Christmas at the South Kensington Museums
Natural History Museum
Come to the Museum and explore a world of Fantastic Beasts, journey through breathtaking photographs from the natural world or feel the ground shatter beneath your feet in an earthquake simulator or say hellooo beneath the largest creature.to have ever existed.
Cromwell Road, , London SW7 5BD
The Natural History Museum is open Wed–Sun, 10.00–18.00 (last entry 16.30) except during school holidays where the museum is open 7 days a week. The museum is closed on 24, 25 & 26 Dec. All visitors must pre-book a free ticket in advance to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit. Book your free general admission
Fantastic Beasts : The Wonder of Nature
Discover Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature - where the real and wizarding worlds intertwine, and how the wonders of the natural world have inspired myths, legends and magical creatures for generations. Embark on a journey where not all is as it seems, where magical beasts and fantastic animals share abilities and behaviours that allow them to dazzle, attract and escape
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will immerse you in the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. Explore some of the world's richest habitats, see fascinating animal behaviour and get to know some extraordinary species. Go deeper and discover the surprising - and often challenging - stories behind the images during a time of environmental crisis.
Volcanoes & Earthquakes
Head up to Volcanoes & Earthquakes via the escalator at the Exhibition Road entrance. Through dramatic film footage, exhibits, interactive games, explore how the powers within shape the world in which we live in. Don't miss the chance to feel the ground shatter beneath your feet in the earthquake simulator!
No visit is complete to the Museum without a trip to the magnificent Hinze Hall, the gateway to the galleries and collections. Walk beneath the largest animal on Earth, a 25m skeleton of a blue whale suspended in the air, and explore dozens of other exhibits representing 4.5 billion years of natural history.
The Science Museum tells the stories of extraordinary human achievement & technological advances that helped humanity overcome challenges throughout history. From Helen Sharman’s iconic space suit to Amy Johnson’s Gipsy Moth aeroplane, these incredible stories help ignite curiosity, encourage scientific endeavour & spark the imagination.
Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD
The Science Museum is open Wed–Sun, 10.00–18.00 (last entry 17.15) except during school holidays where the museum is open 7 days a week. The museum is closed on 24, 25 & 26 Dec. All visitors must pre-book a free ticket in advance to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit. Book your free general admission
Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery
Book your ticket and come and think like a scientist this Christmas at Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery. This interactive gallery will ignite your curiosity and fuel your imagination. See lightning strike before your eyes, play with forces on giant slides or travel through space under a canopy of stars whilst seeing the world around you in new and exciting ways.
IMAX: The Ronson Theatre
Discover the Science Museum’s latest IMAX film Antarctica 3D in the newly revamped IMAX: The Ronson Theatre. With never-before-seen footage, Antarctica 3D transports you to the farthest reaches of this majestic land. Book your ticket now to watch this fully immersive IMAX experience on one the biggest screens in the UK.
Pattern Pod & The Garden
Level 0 & Basement
Pattern Pod is a multi-sensory area for under 8s encouraging children to recognise & copy patterns through interactive exhibits. From giant tubes carrying whispers to a flying saucer radiating light, The Garden is an ideal place for under 6s to discover science through play. Book Pattern Pod or The Garden.
Come and see seven miles of galleries and a host of new displays and exhibitions in the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance. Discover the collections through our festive paper trail, explore the ultimate accessory in Bags: Inside Out or enjoy an installation of children's rainbows from lockdown.
Cromwell Road, , London SW7 2RL
The V&A is open Wed- Sun 10.00-18.00 (last entry 16.45). The museum is closed on 24, 25, 26, 28 & 29 Dec. All visitors must pre-book a free ticket in advance to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit. Book your free general admission ticket.
Bags: Inside Out
Bags: Inside Out explores the style, function, design and craftsmanship of the ultimate accessory. See Margaret Thatcher’s iconic handbag, Winston Churchill’s despatch box and a World War II gasmask bag belonging to Queen Mary. This exhibition offers an understanding and insight into the function, status, design and making of bags across the world and throughout history.
All Will be Well: Children's Rainbows from Lockdown
Step inside this large-scale installation of over 100 rainbow artworks crafted by children. In 2020 V&A and V&A Museum of Childhood asked people to share rainbows made by children during the pandemic. Visit this free installation of joyful artworks, paired with quotes from the creators, and revisit the powerful moment rainbows became an international signal of hope.
The Undiscovered Family Trail
Sculpture, Room 21a
Visit The Imagination Station in the Sculpture Galleries and follow the Undiscovered Museum trail around the museum. Peek through the eye hole to discover hidden parts of the building and its collections .Available on 19, 20, 23-27, 30 Dec - 3 Jan between 10.00 - 17.30. Or go online and explore the museum's seasonal collection highlights.
Renaissance Watercolours: from Dürer to van Dyck
The Renaissance Watercolour exhibition brings together 200 rarely-seen masterpieces, including vibrant sketches by Leonardo da Vinci and Sir Anthony van Dyck. Exploring the development of watercolour painting during the Renaissance and the ‘Age of Discovery’, the exhibition celebrates its pivotal role in documenting, interpreting and understanding places, nature and people.
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