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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

14 weird but wonderful museums in London
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14 weird but wonderful museums in London

From the British Museum to the V&A, London's a world-leader when it comes to big name cultural institutions. But did you know it's also home to a multitude of a smaller, quirkier and more unusual museums too? Read our guide to the weirdest museums our city has to offer.

Nine museum exhibitions not to miss in 2019
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Nine museum exhibitions not to miss in 2019

Kickstart 2019 with a resolution to visit more museums. Here’s our guide to the best shows to look forward to this year

Must-see museum exhibitions in London

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
Rebel Sounds
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Rebel Sounds

Remember when you were 15 and turned the speakers up so loud at 2am that Mrs Next Door threatened to call the police? Music has always been used as a form of resistance against authority, including many times when the prick being kicked against is far worse than a busybody neighbour. This superb exhibition, one of three making up the Imperial War Museum’s ‘Culture Under Attack’ season, focuses on four examples of musical resistance during conflicts. 

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Mary Quant
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Mary Quant

Mary Quant wanted women to have fun. From underwear they could breathe in to fabrics that didn’t disintegrate in one wash and mascara that wouldn’t give them panda-eye, Quant’s namesake brand allowed its customers to look hot without really trying. Ergo: I woke up like this. The V&A’s major exhibition of the London-born designer skips its way through the trajectory of her career before alighting on the things Quant made iconic.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Weavers of the Clouds: Textile Arts of Peru
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Weavers of the Clouds: Textile Arts of Peru

Peruvian textiles are famous throughout the world for their skilled creation, use of rare and ancient weaving techniques and, frankly, their absolute beauty. This show at the Fashion and Textile Museum near London Bridge looks set to be a corker, bringing together the ancient traditions of Peruvian weaving with its preservation and development into the 21st century. By the end of it you'll be itching to pick up your own knitting needles and start making a new shawl. 

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.

An Unsuitable Game for Ladies: A Century of Women's Football
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An Unsuitable Game for Ladies: A Century of Women's Football

Coinciding with the Women's World Cup coming to France this year (a tournament that - fingers crossed - will be very good for England), the British Library stage this small, free exhibition dedicated to the history of the women's game. Did you know, for example, that in 1921 the FA flat out banned women from playing at any of the football grounds used by its members? You can impress your mates with that nugget of info while cheering Steph Houghton and the team to victory.  

An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection
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An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection

Even if the word 'shoes' doesn't immediately make you start salivating, there's a good chance you've heard of Manolo Blahnik. In this fun summertime exhibition, the Spanish fashion designer's creations are located alongside artworks in the Wallace Collection that best match-up with them. Fancy footwear featured includes shoes originally made for Sofia Coppola's film 'Marie Antoinette'. 

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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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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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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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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

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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