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What’s on in September? Kensington museum guide

The summer may be over and the children heading back to school, but there’s still plenty to look forward to in Kensington. The royal district’s museums have a packed schedule throughout the year, and September is no different.

Step outside the Royal Garden Hotel and discover the world-class museums in its neighbourhood.

Natural History Museum

Throughout September, there are two ongoing exhibitions at the Natural History Museum that are sure to draw the crowds. Whales: Beneath the Surface coincides with the impressive blue whale skeleton that has found a home in the Hintze Hall and explores the lives of these mighty creatures.

More than 70,000 species are celebrated at The Art of British Natural History exhibition, which is also continuing this month. Showcasing some of the country’s most iconic animals as captured by artists and scientists alike, it’s a display not to be missed.

Other events include behind-the-scenes tours of the museum’s spirit collection; the chance to become a scientist for the day at Investigate for families; and Dawnosaurs – a chance for children on the autistic spectrum to learn about exhibits in a special early morning session.

The Science Museum

This month is your last opportunity to see Our Lives in Data at The Science Museum. The long-running exhibition, which looks at the way that data is transforming the modern world, comes to an end on 24 September.

Time is also running out for the John Dalton FRS exhibition, which will close on 1 October. See how one of the most important names in the history of science came about his atomic theory and what it means for the study of chemistry to this day.


September is an exciting time at the Victoria and Albert Museum, as it is when the London Design Festival is held. Comprising installations, talks, tours and workshops, there’s a real buzz about the galleries during this annual event.

Kicking off on 16 September and running until 24 September, London is presented as the design capital of the world, with many of the city’s top names contributing to the event. One particular highlight will be Reflection Room by Flynn Talbot, which will transform the Prince Consort Gallery into an immersive coloured-light experience.

Design Museum

As part of the continuing California: Designing Freedom exhibition, you can take a closer look at a small group of architects and photographers who documented the culture of Los Angeles from 1969. Environmental Communications: Seeing Los Angeles in the 1970s is a fascinating display that goes hand-in-hand with the headline exhibition.

Coming to an end this month is Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius. See this exhibition, featuring numerous installations, before 24 September and be amazed at the exploration of colour, shapes, materials, shadows and reflections and how they can be manipulated.




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