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, discover the secrets of Forensics, marvel at the weird and wonderful Designs of the Year, and dive into the wonder of Coral Reefs.
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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
3

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
4

Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation

Considering its culture dates back around 55,000 years, we don't get many chances to learn more about indigenous Australia. This exhibition will use objects from the British Museum's collection to tell its story, focusing on complex spiritual relationships with the natural world and the intimate knowledge of the country's unique and diverse environments.

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British Museum Until Sunday August 2 2015
5

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 Until Sunday July 19 2015 Free
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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
7

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
8

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
9

The Alice Look

Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' turns 150 in 2015, and to mark the anniversary this exhibition will bring together garments, photographs, rare editions and illustrations which show how Alice has both followed and influenced fashion over the decades. As well as representing the character's original look, the exhibits will include modern interpretations of it, such as Annie Liebowitz's photographs for US Vogue and pop videos from Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne and Aerosmith.

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V&A Museum of Childhood Until Sunday November 1 2015 Free
10

What is Luxury?

Marvel at an entirely handcrafted mechanical timepiece by renowned British watchmaker George Daniels and a golden headphone jack. Desirable objects can also be made from undesirable materials, though; Studio Swine have set human hair in resin to create highly decorative furniture, and one of the diamonds in the collection is made from road kill.

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V&A Until Sunday September 27 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!