WHAT’S ON IN AUGUST? KENSINGTON MUSEUM GUIDE
August is an exciting time to be in London as the city plays host to a plethora of special events throughout the summer. Even the museums have carefully curated exhibitions and new displays for you to enjoy. You don’t need to venture far from the Royal Garden Hotel to experience some of the best, as Kensington is home to a fine selection of world-class museums.
From natural history to design and science to art, this district of London has enough variety to keep the entire family happy throughout the month. Read on to find out what you could discover on the hotel’s doorstep.
Natural History Museum
As ever, there is no shortage of things to get involved with at the Natural History Museum. You can celebrate the huge new blue whale skeleton that has been installed in Hintze Hall by finding out more about these incredible creatures. Whales: Beneath the surface will take you back 50 million years to retrace the evolution of the whale and see how it became a sociable mammal that can communicate across large stretches of ocean.
Now is also the perfect time to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, as it will be drawing to a close at the beginning of September. When you consider that the 100 images were selected from 50,000 entries across 95 countries, it’s clear that the quality is incredibly high.
The Science Museum
There’s nothing like a bit of family rivalry, and you will find just the opportunity to pit yourselves against each other at The Science Museum this summer. The Winton Gallery is now home to Numberjump, a fascinating new board game that explores the everyday applications of mathematics. Whether it’s aeroplanes or enigmas that interest your kids, they are sure to get competitive in this drop-in workshop.
Don’t miss the chance to see the winning entries from this year’s V&A Illustration Awards, which will be on display until 20 August. Covering everything from drawings created for books to submissions from up-and-coming student illustrators, the artwork on show is both beautiful and thought-provoking.
A. Richard Allen won the editorial illustration award for Trump Wave, which was produced to accompany an article in The Sunday Telegraph. Drawing inspiration from Katsushika Hokusai's famous print, Under the Wave off Kanagawa (The Great Wave), Allen incorporated Donald Trump’s iconic hairstyle into the piece.
Ever noticed how many of the items that we use on a daily basis have their origins in California? From iPhones to surfboards, the state is responsible for some of the most-cutting edge design that has shaped our lives in the 21st century. This is explored at California: Designing Freedom, which has taken up residence in Gallery 1 of the Design Museum. Don’t miss this extraordinary transformation from counterculture to Silicon Valley through more than 300 artefacts.
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