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Five reasons not to miss 'Living with Buildings' at the Wellcome Collection
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Five reasons not to miss 'Living with Buildings' at the Wellcome Collection

Is your home good for your health? The Wellcome Collection's new exhibition 'Living with Buildings' has the answers.

Why you need to visit the V&A's new Photography Centre
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Why you need to visit the V&A's new Photography Centre

On October 12, the V&A throws open the doors to its brand new Photography Centre. Here's a first peek at what's on offer.

Why the hell has Ian Hislop curated a show at the British Museum?
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Why the hell has Ian Hislop curated a show at the British Museum?

Ian Hislop has picked a bunch of subversive objects from the British Museum collection to detail a history of international dissent. But why?

Six museum exhibitions not to miss this autumn
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Six museum exhibitions not to miss this autumn

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

Five amazing museum day trips
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Five amazing museum day trips

The summer hols are here, giving you plenty of opportunities to indulge in some idle browsing around a museum or two. But don't limit yourself to London's best-loved institutions. Our list will help you plan the most enticing short-haul trips to the museums handily orbiting the capital. Or, if you're feeling properly adventurous, check out our guide to the best arty weekends.

Must-see museum exhibitions in London

I am Ashurbanipal: King of the World, King of Assyria
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I am Ashurbanipal: King of the World, King of Assyria

The great king Ashurbanipal was seriously not into lions, absolutely hated the things. The first of many gorgeously detailed Assyrian wall reliefs in this mesmerising exhibition depicts the king firing arrows at fleeing lions and shoving swords through their rearing chests. Lions, you see, represented power and savagery, and no one could hold power but Ashurbanipal, and his savagery, though gruesomely brutal, was anything but wild.  

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4 out of 5 stars
Home Futures
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Home Futures

William Morris famously advised: ‘have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’. The Design Museum’s latest exhibition is filled with over 150 domestic designs both useful and beautiful, all created with the intention of revolutionising how we conduct ourselves behind closed doors. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Shadows of War: Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimea 1855
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Shadows of War: Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimea 1855

In 1855, Roger Fenton arrived in the Crimea on a commission from publisher Thomas Agnew & Sons to photograph scenes and figures from the ongoing Crimean War. After he returned to London, the images were exhibited at four venues in the capital and… that was it. There hasn’t been a London show of Fenton’s creations since 1856. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Living with Buildings
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Living with Buildings

Let’s talk about loos. Internal plumbing. Ventilation systems. Running water. Double-glazed windows and all the other things that make where we live helpful to our health. If you’ve ever found yourself with a household emergency, a bust boiler two days before Christmas or a hole in the ceiling ten mins before a thunderstorm, you’ll know that it’s oh so easy to take a functioning home for granted until the moment it stops working. 

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs
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Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs

‘Everything is designed to serve its purpose in the most efficient way,’ intones the Pathé news broadcaster at the start of this exhibition of glorious, glamorous fashion and photography from the inter-war period. Strolling around the galleries of the Fashion and Textile Museum you wonder if that efficiency was directed at creating a new type of woman: streamlined, feminine, modern yet domestic and proficiently beautiful. 

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

Body Worlds
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Body Worlds

Gunther von Hagens' famous collection of **REAL BODIES** preserved via his own 'plastination' technique find a permanent home bang in the centre of London. That's right, en route to Chinatown or Theatreland you can now stop off for a quick reminder of what lurks beneath your own skin. Von Hagens' calling card might seem like something for living Draculas to get high on, but visitors report finding the skinless cadavers sincerely life-affirming, sometimes even spurring them on to give up the booze and start exercising. 

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4 out of 5 stars
Hooked
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Hooked

London's brand new Science Gallery opens its doors with a show looking at addiction and getting better. It's casting the net far and wide, looking at everything we're 'hooked' on from hard drugs to iPhones.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Now in its fifty-fourth year, the renowned and celebrated annual wildlife photography competition exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum with images of the most extraordinary species on the planet captured by professional and amateur photographers. This year saw more than 45,000 entries from across the globe, with 100 selected for what is always a highlight in the NHM's calendar.

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5 out of 5 stars
Home Futures
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Home Futures

The problem with futuristic design is how quickly it looks, well, old. This fascinating exhibition at the Design Museum displays the forward-thinking domestic designs architects of the past thought would characterise our modern lives. Items on display include the Pratone, a 1970s rethink on the humble chair that imagined a future where we'd shun solid seats in favour of a large block of malleable green grass made to support the whole body. The idea never caught on, perhaps because - as the picture on the DM's website shows - it made the person sitting in it look a bit of a fool. Who could have predicted that an invention almost literally named 'prat' could make the user look silly? 

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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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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).

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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

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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

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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.

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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