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What’s on in February? Kensington museum guide

February is a great month to be in London with lots going on for half term and Valentine’s Day, as well as a packed schedule of events at Kensington’s museums. Whether you’re in the capital for a family break with the kids or on a romantic getaway for just the two of you, stop by one of these fascinating museums for a spot of culture.

Natural History Museum

Another important occasion that falls in February is World Pangolin Day, offering the perfect opportunity to put these unusual creatures in the spotlight. The 17 February edition of Nature Live will be dedicated to the only scaly mammal, so be sure to attend the Attenborough Studio for one of two discussions on the subject.

The Natural History Museum’s Movie Nights series returns in February, with the chance to see some classic films in unique surroundings. That’s right, you will be seated in Hintze Hall, right underneath the huge skeleton of a blue whale. February’s screenings include ET, Alien and Gravity.

The Science Museum

As part of the Illuminating India season that continues at the Science Museum, a series of experts will come together for a fascinating talk. On 3 February, science, innovation and technology will all come under the spotlight, as 5,000 years of Indian advancements are explored. Join Dr Aarathi Prasad, author of In the Bonesetter's Waiting Room: Travels Through Indian Medicine, and others from 08:30-14:00.


It’s the last chance to catch a number of exhibitions that have been running for several months at the V&A Museum. Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion will come to an end on 18 February and Opera: Passion, Power and Politics is due to finish on 25 February.

Fear not, however, as the departure of these displays will make space for some new and exciting exhibits. Ocean Liners: Speed and Style will open on 3 February, bringing with it the glamour and prestige of some of the world’s most famous ships, from the Titanic to the Queen Mary. Think vintage travel posters, items used on board and even a fragment of a panel saved from the Titanic herself.

Design Museum

The Ferrari: Under the Skin exhibition is continuing at the Design Museum throughout February, with a special associated event being held for families during half term. From 12 – 16 February, the Create and Make series will focus on cars and, more specifically, 3D paper models that children can design and create themselves. Pop into the museum with your family between 13:00 and 16:00 to get involved.

Petrolheads may prefer to head to the museum on 2 February for a screening of Andrea Marini’s Ferrari 312B: Where the Revolution Begins. This documentary follows the tale of Paolo Barilla as he worked with engineer Mauro Forghieri to restore a 1970 Ferrari 312B to its former glory and race it at Monte Carlo. The screening starts at 18:00 and is accompanied by a talk.

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