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Calling All Rule Breakers!

The World's most prank-packed comic (The Beano, obvs) is taking over Somerset House!

Beano Team
Last Updated:  July 23rd 2021

Do your mum and dad ever drag you round dusty old museums where everyone keeps saying “Don’t touch anything!!”? Bleugh! 

Well, say goodbye to rules, boredom and being told NOT to do stuff and prepare for your favourite Beano characters to shake things up as we celebrate the spirit of mayhem-making and rule-breaking… with our major new blam-tastic Beano exhibition this autumn!

Forget dusty displays and ghastly galleries – this is one trip to the museum you won’t want to miss!

You’ll be able to take trip into actual Beanotown to find out how this brilliant and beloved British comic has fired up previous generations to break the rules for almost a century!

You’ll come face-to-face with the Beano gang – including Dennis, Minnie, Bananaman and the Bash Street Kids – through original comic artwork, amazing artefacts and interactive displays.

And you’ll also get the chance to smash stuff, make stuff, see stuff and create stuff – all while getting to know the Beano like never before. Have we mentioned a new catapult game, which allows visitors to take a (virtual) aim at the world’s greatest works of art?

You’ll also experience today’s greatest creative rule-breakers, with contributors including Alex Wheatle, Phyllida Barlow, Martin Creed, Chris Sievey, Bob Stanley, Horace Panter (The Specials), Fischli/Weiss, Beryl Cook, Jann Haworth, Rene Matic, Babak Ganjei and Ryan Gander, Sarah Lucas, Hardeep Pandhal, Heather Phillipson and many more great artists to be announced.

Also watch out for a blamtastic new competition launching this August in the Beano comic, which could see your own ideas included in the exhibition!

So, if your experience of museums up to now has been a bit, well, meh… then prepare to have your mind blown by Beano!