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The Student's South Kensington Bucket List

If you're looking for a low-budget, quick-plan day (or night) out, look no further! There's plenty for anyone on a budget, with mind-opening galleries, exhibitions and events to help you with your subject, broaden your perspective or just relax and enjoy a nice break from studying!

Atmosphere

Open Daily
10am-6pm
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The Atmosphere gallery is an exciting place to make sense of the climate—the science of how it works, what it’s doing now and what it might do next. Uncover the secrets of ice cores and stalagmites, then head for the future to wonder at the latest ideas for a low-carbon life.

Who Am I?

Open Daily
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Explore the science of who you are through intriguing objects, provocative artworks and hands-on exhibits. Discover what your voice sounds like as a member of the opposite sex, morph your face to see what you’ll look like as you age, or collect DNA to catch a criminal.

Designer Maker User

Open daily
Sun-Thurs 10am-6pm; Fri-Sat 10am-9pm
Design Museum
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Designer Maker User, the Design Museum's only permanent exhibition, features almost 1000 items of twentieth and twenty-first century design viewed through the angles of the designer, manufacturer and user, including a crowdsourced wall.

Hintze Hall

Open Daily
Natural History Museum
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Walk beneath the largest animal on Earth and explore dozens of other exhibits representing 4.5 billion years of natural history in the gateway to the museum's collections and galleries.

Volcanoes & Earthquakes

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Through dramatic film footage, exhibits, interactive games and our famous earthquake simulator, explore how the powers within shape the world in which we live.

Tomorrow's World

Daily
10am-5:45pm
Science Museum
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How do today’s scientific discoveries shape tomorrow’s world? Get the scoop on the most surprising science stories and the biggest breakthroughs in the Tomorrow's World gallery.

Boating on the Serpentine

Daily except Nov- March (Wed - Sun)
From 10am (closing times vary)
Hyde Park
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Head to the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen to hire a boat over the summer. Recognised as one of the most famous boating spots in London, Hyde Park is the perfect place to take in the scenery, enjoy an ice cream and float down the Serpentine in the middle of the park.

Fashion

Daily
V&A South Kensington
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Spanning five centuries, the Fashion collection is the largest and most comprehensive collection of dresses in the world.

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.

Natural History Museum Gardens Opening Soon!

Daily
10am - 5.50pm
Natural History Museum
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It's official on July 18th will unveil its new gardens! Discover a haven for wildlife sights and sounds this summer season.

Meet an Employee- Schools

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during term time
Various Times
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An interactive workshop where students meet a technician from a partner organisation and experience what it’s like to do their job through hands-on activities or Q&A sessions. For KS3 and KS4.

Career insight: Exploring careers in Visual Storytelling

25th May
2pm - 3pm
V&A South Kensington
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This event will bring together film makers and animators to discuss the role of visual storytelling in their work. From the creative process behind storyboarding and producing films to practical guidance on how to build a career in animation and film making.

Journey of Life Lates

4th July
6.30pm - 10pm
Science Museum
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This July, Lates at the Science Musuem explores the enormous 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 of people aiming to improve our health and well-being.

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.

Alice Burnhope: Making Textile Accessories

25th May
10am - 4pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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Join award-winning textile artist Alice Burnhope for a day exploring traditional textiles techniques such as appliqué, gathers and pleats to create your own personal brooch, inspired by the exhibition 'Out Shopping: The Dresses of Marion and Maud Sambourne (1880-1901)'.

L’Olimpiade by Ensemble Matheus

4th July
7pm
Institut français
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Under the direction of conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi, the virtuosi musicians of the Ensemble Matheus revisit Vivaldi’s L’Olimpiade to a libretto by poet Metastasio after Herodotus. Expect a formidable melodic outburst in which betrayed friendships and thwarted loves compete.

BBC Proms 2024

19 July - 14 Sept
Various Times
Royal Albert Hall
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The new BBC Proms season is almost upon us and it's bigger and better than ever! See your favourite classical standards, a wealth of special guests, contemporary concerts including Florence and the Machine, Sam Smith, and the return of the CBeebies Prom, and much more this summer.

Family Flight Night

31st May
6.30pm - 9.30pm
Natural History Museum
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Explore the Natural History Museum's galleries after hours, swan around their interactive science stations, get up close to real-life animals, take part in hands-on workshops and much more.

Boating on the Serpentine

Daily except Nov- March (Wed - Sun)
From 10am (closing times vary)
Hyde Park
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Head to the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen to hire a boat over the summer. Recognised as one of the most famous boating spots in London, Hyde Park is the perfect place to take in the scenery, enjoy an ice cream and float down the Serpentine in the middle of the park.

Treasures

Open Daily
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Explore 22 objects spanning 4.5 billion years of the Earth's history in this collection of some of the museum's most extraordinary specimens.. Each exhibit tells a remarkable story and has been chosen for its scientific, historical and cultural importance.

The Royal College of Music Museum & Guided Tours

10:15am–5:45pm
Royal College of Music
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The Royal College of Music's Museum offers a unique opportunity to interact with over 500 years of musical history. Items include the world’s oldest guitar and earliest keyboard instrument with strings. Enjoy a tour of the Museum, led by their knowledgeable team on Wednesdays at 12:30pm.

Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries

Daily
10-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Showcasing extraordinary medical artefacts including the world’s first MRI scanner, Fleming’s penicillin mould, a professional pianist’s prosthetic arm and even robotic surgery equipment.

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).

V&A Lates

Last Friday of every month
6.30-10pm
V&A South Kensington
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An ever-changing, programme of live performances, fashion, film, installations, debates, special guests and DJs, with bars, food, and late-night exhibition openings.