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, sink into the avant-garde fashion of Alexander McQueen, marvel at the weird and wonderful Designs of the Year, and dive into the wonder of Coral Reefs.
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Ancient Lives: New Discoveries

Last chance to see this exhibition aiming to unravel the mysteries of mummification. By using new non-invasive procedures, such as CT scanning and 3D visualisation, the British Museum has been able to build up a picture of life in the Nile Valley over 4,000 years.

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British Museum Until Sunday July 12 2015
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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

More than 200 examples of the late designer's astonishingly original works. Responding to record-breaking ticket sales the V&A will open the exhibition throughout the night for the last two weekends of its run (Jul 24-26 and Jul 31-Aug 2).

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V&A Until Sunday August 2 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 Until Sunday January 31 2016
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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 Until Sunday September 6 2015
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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 Until Sunday September 13 2015
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Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style

Rationing didn't only mean a dowdy dinner table – World War II's austerity measures affected clothing too, leaving the British public to adapt their fashions accordingly. Clearly make-do-and-mend was especially effective when it came to clothes, for the results were more casual styles and some ingenious renovating and recycling. This exhibition provides insight into the home lives of men and women during wartime Britain, showing their sense of identity and the ways in which they coped with having their home comforts restricted.

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Imperial War Museum Until Monday August 31 2015
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Designs of the Year

Awesome architecture, futuristic fashion, fun furniture, groovy graphics: all these and more are celebrated in the Design Museum’s annual Designs of the Year awards and accompanying exhibition. As the museum likes to boast, someday this stuff is going to be on display in other museums. We never miss this show. Every iteration turns up products that are life-saving, lovely to look at or just so clever you really, really wish they’d been your idea.

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Design Museum Until Sunday August 16 2015
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Celebrating its fiftieth year, the renowned competition exhibition returns to with images of the most extraordinary species on the planet captured by professional and amateur photographers.

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Natural History Museum Until Sunday August 30 2015
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Cravings: Can Your Food Control You?

There's not a meal that goes by that doesn't involve some kind of decision based on what you do or don't fancy eating, but is it our own appetite influencing those decisions, or has the food tricked us into it? This exhibition of personal stories, curious objects and cutting-edge science and technology looks at how food affects our bodies, brains and habits. Find out how our cravings are developed by brains and gut bacteria, take part in neurogastronomy experiments, compare how baby animals react to sweet foods and learn more about the world's first poo bank.

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Science Museum Until Friday January 1 2016 Free
10

London Dust

German photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg has lived, worked and made art about London since the 1990s. This new series focuses on the marked differences between the CGI images of London on giant billboards promoting new office towers in the City and the dusty reality of the streets where these ads are displayed. Drawing attention to a shiny new dream of London, she raises questions about what is being ‘cleansed’ in the process.

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Museum of London Until Sunday January 10 2016 Free

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!