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Exhibitions in London

Our guide to the best free, new and critically-acclaimed exhibitions in London

Got a free hour to spare? Soak up some culture at one of the many great exhibitions in London. Whether you want to see paintings, photography, fossils or washing powder packaging through the ages, there's an exhibition to suit your mood. We've also put together a comprehensive guide to the seven wonders of London's museums and attractions, to help you really zone into our city's cultural core.

The very best exhibitions in London

Top ten museum exhibitions
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Free exhibitions in London
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Free exhibitions in London

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New exhibitions in London

East End: The Place We Call Home
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East End: The Place We Call Home

Gateway Housing Association celebrate 90 years working within the East End and securing homes for lower income households with this exhibition documenting local residents. Images of well known figures sit alongside photographs of unsung heroes, shedding light on the daily grind of life in east London throughout the decades.

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Bedlam: The Asylum
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Bedlam: The Asylum

Asylums are, thank God, a thing of the past in the UK. But did 'Bedlam' - the nickname for south London's Royal Bethlem Hospital for the mentally ill - do its patients any good? A new exhibition at the Wellcome looks at the tensions between biomedical and psychosocial therapy for mental illness, the imperative to protect patients, and how integration benefits patients and the public.

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You Say You Want a Revolution? Records & Rebels 1966-70
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You Say You Want a Revolution? Records & Rebels 1966-70

Head back to the psychedelic 1960s and submerse yourself in the fashion, music, film, design and political activism that helped shaped contemporary life. The exhibition centres on the musicians that issued forth from the era as well as great performances gifted to the world by the likes of The Who, Sam Cooke and Jimi Hendrix. Moments and environments that defined the time of huge cultural upheaval will also be charted.

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Out of the Fire
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Out of the Fire

This exhibition explores St Paul's Cathedral before, during and after The Great Fire of London. The blaze which consumed the London landmark 350 years ago was rebuilt to designs made by Christopher Wren after the flames tore through it. Here you can discover objects that survived the fire, follow a family trail or join a tour and find out how the heat make the cathedral's stones explode like grenades.

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Free exhibitions in London

Beatrix Potter's London
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Beatrix Potter's London

2016 marks the 150th anniversary of celebrated children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, who was a frequent visitor to the museum where she would often sit and sketch. This exhibition celebrates the date with artworks, original sketches and her earliest published works on show.

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Clangers, Bagpuss & Co
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Clangers, Bagpuss & Co

Hopefully you were first introduced to the wonderfully weird worlds of Smallfilms, the production company of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firman, at an early enough age that this small but beautifully put together exhibition will be like a magician revealing his secrets. See the paper pieces that became Noggin the Nog, find out which '60s model was the fashion inspiration for the Clangers, learn how Bagpuss ended up pink and make your very own stop-frame animation starring Ivor the Engine. With lots of beautiful artefacts to admire – including Bagpuss himself – you'll feel even more fond of the shows than you were to start with.

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Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design
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Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design

This exhibition charts the career of Ove Arup (1895-1988), an incredibly influential engineer of the 20th century whose projects include the Sydney Opera House and Penguin Pool at the London Zoo. Large scale prototypes, building components, digital animations, models and previously unseen archive material shed light on Arup's design philosophy, his ideas surrounding collaborative working and the use of architecture and design as tools for shaping social responsibility. The display coincides with the V&A's 2016 Engineering Season.

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Guerrilla Girls
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Guerrilla Girls

The feminist activist group looks at the Whitechapel Gallery’s history of exhibiting female artists including Sophie Calle, Nan Goldin, Sarah Lucas and Bridget Riley for this Archive display. Founded in 1985 by an anonymous group of artists to expose the inequality of the male dominated art world, culture in general and politics, the Guerrilla Girls will don their gorilla masks and scan their critical eye over this east London institution. Will we like what they find?

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14 weird but wonderful London museums
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9 comments
Evelyn H
Evelyn H

@Evelyn H 


You are very welkome to visit my first expo in Londen.

Hilton Hotel on Park lane. Executive room.

16 februari-15 march

Evelyn Hamilton

www.hamilton-art.nl

Shahib A
Shahib A

My Boss is going to WTM 2014 his name is Mr Abbas Ali Zaidi from Indian travel market


Thanks



007
007

amazing

Nina B
Nina B

Many of your exhibitions are closed. Your website is clearly not regularly updated.