Top 10 museum exhibitions in London

Check out our pick of the city's top cultural offerings for 2014



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Get your 2014 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.


Designs of the Year

Launched off the back of the Design Museum's awards of the same name, this annual exhibition celebrates the most innovative and inventive work in the worlds of architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, products and more.

  1. Design Museum 28 Butlers Wharf, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD
  2. Wed Mar 26 2014 - Fri Jun 27 2014
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The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014

A major exhibtion that takes a detailed look at the history of Italian fashion. The collection of mens and womensware begins with ensembles from the end of WWII and ends at present-day trends, encompassing couture fashion, ready-to-wear items and accessories. The display features contributions from Dolce and Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Valentino and Versace, as well as forgotten designers, the Fontana Sisters and Simonetta. There will also be film clips and fashion photography.

  1. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. Sat Apr 5 2014 - Sun Jul 27 2014
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We mere mortals might not have the chance to explore what is deemed one of the greatest scientific and engineering endeavours of our time, but with the help of designers and theatrical experts, this new Science Museum exhibition will create an experience that immerses visitors in the world of the giant particle collider at CERN in Geneva.

  1. Science Museum Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD
  2. Tue Dec 10 - Tue May 6 2014
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Turner and the Sea

JMW Turner liked to go fishing on the Thames and is reputed to have lashed himself to the mast of a ship in order to paint a storm at sea. More than half his artistic output was of maritime subjects but this is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the artist's lifelong lifelong fascination with the sea. Works by Turner’s contemporaries and peers provide a wider context in a show certain to go down a storm.

  1. National Maritime Museum Romney Rd, Greenwich, SE10 9NF
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Mon Apr 21
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Vikings: Life and Legend

The British Museum's new Sainsbury Exhibition Gallery opens this March, and along with it, so does the museum's first collection on Vikings in more than 30 years. Artefacts dating between the late eighth century and the early eleventh century will be on display, including a life-size replica of of the Roskilde 6 war ship made using a stainless steel frame and 20 per cent of the original timbers, which have been conserved and reassembled.

  1. British Museum 44 Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG
  2. Thu Mar 6 2014 - Sun Jun 22 2014
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Bond In Motion at the London Film Museum

Petrol heads start your engines. Following its success at the Beaulieu National Motor Museum last year, Bond In Motion, an exhibition of swanky vehicles from James Bond Films, is coming to the London Film Museum. On display will be cars, boats, motorbikes, sleds and jets including the Rolls-Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger, 1964, the Aston Martin DB5 from GoldenEye, 1995 and 'Wet Nellie' the underwater Lotus Esprit S1 from The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977.

  1. London Film Museum Exhibition Space 45 Wellington St, WC2E 7BN
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Wed Dec 31
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The Cheapside Hoard: London's Lost Jewels

This major nxhibition at the superb Museum of London showcases one of the most remarkable finds in London's long history. The Cheapside Hoard – discovered in a cellar only a few hundred metres from the museum itself in 1912 – is a priceless cache of some 500 late-sixteenth and early-seventeenth century jewels and gemstones. Who owned the Hoard? Why and when was it hidden? Why was it never reclaimed?

  1. Museum of London 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
  2. Thu Apr 17 - Mon Apr 28
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Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums

Cambridge University might have been founded in 1209, but this 2014 show at London's Two Temple Place marks the first time its eight museums have combined to exhibit work in one space. Spanning archaeology, anthropology, zoology, science and more, 'Discoveries' seeks to reveal the cross-pollination that occurs between art and science using artefacts that go back millenia, each chosen to generate a sense of wonder.

  1. Two Temple Place 2 Temple Place, WC2R 3BD
  2. Fri Jan 31 2014 - Sun Apr 27 2014
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Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story

Few explorations of Britain's history stretch back past the Romans' arrival some 2,000 years ago, but the Natural History Museum's first major show for 2014 goes a fair bit further – a million years further, to be (more or less) exact. Discover pre-historic Britain through an impressive series of archaeological finds including the earliest known Neanderthal in Britain, the oldest wooden spear in the world and more.

  1. Natural History Museum Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
  2. Thu Feb 13 2014 - Sun Sep 28 2014
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Useful + Beautiful

This exhibition of forward-thinking interior designers celebrates the Geffrye's centenary as a museum (and tricentenary as almshouses). Everything from furniture and textiles to funky lighting and humble wallpaper will be on display in the museum – as well as the best new garden furniture outside among the Geffrye's lovely flowerbeds. Leading international designers will be on show, but there will also be plenty of high-quality local design. The Geffrye is always good at programming subsidiary events: expect talks from the curator and designers as well as workshops and children's activities.

  1. Geffrye Museum Kingsland Rd, E2 8EA
  2. Tue Apr 29 - Mon Aug 25
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Users say


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!


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


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