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Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation
Considering its culture dates back around 55,000 years, we don't get many chances to learn more about indigenous Australia. This exhibition will use objects from the British Museum's collection to tell its story, focusing on complex spiritual relationships with the natural world and the intimate knowledge of the country's unique and diverse environments.
What is Luxury?
Marvel at an entirely handcrafted mechanical timepiece by renowned British watchmaker George Daniels and a golden headphone jack. Desirable objects can also be made from undesirable materials, though; Studio Swine have set human hair in resin to create highly decorative furniture, and one of the diamonds in the collection is made from road kill.
Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s-1990s
This new display at the V&A showcases a variety of photographic responses to black British experience. The pieces have recently been acquired as part of a collaborative project with the Black Cultural Archives which aims to increase the number of black British photographers and images of black Britain in the museum.
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Take a trip to the museum
Looking for ways to keep the kids amused? London's museums offer tonnes to discover and do, and many put loads of effort into making their exhibits accessible to children. What's more, you'll find all kinds of fantastic activities and workshops designed to engage enquiring young minds. You never know, the grown ups might learn something new too... A hit with the kids: London's best museums for families Horniman Museum This anthropological museum has to be one of the most child-friendly venues in all London. Set in 16 acres of landscaped gardens, the Horniman provides extensive facilities for families, including a nature trail, weekend workshops and a Hands On Base where children can touch museum objects. There's an aquarium, and the Nature Base explores the natural world with exhibits including the Horniman Museum beehive. British Museum Rooms 62 and 63 of the Roxie Walker galleries are top of most children's agendas; it's here that the Egyptian mummies reside, exerting an eerie spell over visitors. Inventive and free family events run on Saturdays. Handling sessions take place daily in various galleries and there are some fantastic trail booklets available in the Paul Hamlyn Library that help kids of different ages get the best out of the museum. Natural History Museum The museum splits its exhibits into four colour-coded zones, each with its own marvels. In Blue Zone, a life-size model of a blue whale quietens all but the loudest of kids. Geolo
Enjoy a family-friendly show
Even the smallest members of the family enjoy the odd stage show. Here are the Time Out theatre team's recommendations for which performances will suit the very little ones, the nearly big ones, and the grown ups.
See a fun film with the kids
Need ideas to keep the kids entertained? We suggest a trip to the movies to see one of these family-friendly films. Check out our reviews of the kids movies currently playing in London cinemas or plan ahead with our round-up of upcoming films.
Spend the day playing indoors
London is brimming with options when it comes to indoor play centres. Crammed with climbing frames, slides and bouncy castles, they offer an ideal environment for using up excess energy. Time Out's round-up has something for everyone, from babies and toddlers to older kids. Think we've missed a great soft play centre? Tell us in the comments box below.