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10 museum exhibitions we can’t wait to see in 2017

London's museums will be showcasing some fantastic shows during 2017. Here's our pick of the best exhibitions coming to the city

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By Matt Breen |

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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10 of the best museum exhibitions in 2017

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Things to do, Exhibitions


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.

'Woman modelling a hairstyle for the hairdresser Eugène Ltd', 1923. Alexander Bassano Photographic Studios. © Museum of London.
Things to do, Exhibitions

Electricity: The Spark of Life

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. 

A march of 2,000 anti-conscription protesters in London, 5 November 1939. © IWM.
Things to do, Exhibitions

People Power: Fighting for Peace

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.

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Things to do, Exhibitions

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

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. 

Courtesy of The Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller , Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio
Museums, Art and design


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!

Image courtesy of the Roger Grant Archive
Things to do, Exhibitions

Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction

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.  

'Ballet Scene from Meyerbeer's "Opera Roberto il Diavolo"', Edgar Degas.
Things to do, Exhibitions

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

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.  

Silk taffeta evening dress, designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Paris, 1954. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Things to do, Exhibitions

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

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.

Things to do, Exhibitions

Treasures of the Scythians

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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