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Hidden Treasures

Whether you're visiting South Kensington for the first time, or you've visited a hundred times, here's a list of some of the best, but least well-known, exhibits, galleries, and places.

I Want My Hat Back Trilogy

13th-14th Feb
11am & 1:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Following their hit digital series, lockdown sensations Ian Nicholson and Sam Wilde are back with more of their trademark cardboard design. Jon Klassen’s beloved books, I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat and We Found a Hat, will be performed live in the Royal Albert Hall!

Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance

Opening 11th Feb 2023
10am-5:45pm
V&A
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The first major UK exhibition to explore the exceptional talents of the Renaissance master Donatello, arguably the greatest sculptor of all time. Experience a fresh vision of the artist and his influence on subsequent generations.

Is there Anybody Out There?

9th Feburary
7:30pm-8:45pm
Science Museum
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Are we alone in the universe or is there extra-terrestrial life out there? Join the Science Museum for this panel discussion and hear what the experts have to say. How are real-life scientists looking for alien life? Where in the universe might we find it?

Neon Dance: Last and First Men

4th May 2023
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Science Museum
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A future race of humans finds itself on the verge of extinction. Almost all that’s left in the world are lone and surreal monuments, beaming their message into the wilderness. Neon Dance presents a contemporary dance based on the ground-breaking 1930 novel by Olaf Stapledon, 'Last and First Men'.

Crown to Couture

5th April-29th Oct
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Kensington Palace
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From the glittering world of the Georgian court to the high glamour of the modern-day red carpet, this exhibition at Kensington Palace will see dazzling contemporary couture worn by celebrities including Lizzo and Lady Gaga, displayed alongside beautiful historic costume.

Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur

31st March-7th Jan 2024
10am-6pm
Natural History Museum
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Step into the world of the colossal titanosaur Patagotitan mayorum, the largest known creature to have ever walked our planet. On display for the first time ever in Europe, this is your chance to meet this extraordinary dinosaur up close.

Jurassic Encounters: Animal Show

19th & 21st Dec, 13th &17th Feb
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Natural History Museum
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Delve into the Jurassic and meet the modern-day relatives of the animals that lived alongside Dippy in this fantastic animal handling show. Meet incredible creatures, including snakes, lizards and tarantulas, and learn more about them in this 45-minute, ethical experience.

Music, Migration & Mobility- The Story of Émigré Musicians from Nazi-Europe in Britain

From 18th Oct 2022
8am-10pm
Royal College of Music
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The Royal College of Music Museum’s latest exhibition explores the lives and legacies of musicians who fled the Nazi regime and the ravages of war.

Albert's Band Presents: The Big Top

15th Feb
12pm-2:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Join the Royal Albert Hall’s colourful troupe of musicians from Albert’s Band for some musical acrobatics on an action packed trip to the circus! Their mini-orchestra is led by ringmaster Kevin Hathway in what promises to be a musical extravaganza for all the family.

Portrait of Melissa Thompson by Kehinde Wiley

Until 26th Oct 2023
10am-5:45pm
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Nigerian-American artist, Kehinde Wiley is best known for his portraits of people of colour in settings and poses that reference Old Master paintings. Wiley’s portraits replace European figures of power, asking us to consider the power dynamics behind who is represented in these portraits and why.

Serpentine's Pavilion 2023

June 2023
Serpentine
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Serpentine have announced that Lebanese-born, Paris-based architect Lina Ghotmeh, has been selected to conceive the 22nd Pavilion. Ghotmeh’s Pavilion will be unveiled at Serpentine South in June 2023 with Goldman Sachs supporting the annual project for the 9th consecutive year.

The Web(s) of Life

19th Jun-17th Oct
Serpentine
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From June to September 2023 Serpentine will present The Web(s) of Life, a major new exhibition by artist and researcher Tomás Saraceno. The exhibition will present a series of artworks, activities & experiences that explore the ways life forms, weather systems and climate change are connected.

Serpentine Arts Technologies

May-October
Serpentine
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Challenging the role that technologies play in culture and society is part of Serpentine’s commitment to supporting new artistic experiments. The programme initiates and supports artists in developing artworks that deploy technologies as a medium, tool or topic, often operating beyond gallery walls.

Nights of Ideas

9th Feb
6pm-10pm
Institut français
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Join institut français for the Night of Ideas, a night of thought-provoking and free debates, films and workshops exploring the question “More?” under the lens of societal challenges on 9th February.

Tinyjohn Terrarium workshop

16th March
6pm-7:30pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Learn about the history and science behind these self-sustaining ecosystems, before watching a quick demonstration where you will learn about the tools and plants that are on the table, before getting stuck in to make your own terrarium!

Coronation Celebration: The Choral Society's 150th Anniversary Concert

7th May
2:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Music fit for a king! On coronation weekend, join the Royal Choral Society for a choral music extravaganza as it celebrates the crowning of our new king and marks the choir’s own 150th anniversary.

Cromwell Place x Philharmonia Orchestra: Women in Art

11th March
2:30pm
Cromwell Place
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Alongside Women’s History Month, Cromwell Place and their Members are celebrating women and female-identifying artists across all geographies and époques. The programme showcases female composers past and present, and memorable female characters from film and opera.

The Wild Escape: Art Highlights Tour

5th Feb
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Natural History Museum
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Take a short, guided tour of the Images of Nature gallery and see some of the most treasured artworks and archive items. On the tour, guides will explore the stories behind each exhibit and discuss how big issues relating to biodiversity and the environment can be addressed through art.

RGS Exhibitions

Monday to Friday
10am-5pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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The Royal Geographical Society Pavilion has a constantly changing programme of displays that include exhibitions created by external organisations, broadly linked to geographical themes and also by selected sponsors of the Society.

Ciné Lumière

Various
Institut français
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Showcasing the best of foreign film - it screens a mix of French, European and Global films - with subtitles.

V&A jewellery collection

Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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One of the finest collections of jewelry in the world - over 3,500 jewels, including pendants given by Queen Elizabeth I.

The V&A's Glass Collection

Open Daily
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A
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The V&A's glass collection is one of the largest and the most comprehensive in the world, showcasing the development of design and technology in glass-making over 3,500 years. Find the exhibition in rooms 131, 129 and 83-84.

Ceramics

Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
V&A
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Visit the V&A's amazing collection of ceramics, first opened in 1868. The galleries include the stunning Ceramic Staircase which was designed by Frank Moody, a master in the Schools of Design, together with his students.

The Vault

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Some of nature's most unique and valuable treasures are on display in the Vault gallery. See the world's largest collection of coloured diamonds, discover gems that glow in the dark, and marvel at rare meteorites from out of this world.