Five things to see at the National Army Museum
Armies are expensive and so are museums devoted to them. Chelsea’s National Army Museum (next to the Royal Hospital) has just reopened after a three-year, £24 million redesign. A huge atrium has been carved out of the middle of the building, and the whole place is much lighter and less gloomy than before.
Must-see museum exhibitions in London
Ayurvedic Man: Encounters with Indian Medicine
This exhibition is named after an 18th-century painting showing the organs and vessels of the male body according to classical Ayurveda. Ayurveda, then, is a centuries-old yet always-changing set of medical practices based on diagnostics and treatment premedicated on herbal medication, diet and massage.
ABBA: Super Troupers
Enter the world of the iconic Swedish foursome in this immersive exhibition charting ABBA's music, lyrics, creative process and influence. Part of the Southbank Centre’s Nordic Matters season, the exhibition brings together objects from private archives and ABBA The Museum in Stockholm.
Upcoming museum exhibitions in London
Century of the Child: Nordic Design for Children 1900 to Today
The Nordic countries have produced more than their fair share of sleek - and normally very sensible - designs. The V&A’s younger sibling, the V&A Museum of Childhood, selects the best pieces of savvy design work from these northerly countries which are either inspired by or made for children. BRIO, LEGO, BabyBjorn, IKEA and Tove Jansson’s Moomins are included, along with some less cuddly additions, like TetraPak.
The Great British Seaside
Oh, we do love to be beside the seaside, even in the greyest, coldest and dampest of British weather. The National Maritime Museum brings together over 100 photos capturing our obsession with a nice day out among the donkeys and the ice cream stands. See works by Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts, plus new images by Martin Parr, always an expert at snapping sunburn and seagulls.