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Now is the ideal time to plan your Christmas shopping and all from the comfort of your home. If you're looking for something beautiful, unusual, bespoke - or just plain fun, our wonderful museums and galleries in South Kensington have that perfect gift - and you might even find yourself a discount.

We've got some roarsome offers for that budding palaeontologist at the Natural History Museum and celestial ideas for aspiring cosmophiles at the Science Museum. Unique pieces of show-stopping jewellery from the V&A's own collections and exclusive historic designs from Historic Royal Palaces. Why not even treat yourself - and you'll be supporting our amazing cultural venues during this difficult time.

Launch into Space this Christmas
Science Museum
Go for a science-inspired theme this Christmas with a range of decorations and gifts from the Science Museum. Featuring space, robots and tech, science kits, puzzles and more.
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The Gift of Great Design
Design Museum Kensington
The Design Museum Shop sells a unique selection of classic, beautiful and cutting edge books and objects for wonderful and unique festive gifts.
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  What's on  
Image credit: Earth Photo (C) Ruan Kezhuang 'Fingerprints Of The Earth'  
Earth Photo Competition 2020: A Climate of Change
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Earth Photo is an international competition and exhibition created by the Society and Forestry England. Showcasing the very best in environmental visual media and how it can better connect us with the world by telling stories and encouraging discussion about our planet, its inhabitants and our treatment of both.
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Go back in time with My Dino Mission AR
Natural History Museum
Free downloadable app
Combining the latest augmented reality technology with STEM skills, children can recognise a dinosaurs’ species, what it eats, likes and needs to survive. Young explorers can care for and capture fun photos of themselves interacting with their new dinosaur friend in the backdrop of their home or back garden. Age 7-10
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Image credit: Photo by Shinji Kono  
Online Talk: Paul Smith in Conversation
Monday 23 November 7pm-8pm
Sir Paul Smith has epitomised the unique spirit of British fashion for five decades. Join him online in conversation with editor Tony Chambers as he celebrates this special anniversary, as well as the publication of his new Phaidon monograph, with a look at some of the key objects that have influenced his creative process.
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Prince Albert and the Crystal Palace: Virtual Tour

Online 26th Nov 6.30pm
As part of the Great Exhibition Road Festival, The Royal Parks will take you back in time to explore the extraordinary building that housed the Great Exhibition - Hyde Park's Crystal Palace. Learn about what it took to engineer a structure of its kind and walk inside (virtually) to discover its enormous legacy.
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The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish: The Understory of the Understory
Serpentine Galleries
Online 5 Dec 12pm-7pm Online 6 Dec 12pm-5pm
In the fourth instalment of the Serpentine's General Ecology project, an ongoing series of festivals on consciousness and intelligence across species, this year’s festival will take place online. Unfolding over two days, it will involve participants from all over the world from artists, anthropologists, and architects to scientists, ecologists and writers.
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Re-imagining our environment through sound
The Great Exhibition Road Festival
Thursday 21 January Online 12.30–1:30pm
How can music help us forge new relationships with our environment and the places we inhabit? Join Royal College of Music composers Andrew Zhou, Ben Munro and Jack Gionis as they talk about the making of their new website Treephonia, with soundscapes composed for 190 trees in Kensington Gardens.
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Why artists work with blockchain technologies
As the world is facing a new economic crisis, how could the arts and civil society benefit from blockchain technologies? Hear from artists, curators, technologists and researchers who are using blockchain to revolutionise their way of working in the Goethe-Institut London’s latest Talking Culture podcast episode.
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K&C Life Newsletter
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
Are you a resident of Kensington and Chelsea or a frequent visitor of the local area? Sign up to receive the latest news and updates from the Council via K&C Life, their weekly enewsletter. In addition to discovering more cultural things to do in the area, you’ll learn the latest information about changes in service, Covid-19 support and much more. Stay informed and sign up today.
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Discover More
Discover South Kensington
From great exhibitions to debates with experts, and fun activities to try at home, there’s so much more to discover here.
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Discover South Kensington is an initiative of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, a partnership of the cultural and educational organisations in and around Exhibition Road, South Kensington.

Our partners include:
The Design Museum
Imperial College London
Institut franҫais
The Ismaili Centre
Kensington Palace
Natural History Museum
Royal Albert Hall
South Kensington Estates
Royal College of Art
Cromwell Place
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Royal College of Music
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
The Royal Parks
Serpentine Galleries
The Science Museum
V&A South Kensington
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
Westminster City Council
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