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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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Summer Screen Prints

This annual exhibition returns to the West Wing Galleries of Somerset House during the venue's series of summer film screenings. Print Club London are helping to remind us just how much we love the films. The punchy prints represent films such as 'True Romance', 'West Side Story' and 'Princess Mononoke'.

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Somerset House Until Sunday August 23 2015 Free
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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 Until Sunday December 6 2015 Free
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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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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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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 Until Sunday November 1 2015
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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 Until Wednesday October 14 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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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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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 Until Sunday April 24 2016 Free
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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 Thursday August 6 2015 - 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!