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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

On til 16 April 23
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.

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
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.

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature

On til 8 Jan 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.

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.

Everest through the Lens

5th Oct - 20th Jan 23
10am - 5pm (Mon - Sat)
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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The Society’s new exhibition marking the centenary of the Everest expeditions in the 1920s explores how Captain John Noel’s films shaped the popular image of the mountain while sometimes obscuring the role of local intermediaries.

Relaxed Opening Sundays at The Royal College of Music

23rd Oct
10am
Royal College of Music
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The RCM Museum will open an hour early for families, groups or individuals who would like to visit at a quieter time. Sudden noises will be turned off or down and light levels will be adjusted. Free to visit!

Exploring Our Oceans: The Challenger Expedition and its Legacy

On til Jan 23
Daily
Natural History Museum
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This free display of historic and contemporary images and specimens marks the 150th anniversary of the Challenger expedition - a ground-breaking scientific endeavour to sail around the world and systematically study the oceans for the very first time.

Image credit: Goethe-Institut

Universum.Mensch.Intelligenz

19th Sept - 14th Oct
Mon - Fri (10am - 4pm)
Goethe-Institut
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The exhibition is dedicated to cutting-edge research in Germany. Through images, films & research projects, the interactive exhibition tells of the great mysteries of humanity & the achievements of scientific thinking.

Injecting Hope: The Race for a Covid 19 Vaccine

30th Nov - 7th Jan 24
10am - 6pm
Science Museum
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A new free exhibition explores the worldwide effort to develop vaccines at pandemic speed. See how scientists and researchers adapted to the various challenges of this massive programme.

Image credit: Brandon Guell

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

14th Oct-2nd July 2023
10am-5:50pm
Natural History Museum
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Discover the natural world in all its wonder and diversity at the newly redesigned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, where 100 remarkable photographs illustrate the precious beauty of our planet.

Barbara Chase-Riboud: Infinite Folds

11th Oct-29th Jan 2023
10am-5:30pm
Serpentine
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The Serpentine presents Infinite Folds, an exhibition featuring over 30 works by visual artist, sculptor, novelist and poet Barbara Chase-Riboud. By combining materials with different qualities, such as hard versus soft, light against heavy, and tactile versus rigid, Chase-Riboud’s works speak to the artist’s interest in creating forms that unify opposing forces.

Kamala Ibrahim Ishag

7th Oct-29th Jan 2023
10am-5:30pm
Serpentine
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An exhibition by pioneering Sudanese artist Kamala Ibrahim Ishag, whose work intertwines the earthly and the spiritual through an understanding of our connections with the natural world. Her widely recognised paintings contemplate the cyclical flow of life and the intangible aspects of women’s lives in Sudan.

Yinka Ilori: PARABLES FOR HAPPINESS

15th Sep- 25th June 2023
10am-6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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The display showcases key elements of Ilori’s vibrant aesthetic where visitors will discover 100 objects ranging from artworks, photographs and furniture, to textiles, books and personal possessions. The display offers an unprecedented glimpse into Ilori’s use of the power of design to absorb cultural influences and express London’s rich mix of identities.

The Ingram Collection at Cromwell Place

Oct 26th-Oct30th
10am-6pm
Cromwell Place
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The Ingram Collection is one of the UK’s largest and most accessible collections of Modern British & Contemporary Art. The collection spans over 100 years of British art and includes over 600 artworks, focusing on the art movements that developed in the early and middle decades of the twentieth century. Visit for free!

Penny Siopis: For Dear Life

Oct 5th-Oct 29th
10am-6pm
Cromwell Place
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For Dear Life will feature the latest works from the ongoing painting installation series, Viscous Worlds (2017-present), Atlas (2020-present) and a selection of solo canvases exemplifying Siopis’ long-term engagement with the notion, ‘the poetics of vulnerability’. Free to visit!

Ai Weiwei: Making Sense

19th May- 17th Sep 2023
10am-6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Globally renowned artist Ai Weiwei will present his work as a commentary on design and what it reveals about our changing values, in a major new show from April 2023.

Image credit: Mike Vallely, 1989, photograph by Spike Jonze.

Skateboard

20th Oct 2023-25th Feb 2024
10am-6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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This exhibition will map the design evolution of the skateboard from the 1950s to today. It will showcase innovative skateboards and components, alongside skate photography and video, complete with original soundtracks.

The Carpenters' Line: Woodworking Heritage in Hida Takayama

29 Sept - 29 Jan 2023
Japan House London
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Discover one major aspect of Japanese craftsmanship in this free exhibition which explores 1,300 years of master woodworking from the densely forested Hida region of Gifu Prefecture in central Japan.

Image credit: © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí.

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 - Today

14 Oct - 19 Feb 2023
10 - 6pm (Sun - Thur) 10 - 9pm (Fri - Sat)
Design Museum Kensington
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Delve into the dreamlike relationship between Surrealism and design in this century-spanning celebration of surrealist objects of desire. The exhibition brings together the best in surrealist design, from furniture, interior design, fashion, photography and world-renowned artworks.

Kaleidoscopic Minds on Exhibition Road

From 18 June
Exhibition Road
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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.

Cromwell Place - what's on

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Cromwell Place
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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.

Science Museum's new Interactive Careers 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,

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.

Weird Sensation Feels Good

Til 10 April 23
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.

Image credit: © Sarah Lee

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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Last chance to see 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
Daily 10am-6pm
Science Museum
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Step aboard and voyage to the edge of imagination in this immersive, genre-defying exhibition! Visitors will be at the heart of an interactive science fiction story which is filled with objects that explore how scientists and science fiction creators have inspired each other through innovation and imagination.

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.