I’ve put together a list of the main exhibitions showing around town now, so you can find them all in one place. Dont forget that most of the venues have kids art packs ready for you when you arrive, which will keep the kids entertained and guide you around the galleries. You often get free pencils and goodies in the packs too.
I havent managed to visit many of theses museums this Autumn yet, but don’t hold me back I love a challenge! Check my instagram feed, as I’m always posting photos of the places the #busstopkids visit, so you can see for real what the kids like, and find inspiration for places to visit.
Please leave me a comment if you find any great places to visit, or tips on what is and isn’t cool for the kids, as it’s always more fun when we hang out at the Bus Stop together. Enjoy xo
Design Museum : Cycle Revolution (18 Nov – 30 June)
Cycle Revolution celebrates the diversity of contemporary cycling in Britain from every day commuting to Olympic level competition and looks at where design and innovation may take the riders of the future.
All fans of Victorian History, Jaqueline Wilson, London, Hogarth and Great Ormand Street will enjoy a visit to The Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury, The museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. There are various small exhibitions in this charming building, take a look at 26 Pairs of Eyes an exhibition in which 26 writers, including former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, have been paired with 26 objects from the Foundling Museum Collection and responded with 26 ‘sestudes’ – texts exactly 62 words long.
The Whitechapel Gallery : The Name of Fear (Until 25th October) & Richard Tuttle
Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander’s (b. 1967) new installation explores childhood fears, in a display of vibrant handmade capes that combines elements of drawing, textiles, design, performance and writing.The artist worked with children aged 7 to 9 from across London to gather a collection of fears – ranging from ‘heights’ and ‘bees’, to ‘strangers’ and ‘nightmares’, and the more abstract ‘silence’.
The Jewish Museum : Tiger, Mog and Pink Rabbit: A Judith Kerr Retrospective (until 14 October 2015)
As well original artwork from her best-loved books, the display also includes the drawings she made as a child refugee fleeing Nazi Germany. These were the inspiration for her celebrated title, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.
Photo c/o Judith Kerr, Mog on rooftop © Kerr Kneale Productions.
The Natural History Museum, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015/26 will open Mid October
Enjoy more than 100 of the best nature photographs exhibited on sleek backlit panels.Explore how new categories introduced this year have encouraged photographers to think differently about the way they tell stories and use innovative technologies. 25th September is their Annual Festival of Science. Check the website for a list of activities scheduled throughout the day.
War, Art and Surgery at Hunterian Museum (until 14 Feb)
Explore the relationship between war and surgery, past and present. With unprecedented access to military facilities, artist Julia Midgley has created over 150 pieces of reportage artwork depicting military surgeons in training and recently-wounded soldiers on their road to recovery.
Qvist Gallery and Art Cases, Hunterian Museum. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm.
The Science Museum ; Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age (18 Sept to 13th March 2016)
Discover the story of Russian space travel in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition Explore the historical, cultural and spiritual context of Russian space travel, shaped especially by the turbulent early decades of the twentieth century. See poignant testimonies and memorabilia belonging to some of the biggest names in spaceflight and discover the deeply personal stories of the pioneers who kick-started the space age.
The House of Illustration : EH Shepard: An Illustrator’s War
See a different side to one of the greatest illustrators of the 20th century in this major exhibition of E.H. Shepard’s war illustrations. Best known for his drawings for Winnie the Pooh and The Wind in the Willows, as well as his regular work for Punch magazine, E.H. Shepard also produced a substantial body of work while serving as an officer in the Royal Artillery in the First World War.
Glenn Ligon at Camden Arts Centre
This is the first exhibition of the American artist in a public UK gallery. His is a typographic art which mixes writing with painting. Free, until 11 January 2015
V&A Museum : Shoes: Pleasure and Pain runs now-31 January 2016 Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860 until 11 October
The Shoes exhibition looks at the extremes of footwear from around the globe, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers. The India & Burma exhibition will feature some of the earliest and most striking views of the landscape and architecture of India and Burma, by a pioneering British photographer. Part of the V&A India Festival.
London Transport Museum : Night Shift London After Dark (now until 10 April 2016)
The Night Shift exhibition delves into the dark side of transport in London and explores the power of publicity and the world of the night shift over the last century. Eye catching transport posters highlight the rise of the West End and the growth of the leisure economy, whilst archive photographs and films document the development of transport to meet the needs of Fleet Street and other night workers. Wartime Tube sheltering, the burgeoning nightclubbing scene and hard hitting safety campaigns bring the story up to date and cast new light on the contemporary 24 hour city.
Museum of London : A Bear Called Paddington & Crime Uncovered
Created with the support of the Metropolitan Police Service and the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC), the exhibition will consider the changing nature of crime and advances in detection over the last 140 years, as well as the challenges faced in policing the capital, such as terrorism, drugs and rioting
Explore the wonderful world of plants on a massive scale. This interactive exhibition brings visitors up close to all kinds of fantastic plant life. Also showing now is Revisiting Romania: Dress and Identity ( now until 01 September 2016) Exploring how Romanian folk art has been used to express social and political ideas within the village and on the national and international stage. And, Bloom (runs now until 06 December 2015) A series of individually painted panels by artist Edward Chell inspired by cyanotypes and plants from our museum and gardens.
Tate Modern : The World Goes Pop (17 Sept – 24 Jan) & Sigmar Polke (until 15 Feb)
Groundbreaking attempt to place pop art in its global context or another rehash of familiar names and images? The World Goes Pop examines not so much a movement as a variety of responses to culture under capitalism and consumer culture. With artists from Brazil to the former Yugoslavia, Japan to Colombia, and an emphasis on women, The World Goes Pop focuses on figures often written out of the story: the overlooked, the ignored and the marginal. Everything is pop, even when it isn’t. copyright Adrian Searle
Geffreye Musem : Homes Of The Homeless: Seeking Shelter In Victorian London (now until 25 July 2015)
Contemporary homelessness will be explored in Home and Hope, a free display of artwork, photography and poetry, showing young people’s experiences of homelessness in London today. This is a collaborative project with New Horizon Youth Centre, a day centre in King’s Cross working with young people who are vulnerable, homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
Royal Academy of Arts : Ai Weiwei (19 Sept – 13 Dec)
Straddling the poetic and the political, Ai Weiwei’s work is trouble. Sculptor, conceptualist, architect, blogger, top-level blackjack player and critic of corruption and social injustice, Ai is the most famous and outspoken artist to emerge from post-revolutionary China. This has led him into serious difficulties in his homeland, including a period of detention, the removal of his passport and the demolition of his Shanghai studio by the authorities. For all that, as an artist Ai is a maker of beautiful, sorrowful and acerbic things. This long-overdue survey should allow us to focus more on the art, less on the man.
National Gallery : Goya: The Portraits (7 Oct – 10 Jan) & Rembrandt the Late Works
Realist, caricaturist, critic and lover, Goya’s confrontations with royalty, politicians, doctors, lovers, children and, most tellingly, himself are filled with cruelty and empathy, humour and affection. He is unsurpassable, and the flaws in his art make it even more wrenching. Goya’s portraiture deserves a show bigger than even the National Gallery can provide, in what is claimed to be the first exhibition to focus entirely on this side of his work.
Imperial War Museum : Fighting Fronts
See how the war started, why it continued, how the Allies won and its impact on people’s lives across the globe. Walk through a recreated trench with a Sopwith Camel plane swooping low overhead as a Mark V Tank looms above you. Explore the war at sea and campaigns in the Middle East, Africa, Gallipoli and the Western Front.
The British Museum : Faith After the Pharaohs (29 Oct – 7 Feb) & Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns (until 6 Dec)
Egypt is the home to a diverse religious history has generated extraordinary art. Coptic Christianity has its own unique style, with touching, almost naive portraits and manuscripts, ancient monasteries and churches. This minority tradition has coexisted with the majority religion, Islam, whose own architectural and artistic splendour shapes the best-preserved quarters of Egyptian cities. Yet there is also a rich Jewish history in the country, and this, too, is explored. Not only does it show that Egypt has carried on being a great cultural centre long after the age of the pyramids: it also reminds us of the complexity and pluralism of life, art and history in the Middle East.
The Wellcome Collection : Alice Anderson : Memory Movement Memory Objects (now until 18 Oct)
Over 100 works by acclaimed artist Alice Anderson are displayed at Wellcome Collection. How do we remember the past and commit moments to memory? Anderson’s beautiful and uncanny sculptures will prompt you to rediscover things you thought you already knew.Take part in the exhibition by mummifying a 1967 Ford Mustang and other objects with copper wire in ‘The Studio, the first of five areas in the gallery. Visit the exhibition desk outside the gallery to book your slot.