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Top 10 museum exhibitions in London

Check out our pick of the city's top cultural offerings for 2015

Get your diary at the ready: London's top museums are set to showcase an abundance of cracking exhibitions throughout the year. There's always an exciting show to delve into. In 2015, step into the fashion world of Shoes, marvel at the weird and wonderful Designs of the Year, and dive into the wonder of Coral Reefs.
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Animal Tales

This exhibition looks at the history of animals in storytelling, from ancient cave paintings to cat memes. A family trail and children's reading area will keep younger visitors busy.

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British Library, Euston Until Sunday November 1 2015
2

Gnome & Away: Secrets of the Collection

The Garden Museum closes in October 2015 for a £6.6 million redevelopment before reopening in early 2017, but before the transformation period begins they're giving the public one last chance to see their brilliant collection of objects and artworks.

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Garden Museum, Lambeth Until Saturday October 31 2015
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Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

The V&A’s next summer blockbuster exhibition is all about shoes – and we aren’t talking ballet flats, cosy boots or erm… Crocs. 'Pleasure and Pain' focuses on the transformative power of extreme footwear, exploring the agony and ecstasy that a shoe might inspire. Over 200 pairs of shoes past and present have been gathered from all around the world.

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Victoria & Albert Museum, Brompton Until Sunday January 31 2016
4

Alice in Cartoonland

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first publication of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', this exhibition examines how cartoonists have re-imagined the book's characters. Work from the likes of Ralph Steadman, Nicholas Garland and EH Shepard features alongside political cartoons from Steve Bell and Martin Rowson.

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Cartoon Museum, Bloomsbury Until Sunday November 1 2015
5

Nature's Bounty

This exhibition combines deliciously detailed paintings of the world's fruit, vegetables and edible plants with art drawn from some exceptional eighteenth and nineteenth-century books.

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Kew Gardens, Kew Until Sunday January 31 2016
6

Tiger, Mog and Pink Rabbit: A Judith Kerr Retrospective

'The Tiger Who Came to Tea', has been delighting families since it was published in 1968. This exhibition looks at Kerr's experience as a refugee settling in London and how she became an artist and storyteller.

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Jewish Museum, Camden Town Until Wednesday October 14 2015
7

Riviera Style: Resort & Swimwear Since 1900

The seaside has played host to some most extraordinary fashions over the years. Enjoy a full rundown of a century's worth of beach outfits at this exhibition of clothes for leisure, including such out-there gems as beach pyjamas, palazzo pants and burkinis.

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Fashion and Textile Museum, London Bridge Until Sunday September 13 2015
8

Prize for Illustration: London Places and Spaces

The brief for this competition was to capture something of London's unique character using the city's places and spaces as inspiration. There sure are plenty of those to choose from, so visitors to this exhibition of the top 100 entries can expect to see an imaginative range of artworks, each of which will be accompanied by an explanation of the place or space which inspired it.

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London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Until Sunday September 6 2015
9

Bloom

The Horniman's recently redeveloped Natural History Gallery houses this display of work by artist and academic, Edward Chell. The 40 painted panels on show are inspired by plants within the Horniman Gardens as well as rare books in the archive.

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Horniman Museum, Forest Hill Until Sunday December 6 2015
10

Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture

How artists see themselves and us has captivated the public for centuries. Here the V&A brings together the works of 20 artists including Julian Opie, Grayson Perry, Thomas Ruff, Maud Sulter and Gavin Turk to form an overview of contemporary portraiture.

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V&A, Brompton Until Sunday April 24 2016

Comments

4 comments
Lynn
Lynn

I must be missing something - i only see 9! And i don't see the Bowie at the V&A and that simply MUST be on there!

David
David

And the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition opening on Monday is'nt even mentioned !

ian
ian

yes and what can i do TODAY please!