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What’s on in May? Kensington museum guide

Royal Garden Hotel is ideally placed for discovering some of London’s most iconic museums. It is just a short walk from the likes of the Natural History Museum and V&A, meaning there is no excuse to miss them out of your visit.

If you have stayed at the hotel before and experienced these cultural highlights, then you will be pleased to know that as well as the permanent collections, visiting exhibitions make every trip different. During the month of May, there will be several new displays to tempt you back through the museum doors.

Natural History Museum

It is your last opportunity to visit the Natural History Museum’s popular Venom: Killer or Cure exhibition this month. The insightful look into the unique biology of snakes, scorpions and even platypuses comes to an end on 13 May.

Meanwhile, the museum will be taking part in London Craft Week with an event in the Minerals Gallery on 10 May. Curator Robin Hansen and artist Silvia Weidenbach will guide visitors around the highlights from the 185,000 minerals and gems it has on display.

Science Museum

A special exhibition exploring war and its aftermath is set to run at the Science Museum for the whole of May. Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care delves into history to uncover how Britain coped with 57,000 casualties on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916 – a level of medical emergency that was totally unprecedented.

The museum has a vast collection of items relating to the medical operation in the First World War and many of these artefacts will be exhibited in this display. From artificial limbs to blood transfusion kits and field dressings, it provides a way to see how the conflict progressed modern medicine.

As part of the May Lates series, the Science Museum will be hosting a conversation between author Andrea Wulf and science journalist Gaia Vince. They will be discussing the life and legacy of explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, in reference to Wulf’s new book The Invention of Nature. The event will be held on 30 May.


Among the new exhibitions being hosted by the V&A this May is the groundbreaking Fashioned from Nature display. It is the first presentation of its kind to explore the relationship between fashion and nature and how it has evolved from 1600 right up to the present day. This thought-provoking exhibition includes garments created from rare animals, as well as innovative textile technology that can help to protect the natural world.

There is another opportunity to look forward when The Future Starts Here opens on 12 May. Presenting more than 100 objects that could change the way we live, visitors can discover more about everything from artificial intelligence to satellites and smart appliances.

Design Museum

Known as couture’s rebellious outsider, Azzedine Alaia is set to have his first UK solo exhibition at the Design Museum from 10 May. Having dressed the likes of Michelle Obama, Rihanna and Greta Garbo, the couturier proved that refusing to bow to pressure, setting his own deadlines and sewing all his own garments was a recipe for success. This exhibition weaves some of his most iconic clothes into the story of his life and is a must-see for the fashion-conscious.

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