What’s on in June? Kensington Museum Guide
Prince Albert may be most famous as the husband of Queen Victoria, but his legacy in arts and culture can still be seen to this day in South Kensington. That is because the area’s most beloved museums were part of his great vision. They continue to enthral visitors and have been joined by several modern additions. The changing schedule throughout the year means there is always something of interest to discover. Here is what you can expect during July:
Natural History Museum
From 2 June, you can drop by the museum’s Attenborough Studio and watch a fascinating journey unfold beneath the waves. Adventure to the Deep is designed with children aged six and upwards in mind, who will learn what life is like 3,000 metres below the surface of the ocean and come face-to-face with a giant squid.
If you have ever wanted to channel the majesty of the blue whale then now is your chance, as the Natural History Museum is hosting yoga sessions in Hintze Hall from 3 June. Under the shadow of the impressive mammal’s skeleton, you can harmonise breathing, movement and sound to find inner calm.
The month’s one-off talks will include Chimp Life, Wisdom of Wolves and Marvellous Moths of Madagascar. Offering the chance to hear experts and world-renowned scientists discuss this diverse range of topics, these events are scattered throughout the month.
It is the last opportunity to see the Science Museum’s special exhibition Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care, which will finish on 3 June. Taking a look at the impact the Battle of the Somme had on caring for casualties 100 years on, it gives an insight into the evolution of modern medicine.
A newly-launched exhibition, Mission to Mercury: Bepi Colombo, will continue at the museum throughout June. Featuring a full-size engineering model of the first spacecraft to explore Mercury, it is a must-visit for anyone interested in space and specifically the swift planet.
June is set to be a big month for the V&A Museum. Not only is its highly successful Ocean Liners: Speed and Style exhibition coming to an end on 17 June, but it will welcome another highly anticipated display. Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up is set to be the cultural event of the year in London will open to the public on 16 June.
Kahlo was as famous for her personal style as she was her artworks, but her clothes and personal belongings were locked away for five decades after her death. Now, they will be exhibited for the first time outside of her home country of Mexico.
The Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier display that began last month is continuing at the Design Museum throughout June. Discover the stories behind some of the world’s most iconic outfits, worn by Greta Garbo and Michelle Obama, as well as the fascinating tale of the designer’s life.
If you are keen to catch a glimpse of the best in modern craftsmanship, then catch the exhibition of nominees’ work for the LOEWE Craft Prize 2018, before it comes to a close on 17 June. The pieces have been sourced from all over the world and attest to the importance of artisans within culture.
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