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WHAT’S ON IN OCTOBER? KENSINGTON MUSEUM GUIDE

Autumn has well and truly set in, making the need for indoor options to keep everyone happy on a visit to London all the more important. Luckily, there are some world-class museums in Kensington that have interesting and constantly changing exhibits and events to entertain the whole family.

So, what’s on in October?

Natural History Museum

From 10 October, visitors to the Natural History Museum are invited to drop into the Specimen Preparation Area in the Cocoon. This is where curators and volunteers will be working hard to digitise items from the collection of Joseph Banks. The aim is to bring more of the 18th century plant collector’s specimens to the masses and you could see the process of them being brought into the 21st century.

Nearly 50,000 entries from 92 different nations were submitted to the 53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards and the best 100 are to go on show at the Natural History Museum. The exhibition opens to the public on 20 October and everything from pangolins to bald eagles are represented.

The Science Museum

October sees a special season of exhibits and events kick off at the Science Museum entitled Illuminating India. They look at the fascinating way the country has contributed to the worlds of science, technology and mathematics over the centuries. From 4 October, photos spanning 1857 to 2017 will be on show. After that, everything from a tea-blending workshop to a symposium will be held at the museum.

In a fun event for half term, the Science Museum will be bringing Power UP back for a second year in a row. It will feature 180 games consoles from the last four decades and give parents the opportunity to share some of their favourites with their kids. If you are or were a gaming nut, it’s a family event you won’t want to miss.

V&A

It's all about music at the V&A this month with two exhibitions that are sure to make your heart sing. The first, Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, opens on 30 September. It is a collaboration with the Royal Opera House and follows the evolution of the form from its early days in Italy during the Renaissance period right up to the present day.

At the other end of the musical spectrum is a celebration of the progressive and psychedelic rock band Pink Floyd. From 15 October, fans of the group will be able to go on an audio-visual journey from Pink Floyd’s early days in the 1960s right up to modern times.

Design Museum

Visitors to the Design Museum will be given the opportunity to see the most innovative new designs in a variety of areas when its latest exhibition opens on 18 October. From architecture, digital and fashion to graphics, products and transport, the Beazley Designs of the Year display showcases trends across many industries.

Accompanying the exhibition is an online public vote to help a jury of experts to crown the winners. The results will be announced in January 2018.

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