The first major UK exhibition dedicated to the history of skateboarding.
Curated by skater and author Jonathan Olivares, the exhibition tells the story of the skateboard's design. Starting in the 1950s and sliding into the present day, the exhibition positions the skateboard as a cultural phenomenon and symbol of a global community.
Showcasing the designs of early prototypes alongside today’s technologically advanced models, the exhibition will display around 90 rare boards next to over 100 other pieces of hardware, magazines and retro ephemera. Visitors will learn how skateboarders have overcome sidewalks, swimming pools and skate parks, creatively designing new boards to suit their performance, style and surroundings.
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224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, Greater London, W8 6AG
020 3862 5900
Open daily, 10am – 6pm (last exhibition entry 5pm) The museum is open late on Fridays and Saturdays until 9pm (last admission 7pm).
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All visitors, except members, must pre-book tickets online for paid exhibitions.
Our permanent collection is free and open daily from 10:00 to 17:45, no pre-booking is needed.
Admission slots can be booked onsite with the help of our Visitor Assistants.
Cashless purchases only. Credit/debit card or mobile payments will be accepted at the shops. However, a £1 coin is needed for the lockers (a token can be purchased by card at our Ground floor shop).
We have a brand new café located on the Ground floor – London Grade Coffee.
The library and restaurant remain closed until further notice.
Hand sanitiser stations are available onsite.
Our bike parking capacity has been doubled so that more people can cycle to the museum.
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