Great exhibitions in South Kensington

South Kensington has some great exhibitions to enjoy. Marvel at stunning photography, be inspired by Beatrix Potter, see iconic images of the Royal Family, or find out more about removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Africa Fashion

From Sat 2 July 2022
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am – 10pm
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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

Daily
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.

Our Future Planet

On until Sept 2022
Wed-Sun 10am-6pm (last admission 5:15pm)
Science Museum
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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.

Our Broken Planet

Until late summer 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.

Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear

Til Sun 6 November 2022
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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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

25 May - Jan 2023
Wed-Sun 10am-6pm
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. This exhibition shows how far we have come in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.

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. Discover how design has pushed the game to its technical and emotional limits while exploring the incredible cultural plurality at its heart.

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

Til 8 January 2023
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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Book ahead to see the life and work of one of the best-loved children's authors of the 20th century. Featuring original drawings, watercolours, and manuscripts that inspired some of Potter's most beloved characters. Kids go free.

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Design 1900-Now Gallery

Wednesday–Sunday, 10.00–17.45
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A 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.

Symbiosis: Living Islands

21 May - 4 September 2022
Mon to Sat 10am-8pm; Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12noon-6pm
Japan House London
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Step onto the island of Inujima in this exhibition which explores how an extraordinary living art project has transformed the island’s landscape and lives of its inhabitants.

Ukraine in Focus

Until Mon 29 August 2022
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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These portraits offer a glimpse of life in Ukraine before the war with Russia began in 2022. They were taken over six years, during a simmering conflict sparked by Russia’s invasion of eastern and southern parts of Ukraine in 2014.

Known and Strange: Photographs from the Collection

Til Sun 6 November 2022
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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This display highlights photography's power to transform the familiar into the unfamiliar, and the ordinary into the extraordinary. Showcasing new acquisitions, it presents some of the most compelling achievements in contemporary art photography.

Science Museum's new Interactive Careers Gallery

Daily
Wed - Sun 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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Cromwell Place, South Kensington’s - the arts membership organisation, offers a year-round programme of exhibitions across 15 gallery spaces, which are open to the public. Find out what's on.

The Royal Society of Sculptors Summer Show 2022

20 - 24 July
10am - 6pm
Cromwell Place
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The Summer Show will be exhibited this year at Cromwell Place due to the ongoing restoration works at Dora House. The show will feature work by members of the Society and the guest judge for 2022 is the curator and cultural producer, Isabel de Vasconcellos.

Earth Photo 2022

17 June - 26 Aug
10am - 5pm (Mon - Fri)
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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Visit the Society’s Pavilion to see a stunning selection of Earth Photo shortlisted images, from the international competition which includes categories for People, Place, Nature, Changing forests and a Climate of change.

Image credit: Credit Brynley Odu Davies

Kaleidoscopic Minds on Exhibition Road

From 18 June
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Local artist, Azarra Amoy, celebrates neurodiverse people and their contribution to the arts and sciences in South Kensington, through a series of colourful kaleidoscopic artworks on Exhibition Road. Azarra uses a kaleidoscopic spectrum of colours to represent the uniqueness of an individual’s neurodiversity.

KCAW Art Trail

On until 31 Aug
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Kensington + Chelsea Art Week presents its fifth annual Public Art Trail. with vibrant and immersive public art, free for all to enjoy for the duration of the summer. Featuring world-class sculpture, installations and exhibits throughout the borough including Kaleidoscopic Minds on Exhibition Road by local artist, Azarra Amoy.

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: Alienarium 5

Til 4 Sep 2022
Tues - Sun (Open Bank Holiday Mon) 10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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Alienarium 5 is a speculative environment that invites us to imagine possible encounters with extra-terrestrials. The exhibition is a culmination of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster's decades-long interest in science fiction and continued research into deep space and alien life.

Image credit: © Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg.

Back to Earth: Pollinator Pathmaker

22 June - 18 September 2022
Tuesday - Sunday (Open Bank Holiday Mondays) 10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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Artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg kicks off Back to Earth 2022 activations, including a major exhibition, at Serpentine in June. as well as a garden at North Flower Walk in Kensington Gardens comprising 4,471 plants including over 60 different species which will come into bloom in early summer.

From the Forest

Mon 11 April - Mon 18 July 2022
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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This display features design projects that engage with questions around environmental stewardship and the sustainable use of wood.

Bethany Williams: Alternative Systems

Until 4 September 2022
Sun-Thurs 10am-6pm - Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Celebrate the work of designer Bethany Williams with this new exhibition embracing the discussion of social and environmental issues through her garments made from recycled book waste.

Weird Sensation Feels Good

Til 16 October 2022
Sun-Thurs 10am-6pm - Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
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 into an acoustically tuned world of ASMR and explore the emerging field of creativity that is shaped and shared by a novel online community.

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Stephen Hawking at Work

On until March 23
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.

Life through a Royal Lens

Til Sun 30 October 2022
Mon-Sun 10am-5pm
Kensington Palace
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Life Through a Royal Lens explores the Royal Family through photography and brings together some of the most iconic images ever taken of the Royal Family to Kensington Palace.

Hallyu! The Korean Wave

24 Sep - 25 June 2023
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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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.

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.

Maurice Broomfield: Industrial Sublime

Until Sun 6 November 2022
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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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.