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Museum lates: late-night events in London
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Museum lates: late-night events in London

The nights are drawing in, so get out the house and into the museums. Here's our guide to the best 'lates' happening across the city

Nine amazing autumn museum exhibitions
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Nine amazing autumn museum exhibitions

As the weather gets colder, the museum world heats up. Here are the best shows to look forward to, as picked by the Time Out Art team

Four unmissable museum shows to visit this July
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Four unmissable museum shows to visit this July

From lunar exploration to art in times of conflict, there are loads of fascinating museum exhibitions opening this July. Here are four of the best to get you started

Four things to see at 'AI: More Than Human'
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Four things to see at 'AI: More Than Human'

Art and science collide in the Barbican's mega-ambitious new show about artificial intelligence. Here's what to expect

Keep your eyes wide shut for the Stanley Kubrick exhibition coming to London
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Keep your eyes wide shut for the Stanley Kubrick exhibition coming to London

Take a look inside the new Stanley Kubrick exhibition arriving at the Design Museum later this month

Must-see museum exhibitions in London

Tim Walker: Wonderful Things
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Tim Walker: Wonderful Things

Fantastical. Fairytale. Magical. Lot of words are used to describe the photography of Tim Walker, but rarely this one: sex. Yet as this exuberant solo exhibition at the V&A proves, the British photographer’s special brand of surrealism, honed over decades working for fashion magazines, is far from saccharine innocence. 

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
On Edge: Living in an Age of Anxiety
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On Edge: Living in an Age of Anxiety

Anxiety sucks. It’s pointless, debilitating and, often, very boring. This multi-artist exhibition is about the condition in all its nail-biting, bile-rising, dizzying forms. 

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
The Moon
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The Moon

You might have noticed that it’s 50 years since the moon landings. We do love an anniversary. The Maritime Museum’s wide-ranging yet accessible exhibition forms a gentle reminder of just how remarkable space travel is – and burnishes our sense of wonder at our nearest neighbour. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
325 years, 325 objects
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325 years, 325 objects

In the era of Bitcoin speculation, and when a tweet can affect exchange rates, it’s easy to see banking as a kind of sinister virtual miasma swirling around us and settling in the hollows of society. It’s not the whole story, though. The Bank of England is celebrating its 325th birthday with a show of 325 actual physical objects, the result of a (legal) rifling of its own vaults.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security
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Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security

The Science Museum’s new show 'Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security' is so top secret it’s difficult to even find it in the building. That means one of three things: 1) This is a brilliant joke on the part of the museum who recreate that moment in wartime when Britain got rid of its signposts to confuse the Nazis.  2) The guy who makes their signage was on hols this week. Or 3) Based on how long it took me to locate said exhibition, I’m not GCHQ recruitment material.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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New exhibitions in London

Queen Victoria's Palace
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Queen Victoria's Palace

Buckingham Palace is now the focal point of the British monarchy and, of course, a major tourist destination for visitors to London. This wasn't always the case. In fact, Queen Victoria was the first ruler to live at the palace and transform it into a functioning royal residence for her rapidly expanding family. This show at - where else - Buckingham Palace, will give visitors a flavour of what the palace was like in Queen Vicky's day, including displaying treasures relating to the lavish costume balls the Queen and Prince Albert staged for guests.

Between Oedipus and the Sphinx: Freud and Egypt
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Between Oedipus and the Sphinx: Freud and Egypt

Sigmund Freud's interest in Ancient Greece is well-documented (not least thanks to his naming of the Oedipus complex). His preoccupation with Ancient Egypt, however, is less explored. Inspired by the painting of Oedipus and the Sphinx that hung above the psychologist's famous couch, this exhibition features objects from Freud's own collection of Egyptian artefacts and explores the classically Freudian themes of sex, death and obsession. 

What to Look for in the Garden: A Ladybird Books Exhibition
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What to Look for in the Garden: A Ladybird Books Exhibition

Ladybird Books are so well-known they’ve even birthed their own spoof series for adults. This show takes a more earnest approach to the publishing phenomenon, looking at the range of nature-related titles released by the brand. Admire gorgeous illustrations before heading home to put your new knowledge into practice in the garden.

Secret Rivers
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Secret Rivers

The Thames is one of the most iconic features of London, but it's actually only one of many rivers to run through the capital. Along with visible ones like the Lea and Wandle, there are also several 'hidden' rivers that flow underneath the city streets. This fascinating exhibition at the Museum of Docklands features items dredged up from the various different waterways, plus contemporary art inspired by the rivers. 

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Science Museum
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Science Museum

The Science Museum features seven floors of educational and entertaining exhibits, including the Apollo 10 command module and a flight simulator

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5 out of 5 stars
Geffrye Museum
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Geffrye Museum

Housed in a set of 18th-century almshouses, the Geffrye Museum offers a vivid physical history of the English interior. Displaying original furniture, textiles and decorative arts, the museum recreates a sequence of typical middle-class living rooms from 1600 to the present. It is a fascinating way to take in domestic history. The Geffrye Museum also has an airy restaurant overlooking the gardens, which include a herb garden and a series of period garden 'rooms' with period seating (open Apr 1 to Oct 31, during museum opening hours). Tours of the restored almshouses take place regularly, as do children's activities and workshops (see the website for details).

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
British Museum
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British Museum

One of the world's oldest museums, the British Museum is one of London's greatest cultural treasures

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

The handsome Alfred Waterhouse building houses a collection that contains some 70 million plant, animal, fossil, rock and mineral specimens

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
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Design Museum

Design Museum

Opened in 1989 (following its original incarnation as the Boilerhouse established in the V&A by Terence Conran), the Design Museum by Tower Bridge encompasses modern and contemporary industrial and fashion design, graphics, architecture and multimedia. The smart Blueprint Café has a balcony overlooking the Thames. You can buy design books in the museum shop, as well as products related to the exhibitions. Exhibitions are usually accompanied by a programme of workshops for children.

Users say
4 out of 5 stars
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V&A
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V&A

The V&A houses one of the world's greatest collections of decorative arts, in such varied fields as ceramics, sculpture, portrait miniatures and photographs

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5 out of 5 stars