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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

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.

Must-see museum exhibitions in London

Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic
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Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic

For a few glorious months in ’20s America, spiritualists, magicians and scientists were locked in a fevered struggle for the truth about life after death. Escapologist Harry Houdini was hellbent on debunking medium Mina Crandon, so he embarked on a series of experiments trying to replicate the ectoplasm-spouting effects of her seances. But, as the Wellcome Collection’s ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ ingeniously shows, Houdini and Crandon were spooks of a feathe.

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4 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.

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4 out of 5 stars
Jews, Money, Myth
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Jews, Money, Myth

Countless accusations have been lobbed at Jews over the millennia. They’re money-grabbing, hooked-nosed Christ-killers who control global finances, Hollywood and the music industry. Stereotypes prevail, and the Jewish Museum is trying to tackle the big one: money. 

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4 out of 5 stars
Corita Kent: Power Up
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Corita Kent: Power Up

Corita Kent: there were none like her. That’s one pun I’m not going to apologise for, because Sister Corita Kent liked to have fun with words. And she liked to tell the truth with them and that sentence is also true: there were none quite like her, as this exhibition of flamboyantly coloured prints at the House of Illustration shows. 

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Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

If you’re looking for a one-word review of the V&A’s Christian Dior exhibition then here it is: fantasy. As spelled out by its own subtitle – ‘Designer of Dreams’ – this blockbuster showcase of a globally famous fashion label is about clothes and the imagination.  

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4 out of 5 stars
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New exhibitions in London

YiMiao Shih: Rabbrexit Means Rabbrexit
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YiMiao Shih: Rabbrexit Means Rabbrexit

Opening on the day Britain may or may not leave the EU*, this exhibition at the House of Illustration showcases the talents of YiMiao Shih, Illustrator in Residence at the venue. In a stroke of satirical genius, Shih has imagined a parallel universe in which we didn't vote for Brexit, we voted to expel all rabbits from the UK. To commemorate the exodus of our furry friends, Shih's creations are 'relics' from the event and its aftermath, including a bunny Bayeux tapestry. Hop along and go see.  *at the time of writing, we haven't a clue

The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games
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The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games

Abram Games worked for the Public Relations Department of the War Office from 1941 - 1945. While there, he produced poster after glorious poster educating soldiers and civilians about everything from not messing around with guns to knitting socks for jungle troops. But Games' creations aren't just useful public announcement tools, they're also damn fine works of art. This exhibition at the National Army Museum concentrates on the artist's use of airbrush to make striking modern images. If only all advertising was this attractive.

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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Imaginary Cities
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Imaginary Cities

Artist and researcher Michael Takeo Magruder has used a combination of old and new technologies to dramatically remix images contained in the British Library's map collection. The result is a series of stunning imaginary cities made using metal gilding, 3D printing, fine art printing and more. 

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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

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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