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What’s on in March? Kensington museum guide

Royal Garden Hotel is ideally situated close to some of London’s finest museums, making it convenient for a family visit. These wonderful repositories of culture have ever-changing event schedules meaning there’s always something new to discover. This March, the highlights include the opening of a butterfly house, a computer gaming event, and an evening with Michael Morpurgo. Make sure you get involved during your stay.

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum continues its popular Movie Nights series, in which audiences gather under the huge blue whale skeleton in Hintze Hall. March’s showings include instalments from the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises, which will be popular with families and adults alike.

At the end of the month, the museum’s annual showcase of butterflies and moths will return. From 29 March, you and your kids will be able to find out more about these wonderful flying insects and witness their stunning colours in iridescent glory. From caterpillar to chrysalis and beyond, Sensational Butterflies is an event not to miss.

The Science Museum

Just in time for the Easter holidays, families can enjoy retro gaming at The Science Museum’s Power UP event from 30 March. Returning for its third year, this popular showcase allows parents to share their favourite computer games with their children via 180 consoles. Whether you loved Pac-Man or were an ace at Mario Kart, you can relive the good times at this gaming extravaganza.

It’s the last opportunity to play the museum’s innovative board game that helps connect the dots when it comes to mathematics. Numberjump sessions are available on Saturdays and Sundays up until 25 March, so if you haven’t had a go with your over-fives, then now’s the time to get involved.


Several high-profile exhibitions continue at the V&A throughout March. Most notable among them are Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic and Ocean Liners: Speed and Style. With limited periods to see these displays, it’s worth planning a visit.

The V&A also hosts a wide selection of talks, courses and special events throughout the year. March’s highlight is undoubtedly Michael Morpurgo and a Lifetime in Stories. Join the War Horse author on 10 March to hear about the inspiration for his much-loved books and an insight into his newest work, Flamingo Boy.

Design Museum

An exciting new exhibition that will explore the relationship between graphic design and the political climate is set to descend upon the Design Museum. Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018 will bring home the reality of the monumental changes that have occurred over the past decade and the memes, posters and placards that have helped to bring them about.

From Occupy Wall Street to the Arab Spring and Brexit, recent political events will be put into the spotlight through 160 objects and installations. They will be accompanied by the conversations going on in real-time on social media, where political graphics gain particular traction. The exhibition opens on 28 March.

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