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The Hive

This summer, critically acclaimed structure The Hive comes to Kew Gardens
Artist illustration of The Hive

The Hive was designed by Wolfgang Buttress and was inspired by scientific research into the health of bees. 

The installation is made from thousands of pieces of aluminium and provides a unique experience which changes constantly as orchestral sounds and LED lights respond to activity within a real beehive. 

With a wildflower meadow leading the way to The Hive, it will be a truly immersive, multi-sensory experience and will take visitors on a journey, exploring the vital role of bees and other pollinators in feeding the planet.

At 17 metres high it has been the spectacular centrepiece at the 2015 Milan Expo and will be a captivating addition to Kew’s already impressive range of iconic buildings. 

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The Hive will open to the public on 18 June 2016. It will remain a feature in the Gardens through to the end of 2017 with the exact date of closure to be confirmed. Sign up to emails or follow us on social media to keep up to date. Links below.


Entry to The Hive will be included in a day admission ticket to Kew. Save when you book online. Tickets bought online are valid for entry into the Gardens (including The Hive) on any one day within 30 days of date selected. Friends of Kew enter free.

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