Not only do London’s museums hold some of the world’s most dazzling collections, but in recent years they’ve seriously upped their game when it comes to temporary exhibitions. And 2017 is no exception. Nerdy types can learn about robots at the Science Museum and get stuck into sci-fi at the Barbican, while history buffs have Soviet-era Russia to explore at the Design Museum. And music fans should look no further than the V&A, whose Pink Floyd exhibition is set to have the crowds queuing round the block throughout the summer.
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A show about our robotic friends – specifically those of the human-looking variety. Yes, expect a few famous faces from science fiction, but real-life examples, like a sixteenth-century mechanical monk, look twice as fascinating.
Thought we invented history? Wrong. Electricity invented us. It brought life to the earth, and in turn has been harnessed by humankind. This being the Wellcome Collection, expect a few gruesome exhibits, like an electric chair.
Marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, this show will gather art, propaganda and architectural plans to present a fascinating but unrealised Commie utopian Moscow.
Get out of your Facebook bubble and lose yourself in a century of protest: banners, posters, documents and archival stories will chart its history from World War One to the present day.
Believe it or not, it was a staggering 50 years ago that Gilmour, Waters and co released their first single. The V&A, hot off the thunderous success of their 2012 David Bowie exhibition, now pay tribute to the legendary band.
The Golden State might not be exactly famous for its design, but this exhibition of surfboard designs, Silicone Valley innovations and, er, LSD should put paid to that. Far out, man!
Sci-fi might be enjoying mainstream success right now, but it also has a vast and rich history. With everything from Godzilla concept art to Ray Harryhausen models on display, this promises to be every fanboy’s wet dream.
One for aficionados and the unconverted alike, this sweeping overview of the much-misunderstood art form will track its Renaissance roots through to contemporary productions.
The year’s Most Stylish Show Award will surely go to this celebration of the iconic Spanish couturier, charting the rise of his fashion house through garments, hats, drawings, photographs and film.
Leaving the Egyptians alone for once, the BM delves into one of history’s lesser known chapters, unearthing furs and golden artefacts from a civilisation that once dominated vast swathes of present-day Russia and Central Asia.
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