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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The Ministry Recommends - Holiday Exhibitions!

It's that time of year again- everyone is finishing work and preparing for a glorious few days of respite to celebrate the festive season. Many of us will be heading out of the metropolis into the countryside, but we know quite a few will be spending the next week in one of the most Christmassy cities in the world- London. Whether your family is coming to you, you are planning a day trip into town, you are a native Londoner, or spending the holidays solo - an exhibition is a brilliant festive idea. So here are our top tips for London exhibitions to visit with friends, family, dates, and even Grinches. 

Institute of Sexology at the Wellcome Collection. Good for: Those who've seen it all, Friends, Dates

Sex for Christmas? Who doesn't love a visit to the Wellcome Collection for it's creative, intriguing and challenging blend of art, science and history. Looking at pornography, early sex research, Victorian fetishists and contemporary art... well it certainly will make for a memorable day out. 

Christmas Past at the Geffrye Museum. Good for: Parents, Families, Grandparents, In-laws

Yes it's back - that holiday classic- it's Christmas Past at the Geffrye Museum. If you are from London you've probably been to visit many times, but actually the museum changes it's period rooms each year. With activities for kids and plenty of festive history for adults- it's a winning family trip. Free but actually closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day so check the website. 

Sherlock Holmes at the Museum of London. Good for: Big kids, Friends, In-laws

We really enjoyed this exhibition which is perfect for lovers of the books, films or just the city of London. With something for everyone from memorabilia, art and Victorian objects- Sherlock is a crowd pleaser for whoever you are entertaining. Might be a bit over the heads of little ones though, maybe take them to our next choice...

Information Age at the Science Museum. Good for: Kids, Families, Big kids

Stuck of ideas of what to do with nieces and nephews? If you are looking for an exhibition thats good for kids of all ages (including big kids) we'd definitely recommend the Science Museum's new Information Age gallery. I mean- the Queen visited and sent her first tweet at the opening! Definitely a top museum moment of 2014.

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude at the Courtauld Gallery. Good for: Art lovers, Big kids, Grinches

Tired of all the sugar-y sweetness of Christmas? The Courtauld's exhibition of Austrian expressionist artist Egon Schiele is different, challenging and boundary pushing. Perfect if you want to show off the city's cultural offer! 

Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War at the Imperial War Museum. Good for: Dads, Big kids, In-laws

If you haven't had time to get down to the new First World War galleries at the Imperial War Museum, why not combine a visit with a trip to their complementary art exhibition. Artistic responses to the conflict make a powerful accompaniment to the object based galleries. Perfect for military history lovers, plus both are free!

Late Turner: Painting Set Free at Tate Britain. Good for: Culture Vultures, Grandparents

Some people called him mad- in his life time JMW Turner's late paintings were considered to be, well, a little bit crap and weird. But now the Tate is having another look and explore how these unusual works are intriguing, energetic and surprisingly modern. A great treat for families with grown up kids, culture lovers, and Turner fans. 

Conflict, Time, Photography at the Tate Modern. Good for: Culture Vultures, Those who've seen it all, Dates

Tired of all the Christmas trees and twinkly lights? Take a break and get real with the Tate Modern in their exploration of conflict around the world since the invention of photography. 

Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age at the Barbican. Good For: Culture Vultures, Big kids, Friends

If you are looking for an exhibition for design lovers or maybe just those who are too cool for school - head down to the Barbican and you are sure to win major points for this photographic exhibition of modern architecture (in one of London's most iconic buildings no less). 

Ming: 50 Years that changed China at the British Museum. Good for: Moms, Grandparents, In-laws

Only a few more weeks left to see the British Museum's latest blockbuster show. In this show-stopping exhibition, you'll find beautiful art and objects from China's glittering 15th century rulers, the Ming dynasty.

So now - go forth and make Christmas 2014 a museum-y one! Don't forget, advance booking is recommended for most of these exhibitions, so skip the queues and holiday drama by booking online.

1 comment:

  1. London is such a beautiful place to visit. You have shared amazing festive photos here. You know I am going to Chicago this month, and I will attend a fashion event at Chicago venues. Can you suggest some more events which I can attend?