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  • Laughing Matters: The State of a Nation

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL
    Laughing Matters: The State of a Nation

    Through over 30 objects, ranging from costumes to scripts, from puppets to music, this display unpicks the punchlines to discover what humour since the Victorian era – whether subversive, surreal, mocking or celebratory – can tell us about what it means to be British today.

  • Undercover: Life in Churchill's Bunker

    Clive Steps, King Charles St, Westminster
    London, SW1A 2AQ
    Undercover: Life in Churchill's Bunker

    Discover the stories of the staff who spent thousands of vital working – and sleeping – hours from 1938 onwards at the Cabinet War Rooms.

    See historic images, objects and interviews with the men and women who worked in the underground hideaway, revealing what it was like to work in secret alongside Winston Churchill during the Second World War.

  • Lumière Mystérieuse

    Sir John Soane's Museum
    13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn
    London, WC2A 3BP
    Lumière Mystérieuse

    Sir John Soane wielded light so successfully that it may as well have been another building material. This exhibition will explore how Soane utilised light, not just through the shapes and ornamentation of his architectural compositions, but also by implementing tools such as top lighting, grilles, coloured glass and mirrors. Together these devices allowed Soane to form lighting effects, as well as effects of shadow and gloom, which dramatically impact the way we experience his work.

    Installed in the Museum’s galleries, the exhibition will illustrate how Soane created various lighting effects and moods by showcasing original drawings alongside the objects, such as stained glass and mirrors, which Soane used to transform the experience of his spaces.

  • Energy Hall

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Energy Hall

    Trace the remarkable story of steam and how it shaped the world we live in today.

    Steam has been the driving force behind British industry for 300 years. Without it, the Industrial Revolution could never have happened. Even now, steam provides 75% of the electricity we use every day.

    Discover an unparalleled collection of historic full-size engines and models. Displays include:

    • The oldest surviving and unaltered atmospheric engine
    • Rotative engines built by James Watt
    • High-pressure engines of the type pioneered by Richard Trevithick
    • A steam turbine designed and built by Charles Parsons
  • Playing with Money: currency and games

    Great Russell Street
    London, WC1B 3DG
    Playing with Money: currency and games

    The 20th century witnessed the transformation of money from precious metals to paper, from credit cards to crypto-currencies, all against a fluctuating financial backdrop. These changes are chronicled in the evolution of childhood games from the 19th century to the present.

    Discover new acquisitions of toy and board game money, including recognisable classics such as Monopoly, as well as notes from other games. Many have economic themes and cover subjects from buying and selling paintings, investing in railways to playing the stock market. Often they comment on society and economics: Class Struggle is a Marxist critique of capitalism, Ratrace satirises consumerism and Black Friday is a comment on the 2008 financial crash.

    Elsewhere in the exhibition, a fully stocked toy shop from the 1930s and decimalisation games from the 1960s, remind us that playing with money is essential for understanding how the world works. The exhibition playfully shows how skills and experiences we acquire in our formative years inform our adult lives.

  • Challenge of Materials

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Challenge of Materials

    Explore and experience the properties of materials in our eye-opening Challenge of Materials gallery.

    Walk across a magnificent glass bridge suspended by steel wires spanning the main hall. Discover historic gems, state-of-the-art materials and bizarre items, such as a steel wedding dress. You'll also see art installations from around the world.

    From cotton, wood and glass to titanium alloys, visit this gallery to discover a wide variety of materials.

  • Making the Modern World

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Making the Modern World

    Chart 250 years of science and technology and discover some of the most iconic items that have shaped our society.

    The Making the Modern World gallery presents some of the Museum’s most remarkable objects. Come face-to-face with the Apollo 10 command module, Babbage’s Difference Engine No. 1, Crick and Watson’s DNA model and the first Apple computer.

    You’ll also find thought-provoking objects such as penicillin from Fleming’s laboratory, a porcelain bowl salvaged from Hiroshima and a clock that will tell the time for the next 10,000 years.

    Visit this exceptional gallery to follow the cultural history of industrialisation from 1750 to the present day.

  • My Model City

    Horniman Museum and Gardens
    100 London Rd, Forest Hill
    London, SE23 3PQ
    My Model City

    My Model City, my dream today, our dreams tomorrow.

    What might the city of the future look like? And whose ideas, needs and dreams should shape it?

    My Model City is the testing ground for a new vision of urban life, explored through an installation created by young people from Peckham Platform and the Horniman, in collaboration with muf architecture/art. 

  • British Dinosaurs: From Fossils to Feathers

    Akeman Street, Tring
    Hertfordshire, HP23 6AP
    British Dinosaurs: From Fossils to Feathers

    Go on an adventure around Britain and discover why it's the birthplace of dinosaur studies.

    Explore the surprising diversity of British dinosaur species and find out about the dinosaurs that still live among us in our gardens and parks.

    Exhibition highlights:

    • Come face-to-face with the cast of a Baryonyx walkeri skull and see how massive it could grow with backbone specimens found in Surrey.
    • Stand up tall and measure yourself against the femur and tibia of an Iguanodon, one of the first dinosaurs to be discovered.
    • See the complete skeleton of a young Hypsilophodon foxii, discovered on the Isle of Wight.
    • Chomp! How do your teeth compare to Megalosaurus bucklandii teeth found in Oxfordshire? 
  • Victoria: A Royal Childhood and Victoria: Woman and Crown at Kensington Palace

    Kensington Gardens
    London, W8 4PX
    Victoria: A Royal Childhood and Victoria: Woman and Crown at Kensington Palace

    Mark the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth by visiting Victoria: A Royal Childhood and Victoria: Woman and Crown at Kensington Palace.

    Step back in time as you explore the rooms where Victoria spent her formative years under the watchful gaze of her mother, the Duchess of Kent. Delve into a scrapbook of mementos created by Victoria's German governess, Baroness Lehzen, to glimpse at the royal upbringing of a girl destined to be queen.

    Then make your way to the Pigott Gallery, where the second part of the exhibition looks at the private woman behind the public monarch, as well as her later life and legacy.

    Learn about Victoria's family life, friendships and interests, including her fascination for India, as you discover extracts from her diaries inscribed in Urdu and pieces from her private wardrobe, which go on display for the first time. Look out for a cotton petticoat dated to around the time of her marriage and a striking pair of silver boots.

  • Typhoon Force


    London, SW7 2DD
     Typhoon Force

    Fuel your adrenaline and feel what it's like to fly a low level mission in the RAF's latest Typhoon jet.

    Our new simulator takes you on an action-packed flight, demonstrating the aircraft's manoeuvrability through the beautiful landscapes of North Wales and the Lake District.

    Experience the thrill of riding in the cockpit of this impressive aircraft, with a rapid descent from 40,000 feet, formation flying with a second Typhoon and landing at RAF Coningsby.

    Located in our Fly Zone gallery on Level 3, this flight simulator offers a state-of-the-art audio-visual presentation that gets you closer to the action than ever before.

  • Slavery, culture & collecting

    No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay
    London, E14 4AL
    Slavery, culture & collecting

    The latest display in the London, Sugar and Slavery gallery at the Museum of London Docklands highlights the connection to slavery of some of Britain's oldest cultural organisations. See a map of how London's Docklands are connected to slavery.

    Slavery, culture and collecting follows slave owner and art collector George Hibbert, a prominent member of a large subsection of British society which derived its wealth directly from the slave economy. These figures were often active philanthropists, and are commemorated in memorials for their associations with charitable causes, while their connections to slavery are invisible even today.

    Hibbert was instrumental in building the West India Docks which now house the Museum of London Docklands. This connection positions the museum as an important place to think about the relationship between slavery and cultural heritage.

    The wealth generated by slavery was used to create cultural institutions such as museums, universities, art galleries and charities. Advocates of slavery would then use culture in their arguments for the continuing use of enslaved labour, on the grounds that Africans needed the "civilising influence" of Europe.

    The display contains a short film, as well as objects from the collection to encourage further debate around this challenging issue.

  • Engineer Your Future

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Engineer Your Future

    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.

    Visit our interactive exhibition for teens thinking about their futures, where challenges, games and films will help you understand what engineers do—and find out whether this could be a job for you.

  • Discovery Motion Theatre: Legend of Apollo

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Discovery Motion Theatre: Legend of Apollo

    Based on the Apollo lunar landings of 1960s and 1970s, this film's exceptional 3D computer animation will fly you to the moon, where you can experience the sights and sounds of an Apollo expedition.

    Spread across two rooms, the Discovery Motion Theatre experience begins with a documentary style pre-show film. Following the documentary, collect your 3D glasses and enjoy the animated Legend of Apollo 3D film with physical special effects, which may include water, wind, flashing lights and moving seats.

  • Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
    Top Secret: From ciphers to cyber security

    From the trenches of the First World War to the latest in cyber security, Top Secret explores over a century’s worth of communications intelligence through hand-written documents, declassified files and previously unseen artefacts from the Science Museum Group's and GCHQ’s historic collections.

    Trace the evolution of the gadgets and devices used to conceal crucial messages and to decode the secrets of others. Hear from GCHQ staff doing top secret work to defend against terror attacks and serious crime and discover the challenges of maintaining digital security in the 21st century.

    Explore the story of Alan Turing and the team of Bletchley Park codebreakers who broke the Enigma code in 1941, uncover spy-craft from 1960’s Cold War espionage and challenge your friends and family to become codebreakers in our interactive puzzle zone.

    Top Secret coincides with the 100th anniversary of GCHQ, the UK’s Intelligence, Security and Cyber agency.

  • Buckingham Palace tour: summer opening 2019


    London, SW1A 1AA
    Buckingham Palace tour: summer opening 2019

    Visit the official London residence of the Queen, as Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public every summer.

    Explore the lavishly furnished State Rooms of one of the world's few remaining working royal palaces, and look out for some of the Royal Collection's greatest treasures on display.

    Highlights of the Buckingham Palace summer opening include:

    • Paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto and Claude
    • Sculpture by Canova and Chantrey
    • Exquisite examples of Sèvres porcelain
    • Some of the finest English and French furniture in the world
  • Sol Calero: El Autobús

    Tate Britain
    Millbank, Westminster
    London, SW1P 4RG
    Sol Calero: El Autobús

    Tate Liverpool presents a new commission by Berlin-based artist Sol Calero (born in Caracas, Venezuela, 1982). Calero’s work takes the form of brightly coloured, large-scale immersive installations that explore themes of representation, identity, displacement and marginalisation, all informed by her own perspective as a migrant.

    Calero’s new commission, El Autobús 2019, is inspired by a recent journey through Latin America. Visitors are invited to travel through the Wolfson Gallery, exploring the floor-to-ceiling mural which overwhelms the space with a landscape of patterns, panoramic views, floral motifs and architectural elements.

    Rooted in the centre of the gallery is a bus-like structure, which is reminiscent of the buses used by locals in Latin America. Visitors are encouraged to jump aboard to continue their own journey through the exhibition. Listen out for bus announcements, which promise to take you to destinations that can never be reached.

  • Who Am I?

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Who Am I?

    What makes you smarter than a chimp? What makes you smile? What makes you, you?

    Who Am I? invites you to 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 in our brand-new interactive exhibits.

    Investigate some of the characteristics that make humans such a successful species, such as personality, intelligence and language.

    Reflect on the big questions that new techniques in science are raising, and explore how your genetics and brain combine to create your unique identity.

  • Manga マンガ

    Great Russell Street
    London, WC1B 3DG
    Manga マンガ

    Enter a graphic world where art and storytelling collide in the largest exhibition of manga ever to take place outside of Japan.

    Manga is a visual narrative art form that has become a multimedia global phenomenon, telling stories with themes from gender to adventure, in real or imagined worlds.

    Immersive and playful, the exhibition will explore manga’s global appeal and cultural crossover, showcasing original Japanese manga and its influence across the globe, from anime to ‘cosplay’ dressing up. This influential art form entertains, inspires and challenges – and is brought to life like never before in this ground-breaking exhibition.

  • Flight

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
    Flight

    From mankind's earliest dreams of flight to the wide-body aeroplanes of today, discover the absorbing story of flight.

    Overhead walkways allow you to get up close to aeroplanes suspended in the air. Examine exhibits from the pioneer days of aviation, including the world's most authentic Antoinette monoplane (1909), Amy Johnson's Gipsy Moth and the Vickers Vimy, which first crossed the Atlantic in 1919.

  • Pattern Pod

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Pattern Pod

    Pattern Pod is an amazing multi-sensory area for children under 8 years old.

    In Pattern Pod, children can explore water ripples without getting their feet wet, create symmetrical images on touch screens, follow robot trails and much more. Fun, interactive exhibits encourage them to recognise and copy patterns—or create entirely new ones of their own.

    Like scientists, children explore the world by trying to make predictions about events happening around them. It’s often easier to make these predictions if these events repeat themselves or if there is a pattern to them.

    There’s something for grown-ups too. Touch screens give fascinating insights into the science behind the exhibits and the ways in which children play and learn.

    Visit Pattern Pod on the ground floor of the museum—it’s a fun and stimulating place where children can learn through play to develop their science skills.

  • Information Age

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     Information Age

    Re-live remarkable moments in history, told through the eyes of those who invented, operated or were affected by the new wave of technology, from the first BBC radio broadcast in 1922 to the dawn of digital TV.

    Discover how wireless technology saved many lives on the Titanic and spread news of the disaster to the world within hours. You can also hear the personal stories of the operators who worked on the Enfield Telephone Exchange, the last manual telephone switchboard.

  • Britain 1500-1900 Tour

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL
    Britain 1500-1900 Tour

    One of our knowledgeable V&A Volunteer Guides will introduce you to the V&A's stunning Britain Galleries which house the most comprehensive collection of British design and artworks in the world.

  • Panorama: London's lost view

    150 London Wall, Barbican
    London, EC2Y 5HN
    Panorama: London's lost view

    The stunning 20 feet wide panorama of London was painted around 1815 by the French artist Pierre Prévost.

    Painted as the Napoleonic Wars drew to a close, the panorama is provides a 360° view of London as the Duke of Wellington would have known it. Looking from the tower of St Margaret’s, the church situated in the shadow of Westminster Abbey, we are presented with a sweeping view over a sunlit city. Dominating the foreground is the Abbey and the old Palace of Westminster (the Houses of Parliament), which burnt down in 1834 and includes the medieval House of Lords Chamber, target of the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

    Prévost made panoramas of many European cities, but this particular example is thought to have been created at the height of his career. His first panorama of London, now lost, was made when he visited the city during the Peace of Amiens in 1802. He is thought to have returned to London in 1815, shortly after the Battle of Waterloo, to create this remarkable image of London.

    This panorama has been acquired with the help of Art Fund, the Aldama Foundation and a group of individual donors, with additional support from Michael Spencer, the Leche Trust and other donors who wish to remain anonymous.

  • Exploring Space

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
    Exploring Space

    From rockets to satellites, probes to landers, this gallery showcases some out-of-this world objects.

    You’ll be able to see a full-sized replica of Eagle—the lander that took astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin to the Moon in 1969. Then discover how we are able to live in space—to breathe, eat, drink and go to the toilet.

    Get a unique insight into the history of rockets. Suspended from the ceiling are two real space rockets—a British Black Arrow and a United States Scout.

    You can also find out how the space age started in 1957 with the launch of Sputnik 1 and see a full-size replica of the Huygens module that landed on Titan in 2005 and a model of the Beagle 2 Mars lander.

  • Fly Kids

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
    Fly Kids

    Take off with the Red Arrows!

    Fly Kids is a pay-as-you-go flight simulator that lets your child experience the sights and sounds of flying with the Red Arrows during one of their aerobatic displays.

  • Door to Design

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL
    Door to Design

    Come and admire the creative and imaginative artworks by pupils of three primary schools - Colville Primary School, St Stephen's CofE Primary School and Sir John Lillie Primary School - who have taken part in ‘Door to Design’, a project for primary school pupils, teachers and families.
    Working with artists and designers, students have created artworks in response to the architecture and design at the V&A for this display.

  • FOOD: Bigger than the Plate

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL
    FOOD: Bigger than the Plate

    From gastronomic experiments to urban farming, this exhibition brings together the politics and pleasure of food to ask how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future.

  • The Garden

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     The Garden

    An exciting interactive space, created especially for children aged 3–6 and their parents and carers.

    Inquisitive children can explore the main areas—construction, water, light and sound. While playing, they can find out about floating and sinking, shadows and reflections, and much more. At the same time, they’ll develop the skills of observing, predicting, testing and drawing conclusions.

    Explainers are on hand to help—you can’t miss them; they all wear bright red T-shirts. They are happy to answer questions or join in the games to make sure that everyone gets the most from the gallery.

    Visit The Garden in the basement of the museum for non-stop fun. From giant tubes that carry whispers to a flying saucer that radiates white light, it’s an ideal place for 3–6-year-olds to discover science through play.

  • BMW Tate Live Exhibition

    Tate Britain
    Millbank, Westminster
    London, SW1P 4RG
    BMW Tate Live Exhibition

    In 2020 Tate Modern’s Tanks will again play host to an exciting series of installations and live performances.

    In 2019, Anne Imhof created a new large-scale commission, Sex. 2018 celebrated the performance pioneer Joan Jonas, while the first exhibition in 2017 included work from a range of artists including Isabel Lewis, CAMP, Wu Tsang, Fred Moten and Fujiko Nakaya.

  • The Clockmakers’ Museum

    Exhibition Road, South Kensington
    London, SW7 2DD
     The Clockmakers’ Museum

    Discover the world’s oldest clock and watch collection in its new home at the Science Museum.

    The collection includes more than 1000 watches, 80 clocks, 25 marine chronometers and a number of fine sundials and examples of hand engraving, mapping the history of innovation in watch and clock making in London from 1600 to the present day.

    Assembled by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and once located in the Guildhall, this remarkable array of timepieces traces the story of the capital’s clockmakers—from their first marine chronometers and mechanical clocks through the evolution of the wristwatch.

    John Harrison was the inventor of the marine chronometer. Among the collection’s highlights are the fifth chronometer he made, which he completed in 1770, and a four-month duration longcase clock by the father of English watchmaking, Thomas Tompion.

  • Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Spirit Collection

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 5BD
    Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Spirit Collection

    Go behind the scenes with our knowledgable science educators for a look at the Museum's fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit.

    As we explore some of the Darwin Centre’s 27 kilometres of shelves, you’ll encounter numerous treasures hidden among the 22 million animal specimens housed here.

    You’ll meet Archie, our 8.62-metre-long giant squid, view specimens collected by Charles Darwin himself and learn more about our cutting-edge research.