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If you are looking for ideas for what to do in South Kensington, try something different today. Discover jewellery, earthquake simulators, journey to space, fashion. and so much more.

Engineer your future

Daily
10am-6pm
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Could you shape the world we live in? Find out if you've got the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills to be a globe-trotting engineer of tomorrow.

Ciné Lumière

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

Human Evolution

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Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm (last entry 5pm)
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Meet your ancient relatives, trace the origins and evolution of our species, and explore what makes us human.

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.

Fashion

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Spanning five centuries, the Fashion collection is the largest and most comprehensive collection of dresses in the world.

Information Age

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The Information Age gallery celebrates more than 200 years of innovation in information and communication technologies. Relive some remarkable moments of history.

Theatre & Performence

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Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
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The collections document current practice and the history of all areas of performing arts in the UK, including drama, dance, opera, circus, puppetry, comedy, musical theatre, costume, set design, pantomime, popular music and much more...

The Vault

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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.

Dino Snores for Grown Ups

20th Jan & 16th March 2024
6:30pm - 10am
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Set your inner child free with a sleepover at the Museum. This one's not for the kids. Enjoy a three-course meal, a pub quiz, stand-up comedy, a live animal workshop, and in the morning a cooked breakfast.

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Daily
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways.

Royal Albert Hall Tours

Most days of the year
Royal Albert Hall
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Take a peek inside London's most iconic music venue. Did you know that the Royal Albert Hall once hosted a séance; flooded the auditorium with 56,000 litres of water for an opera concert; and that criminals, as well as musicians and politicians, have graced the Hall’s stage?

Behind the Scenes Tour: Spirit Collection

Daily
11am, 3pm
Natural History Museum
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Go behind the scenes with our knowledgeable science educators for a look at the Museum's fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit.

The Royal College of Music Museum & Guided Tours

10:15am–5:45pm
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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.

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.

Self-Guided Tours at the Natural History Museum

Daily
10am-5:50pm
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Whether you're visiting for the first time or the fiftieth, these tours and free things to do, will take you through the best the Museum has to offer.

V&A tours are back

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Discover the work of the V&A's conservation studios, or join a guided tour through their unique galleries. Members can also explore hidden places and historical sites in and around London, often inaccessible to the public.

Technicians: The David Sainsbury Gallery

Opens 3rd Nov
10am-6pm
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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,

Children & Families at The Royal Albert Hall

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The Royal Albert Hall have a wide range of shows and events for children and families to get involved in, which all promise an unforgettable day out. From storytelling for babies and toddlers to interactive concerts featuring Albert’s Band, there is something to fascinate and inspire children of every age.

Quiet walking routes to and around South Ken

Discover South Kensington
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If you’re planning your trip to South Ken, take a look at our new walking map, created with Footways, where you can discover a range of wonderful routes to take a quiet stroll & discover our extraordinary history. Get off the tube a stop early and explore London’s home of arts, science and inspiration by foot.

Young V&A opening in July

Opening 1st July 2023
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Young V&A will showcase the transformative power of creativity, displaying remarkable and optimistic stories of children’s ingenuity alongside 2,000 works from the V&A’s collection of art, design, and performance.

Outdoor Activities for Kids

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Fun, free things to do in a park, on the street, or anywhere outdoors.

DIVA

On until 7th April 2024
10am-5:45pm
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DIVA celebrates the power and creativity of iconic performers, exploring and redefining the role of 'diva' and how this has been subverted or embraced over time across opera, stage, popular music, and film.

BBC World Service: The Engineers

Royal Commission for the Exhibition 1851
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Each summer, the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 holds an Albertopolis event in partnership with the BBC World Service bringing together three ground-breaking engineers and a public audience.

Thomas J Price at the V&A

Until 27th May
10am-6pm
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British artist Thomas J Price is celebrated for his arresting yet contemplative sculptures depicting everyday people. This display sets his work in dialogue with the V&A's historic collections.