we can achieve a low carbon world.

Yinka Shonibare CBE: Suspended States

12th April - 1st Sept
10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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Suspended States is the artist’s first London solo exhibition in over 20 years. It showcases new works, interrogating how systems of power affect sites of refuge, debates on public statues, the ecological impact of colonialisation and the legacy of imperialism on conflict and consequential attempts at peace.

Everest24

7th May - 11th June
10am - 5pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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This exhibition will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1924 British Mount Everest expedition. The exhibition seeks to show a range of photography, mapping, and original artefacts from the three 1920’s expeditions.

Journey of Life Lates

4th July
6.30pm - 10pm
Science Museum
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The July Late has been announced at the Science Museum. This themed late will explore the progress we’ve made in health around the world and how we might tackle the next big challenges, highlighting cutting-edge scientific research and technological innovations!

Judy Chicago: Revelations

23rd May - 1st Sept
10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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This exhibition is the artist’s largest solo presentation in a London institution. It focuses on drawing – a medium Chicago has explored for over six decades and traces the arc of the artist’s career, bringing together archival and never-before-seen artworks.

Family Flight Night

31st May
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Natural History Museum
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Fly the nest and bring your flock along for an evening of fun as the Natural History Museum celebrate their new exhibition Birds: Brilliant and Bizarre with a night all about flight.

Harmonies of Home: Artistic Threads that Bind Us

29 May - 9 June
11am - 7pm
Cromwell Place
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Embark on a cultural journey as 'Harmonies of Home' intertwines diverse artistic threads from a tapestry of realms across South West Asia, North Africa and its diasporas.

Image credit: © Zhai Zeyu, Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Until 30th June
10am - 5.50pm
Natural History Museum
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Get beyond the camera and discover the stories behind some of the best nature photography in the world.

Zimingzhong 凝时聚珍: Clockwork Treasures from China’s Forbidden City

1st Feb - 2nd June
10am - 6pm
Science Museum
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Discover a beautiful collection of unique clockwork wonders. This exhibition will showcase the stunning craftsmanship and the inner workings of centuries-old timepieces prized by the emperors of China's Forbidden City.

Image credit: 1962 Barbie Dream House c. Mattel, Inc.

Barbie: The exhibition

5th July 2024 - 23 Feb 2025
10am - 5pm
Design Museum
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Opening to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the Barbie brand in 2024, the exhibition will map the Barbie legacy that started in 1959. It will explore the story of Barbie through a design lens, including fashion, architecture, furniture and vehicle design.