Top 10 museum exhibitions in London

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

Get your 2015 diary at the ready: London's top museums are set to showcase an abundance of cracking exhibitions throughout the year. Over the next 12 months, discover the secrets of Sherlock Holmes, marvel at the weird and wonderful Designs of the Year, and see the style and sparkle of Italian fashion through the decades.
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Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime

Our picture may be somewhat skewed as a result of compulsive viewing of various TV crime series but, every which way you carefully inspect it, forensics is a damn cool use of science. This exhibition of original evidence, archival material, photographs, film footage, specimens, forensic implements and artworks will look at the history, art and science of forensic medicine.

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Wellcome Collection Until Sunday June 21 2015 Free
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Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s-1990s

This new display at the V&A showcases a variety of photographic responses to black British experience. The pieces have recently been acquired as part of a collaborative project with the Black Cultural Archives which aims to increase the number of black British photographers and images of black Britain in the museum.

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V&A Until Sunday May 24 2015 Free
3

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
4

Cotton to Gold: Extraordinary Collections of the Industrial North West

The second half of the nineteenth century saw Lancashire overcome with both development and deprivation thanks to thousands of cotton mills providing hundreds of thousands of jobs. Many of the magnates who profited from the industry spent their newfound riches on great works of art and important artefacts. This exhibition of treasures includes rare Roman coins, Medieval manuscripts, Turner watercolours, Tiffany glass and even a Peruvian mummy.

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Two Temple Place Until Saturday April 18 2015 Free
5

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
6

All of This Belongs to You

Opening just before the General Election (and open late Thursday May 7 for election night), this exhibition looks at the role of public institutions in contemporary life and at what it means to be responsible for a national collection.

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V&A Wednesday April 1 2015 - Sunday July 19 2015 Free
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Strange Creatures: The Art of Unknown Animals

When intrepid explorers set out on international adventures and discovered animal species which were completely alien to their society, the only way of explaining them to the wider world was through art and description. Nowadays we have more impressive technology to help us get it right, but an artist's impression is still often our first contact with a previously undiscovered species. This exhibition brings together a range of animal representations including Europe's first image of an Australian animal, medieval accounts of exotic creatures and cutting-edge reconstructions of dinosaurs.

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Grant Museum of Zoology Until Saturday June 27 2015 Free
8

Sir Jacob Epstein: Babies and Bloomsbury

The modernist sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein had a rather unconventional marital arrangement while he lived in Bloomsbury in the early twentieth century – none of his five children were a product of his marriage, though his wife Margaret did raise his eldest and youngest children, Peggy Jean and Jackie. The artist was often inspired by babies and children, and this exhibition brings together the bronzes and drawings which resulted from that interest, including many of his own family members.

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Foundling Museum Until Sunday May 10 2015
9

Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls' House

Here's your chance to have a poke around somebody else's house and discover tales of marriage, parties, politics and crime – without feeling nosey. At the V&A Museum of Childhood's winter exhibition, 12 dolls' houses from the museum's extensive collection represent changes in architecture and design over the past 300 years and provide an insight into the lives of the characters that inhabit these delicate creations.

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V&A Museum of Childhood Until Sunday September 6 2015 Free
10

Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea

Find out whether life really is better down where it's wetter in this exhibition of images and information collected during the three-year long Catlin Seaview Survey of coral reefs. A live coral reef and a virtual dive will give visitors a thorough view of these natural underwater masterpieces.

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Natural History Museum Until Sunday September 13 2015

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!