Great exhibitions in South Kensington

South Kensington has some great exhibitions to enjoy. Marvel at stunning photography, explore the curious worlds of Alice in Wonderland, come face to face with Fantastic Beasts, celebrate the creativity of Amy Winehouse or find out more about removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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Africa Fashion

19 March – 6 November 2022
Wed-Sun 10am-5:45pm
V&A
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The V&A is staging its first Africa Fashion exhibition, which will be as eclectic and varied, diverse and dynamic as its people. It will tell a story of fashion as a self-defining art form; a kind of movement culture that goes beyond individual garments to encompass attitude, gesture, style.

Victoria: A Royal Childhood

From 26 May
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.

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Our Future Planet

On until Sept 2022
Wed-Sun 10am-6pm (last admission 5:15pm)
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Can carbon capture help us fight climate change? The Science Museum's latest exhibition explores the cutting-edge technologies being developed to trap carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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Our Broken Planet

Until 18 April 2022
Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm (last entry 5pm)
Natural History Museum
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This free, evolving display explores how humans have transformed the natural world. Through over 40 objects chosen by Museum scientists, they reveal the consequences of our actions and examine some of the solutions that could help mend our broken planet. The display opens in three stages. From 21 May The Food We Eat, 23 July The Products we Use and from 20 September The Energy we Consume.

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Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan

Til 10 April 2022
Mon-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 12-6pm
Japan House London
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Sliding screens and transformative spaces, windows in Japan are part of a long architectural tradition that affect people’s everyday environments in culturally specific ways. Curated under the direction of architect and critic Igarashi Taro, discover the subtleties and intricacies of windows on our lives and psyche.

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Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear

Sat 22 March 2022 - Sun 6 November 2022
Wed–Sun 10am-5:45pm
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At a moment of unprecedented creativity in men's fashion and reflection on gender, we will explore how designers, tailors and artists – and their clients and sitters – have constructed and performed masculinity, and unpicked it at the seams.

Cancer Revolution: Science, Innovation and Hope

May - Oct 2022
Science Museum
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From busting myths about the causes of cancer to exploring how the latest cancer science, early detection technologies, and immunotherapies are advancing cancer care today. Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope shows how far we have come in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.

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Hervé Télémaque: A Hopscotch of the Mind

On til 30th Jan 22
Tue - Sun, 10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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Last chance to see the legendary Haitian-French artist Hervé Télémaque, whose practice, combining archival and contemporary pop cultural references, traces histories and contemporary impact of racism, imperialism and colonialism. Includes paintings, objects, collages and assemblages from late 1950's to present day.

Weird Sensation Feels Good

Opens Friday 13 May 2022
Design Museum Kensington
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Have you ever heard a sound that has brought you a sense of calm? Or even made your skin tingle? Step out from behind your screen and experience the world of ASMR in a shared space.

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

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Fabergé: Romance to Revolution

Til Sun 8 May 2022
Wed-Sun 10am to 5:45pm
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If you've missed out on seeing the V&A's sold-out exhibition, they've released new tickets so you can enjoy Carl Fabergé's greatest treasures up close.

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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.

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Amy: Beyond the Stage

On 'til 10 April 2022
Sun-Thurs 10am-6pm; Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Celebrate the legacy and creativity of one of the greatest musicians of our time. ​Discover the story of Amy’s early career through her recordings and teenage notebooks to unravel the creative process behind her music. Explore the outfits she wore during her greatest performances, handwritten lyrics and personal items that have never been exhibited before,​

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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Ancient Greeks: Science and Wisdom

17 November 2021 – 05 June 2022
Wed - Sun 10am-6pm
Science Museum
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Curiosity and investigation are central to furthering our understanding of the universe today, ancient Greek thinkers shared a similar philosophy. Step back through millennia and discover how this ancient civilization questioned, contemplated, and debated the natural world.

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Discover Amazônia at the Science Museum

On 'til 28 Feb 2022
Wed - Sun 10am-6pm
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Award-winning photographer Sebastião Salgado presents Amazônia, a series of breath-taking photographs that celebrate the indigenous peoples and varied landscapes of the Brazilian rainforest. Come and see what The Guardian said “may be the most urgent exhibition of the year”.

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Waste Age: What can design do?

Til Sun 20 February 2022
9.30am-6pm (Sun-Thur) 9.30am-9pm (Fri-Sat)
Design Museum Kensington
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Enjoy a special 25% discount when you book a Family Ticket to Waste Age: What can design do? before it ends soon. Pick up the free Family Trail when you visit and follow a journey around the exhibition with fun interactives, thought provoking talking points and perfect selfie moments.

Free

V&A opens new Design 1900-Now Gallery

Wednesday–Sunday, 10.00–17.45
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The V&A has opened a new permanent gallery exploring how design shapes how we live, work, travel, communicate and consume. The gallery includes Margaret Calvert and Jock Kinneir’s iconic British road signage system, Kim Kardashian’s Selfish book and Nike’s Nigeria football shirt for the 2018 World Cup.

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Photography

Maurice Broomfield: Industrial Sublime

Until Sun 6 November 2022
Wed-Sun 10am-6pm
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Maurice Broomfield's dramatic photographs captured factories and their workers in an era of rapid transition, depicting the remnants of the industrial revolution alongside emerging technologies.

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Prix Pictet 2021: Fire

Opening Thurs 16 December 2021
Wed - Sun (closed 24/25/26 Dec)
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The world's leading prize for photography and sustainability. Now in its ninth cycle, 2021's prize theme is 'Fire'. Drawing on major global events and personal experiences as inspiration, the thirteen shortlisted photographers will have their work exhibited at the V&A, with the winner announced on 15 December.

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Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination

6 Oct 2022 - 4 May 2023
Wed-Sun 10am-6pm
Science Museum
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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.

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Hallyu! The Korean Wave

24 September 2022 – 25 June 2023
10am-5:45pm
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Hallyu! The Korean Wave will showcase the colourful and dynamic popular culture of South Korea, exploring the makings of the Korean Wave and its global impact on the creative industries of cinema, drama, music, fandom, beauty and fashion.

Photography

Life through a Royal lens

Fri 4 March - Sun 30 October
Mon-Sun 10am-5pm
Kensington Palace
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Opening in March, Life Through a Royal Lens is a new exhibition exploring the Royal Family through photography and brings together some of the most iconic images ever taken of the Royal Family to Kensington Palace.

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Stephen Hawking at Work

Thurs 10 February - Sun 12 June 2022
Wed-Sun 10am-6pm
Science Museum
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The Science Museum has acquired a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire Professor Stephen Hawking's office - including his personal reference library, innovative wheelchairs and communications equipment, medals, memorabilia and even the office furniture.

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The Conran Effect

Open until 6 February 2022
Mon-Thur 10am-6pm; Fri-Sat10am-9pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Enjoy a free display celebrating the life and work of the Design Museum founder, Sir Terence Conran, to mark what would have been the 90th birthday of the acclaimed British designer.

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Gilbert Bayes Award 2022 Winner

Exhibiting at Cromwell Place - SW7 2JE
Wed 16 March - Sun 27 March 2022
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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The Royal Society of Sculptors is delighted to be exhibiting the Gilbert Bayes Award 2021 Winners' at South Ken's newest art gallery, Cromwell Place. This year's guest curator is Touria El Glaoui, Founding Director of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair who worked with our Board to select the winners.

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Acute Art Presents | KAWS: New Fiction

Tue 18 January - Sun 27 February 2022
Serpentine North Gallery & Online
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Serpentine start 2022 with a multi-layered global project with the internationally acclaimed artist KAWS developed in collaboration with Acute Art and the online video game Fortnite. Captured on the Acute Art App all the paintings and sculptures in the exhibition as well as a miniature version of the entire show can be placed and viewed at home.