The exhibitions your group won’t want to miss

Date Posted: 13/12/2018

Whether you want to explore the body, the arts, or space travel, there is an exhibition out there to suit. Here are some of the exhibitions your group can enjoy during 2019.

1.    A journey into space

We’ve all heard about British astronaut, Tim Peake’s iconic trip into space but now, for a limited time, visitors can experience it for themselves during a trip to the National Museum Cardiff. The exhibition is on until 10th February, and features the spacecraft that brought Tim Peake back to Earth from the International Space Station, as well as his emergency spacesuit, the spacecraft antenna and an array of interactive displays. Finish off a visit by taking part in your own descent from space in the virtual reality experience.

2.    Travel through the body

If you’re looking for a unique exhibition experience, then BODYWORLDS is it. Recently opened in London Piccadilly, the flagship museum experience will transport visitors on a journey, not just through the galleries but through the human body. Featuring real human specimens, it’s not one for the faint-hearted but if you’re curious about the workings of your body, this is the one for you.  

3.    A royal day out

The 200th anniversaries of the birth of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are set to be celebrated during 2019, with exhibitions at both Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace in the monarch’s memory. Visitors to Kensington will walk through recreated rooms and will be able to see items that have never before been exhibited from May.

Image: Pair of shoes worn by Queen Victoria (Photo Credit: Historic Royal Palaces)

Meanwhile, at Buckingham Palace from 20th July to 29th September, Queen Victoria’s Palace will tell the story of her life there, and how she made it a powerful symbol of the British monarch, as well as a family home.

4.    For art lovers

Art lovers are in for a treat during 2019, as the Tate gears up to feature its first Vincent van Gogh exhibition since 1947, while the Royal Collection Trust will host a travelling exhibition of artwork to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci.

The Tate’s display, running from 27th March to 11th August, will bring together 45 works by the artist to reveal how he was inspired by Britain, and how he influenced British artists. Meanwhile, 144 of da Vinci’s drawings are set to go on display in 12 simultaneous exhibitions across the UK in February, before 200 of his drawings are brought together at Buckingham Palace in May and 80 drawings go on display at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland.

5.    At one with nature

Wordsworth House in Cumbria will welcome two separate exhibitions this year, both of which will showcase the surrounding landscapes. The first, This Land is Our Land, will be open between 9th March and 8th September and will explore the power of nature, while the second will run from 16th September to 27th October and will be titled Under Northern Skies. Those looking to explore the environmental concerns of the present day through a series of displays and installations won’t want to miss these exhibitions.

6.    A much-loved musical experience

Beaulieu’s newest exhibition will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the much-loved musical film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The exhibition, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years, will be available to explore at the National Motor Museum until 3rd November. Memorabilia and original film concept art will be on display, alongside the cars and costumes we all know and love.

Lead image: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on display at Beaulieu's National Motor Museum

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