The kids are off school. You may get the odd day off to spend away from work. But what is there to do? London offers a vast programme of exhibitions and events during the summer months, but with so much to choose from, it can become a chore trawling through the recommendations. So here is a short roundup of some of the best exhibitions to visit this August!
Mammoths – The Natural History Museum
They have been extinct for thousands of years…but this year you can come face to face with some of the largest mammoths that walked the Earth. Discover massive fossils, incredible skeletons and life-sized models of the beasts, as you imagine a land covered in snow dominated by giant woolly mammoths.
Adult tickets are £10, with children aged 4-16 at £6. Children under 3 go free.
Useful & Beautiful – Geffrye Museum
‘Useful & Beautiful’ at the Geffrye Museum showcases how design is fundamental to the home and domestic life. Bringing together work from a range of designers, new talent and established industry figures, the exhibition includes furniture, wallpaper, lighting and homeware, spilling out into the museums gardens.
The museum itself is a little known treasure. Located on Kingsland Road, East London, the Geffrye incorporates the history of the family home, from the Tudor period through to the modern day.
‘Useful & Beautiful’ is £5 per ticket and runs until 25th August.
Ancient Lives, New Discoveries – British Museum
If you are a self-confessed fan of the Egyptian section at the British Museum, then this is the perfect exhibition for you. Unravelling the mysteries of mummification, visitors are able to virtually explore inside mummy cases and examine the bodies underneath the wrappings. The exhibition focuses on eight mummies in particular, bringing to life their personal stories.
Using state of the art, non-invasive technology, including CT Scanning and 3D visualisation, the museum continues to build on its outstanding reputation for bringing together historical context and modern day technology to uncover some of the past’s most thrilling secrets.
Booking is recommended. Adult tickets are £10 and under-16s go free.
The Glorious Georges – Historic Royal Palaces
2014 marks the ascension of George I to the throne, sparking a 116 year legacy of four King Georges. The events at Hampton Court Palaces, Kew Palace and Kensington Palace this year are designed to pay homage to this legacy, and the fantastic institutions, habits and traditions that came to life during the reign of the Georges.
Visit the palaces this summer to see the courtiers of the Georgian courts and even the Georges themselves. There is a programme of events happening throughout the summer months, so pop along and see history come alive!
Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude – National Maritime Museum
Another anniversary exhibition takes place at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, as ‘Ships, Clocks and Stars: The Quest for Longitude’ arrives at the museum marking 300 years of the passing of the Longitude Act.
This landmark exhibition looks at the methods sailors used to solve the problems of navigation at sea, and how such methods could prevent terrible fates such as shipwrecks and starvation. Visitors can explore the rivalries and inventions of the most famous nautical minds of the 17th & 18th centuries, including Galileo and Captain Cook.
Located in beautiful Greenwich, by the Cutty Sark and Queens House, you could easily spend the day here and take advantage of the inclusive tickets on offer for the Greenwich attractions.