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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.

 
 
 
 
 
Christmas Ideas from the Science Museum
 
Science Museum
Online
 
Look no further than the Science Museum for some space-inspired gifts to share your love of astronomy this Christmas, from fun little stocking fillers for kids and adults to games for budding young scientists.
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The Gift of Great Design
 
Design Museum Kensington
Online
 
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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Image credit: Earth Photo (C) Ruan Kezhuang 'Fingerprints Of The Earth'  
Earth Photo Competition 2020: A Climate of Change
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Online
 
Earth Photo is an international competition and exhibition created by the Society and Forestry England. This virtual exhibition showcases 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
 
My Dino Mission AR is aimed at 7-10 year olds and enables budding young palaeontologists to help a stranded dinosaur get back to its own time period many millions of years ago. 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
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Image credit: Photo by Shinji Kono  
Online Talk: Paul Smith in Conversation
 
V&A
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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Treephonia
 
Royal College of Music
Online
 
17 composers from the Royal College of Music have composed works for 190 trees in Kensington Gardens, including 32 unique species. Treephonia is an immersive soundscape that invites listeners to engage meaningfully with the trees of Kensington Gardens and seeks to raise public awareness of the importance of the environment and the threats it faces. It is hoped that through Treephonia, listeners will forge stronger relationships with their surrounding environment.
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Why artists work with blockchain technologies
 
Goethe-Institut
Online
 
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 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
Goethe-Institut
Imperial College London
Institut franҫais
The Ismaili Centre
Kensington Palace
Natural History Museum
Royal Albert Hall
South Kensington Estates
Royal College of Art
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
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
 
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