Free exhibitions in London
Ever wondered how a science lab manages to breed, feed and store a million fruit flies for experiments? Well, prepared to be amazed. The Crick Institute is offering up a behind-the-scenes look at the methods and people driving the latest scientific advances. And it's not just flies either, with the lid lifted on laser guides, cell growers and tech fixers too.
Luke Jerram’s six-metre glowing sculpture has Nasainspired detail. It’s lighting up the Natural History Museum for the fiftieth anniversary of Apollo 11. We have lift-off!
Noses at the ready – this immersive exhibition looks to tell the story of Barking's industrial past through the power of smell. Sewage, fish and the scent of a fizzy pop factory will all be on display for you to take a whiff at, allowing you to discover what the streets of the east London suburb smelt like 200 years ago. It's certainly not to be sniffed at.
Are you a nerdy child of the 1990s? Then chances are you were reared on two films: ‘Labyrinth’ and ‘The Dark Crystal’. If you always preferred the Gelflings to the Goblin King, we have some good news for you: you can enter the world of Thra this August as part of special exhibition to coincide with the release of the Netflix series ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’. Take a tour of setpieces from the series (like the creepy Skeksis banquet), explore the making-of gallery and meet the puppets modelled on Jim Hensons’s original creations. Try to resist walking through the gallery shouting ‘trial by stone!!’
Work your way through a series of studios housing artists, designers and makers around Hackney Wick at this annual open weekend. Now in its 51st year, the Summer of Love and artists will be invited to explore what that means today, from protest to revolution, to love and unity. With the constant threat of artists having to move out to make way for new builds, it's a good chance to support creative communities operating in spaces like Fish Island, Mother Studios X, The Yard and Stour Space.
Promising a pop-up party for all the senses, this free, drop-in interactive installation allows you to watch or participate in edible experiments that play with your sense of taste, touch, smell, and sight. It’s all in aid of gaining an insight into the complex relationship between stomach microbiome and brain, with scientists and researchers on hand to answer questions and facilitate debate about eating habits and the future of food.
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