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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

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.

Must-see museum exhibitions in London

Manga
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Manga

How do you sum up one of the world’s most popular cultural phenomenons; an art movement that’s lasted for hundreds of years and continues to grow, taking in video games, cinema, art and literature, with countless thousands of practitioners and millions upon millions of devoted fans. The answer, when it comes to the British Museum’s ‘Manga’ exhibition, is, well, you don’t. 

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3 out of 5 stars
Hogarth & The Art of Noise

Hogarth & The Art of Noise

Paintings: they’re the silent type, right? Try as you might to strike up conversation with a bit of paint on canvas, all you’ll get in return is an oily death stare. But this fascinating pint-sized exhibition at the Foundling Museum turns how we normally interact with an artwork on its head. Or, more accurately, on its ear.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Food: Bigger than the Plate
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Food: Bigger than the Plate

From the stylised pastel posters for the V&A’s latest show, you could be forgiven for thinking that the whole exhibition’s designed to be some selfie-obsessed millennial’s wet dream. A show built for Instagram. But then you see the first exhibit – a toilet – and you realise that this is serious business. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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.  

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

You’ve heard all the Stanley Kubrick legends. But here to separate truth from fiction (and lunar myths) is this dazzling foray through the great man’s work, housed in the suitably symmetrical surrounds of the Design Museum and door-matted by a patch of that famous orange carpet from ‘The Shining’. Fittingly, you’ll need umpteen visits just to take it all in. 

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5 out of 5 stars
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New exhibitions in London

Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective
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Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective

The art of Posy Simmonds, creator of 'Tamara Drewe', is celebrated at the House of Illustration with an exhibition spanning her 50-years-plus career. Along with original sketches for Simmonds' Dorest-based saga (later made into a film starring Gemma Arterton), the show features drawings for 'Fred', Simmonds' children's book, and her latest work 'Cassandra Darke', the story of a grumpy, wannabe crime-solving art dealer. 

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. 

Hogarth & The Art of Noise

Hogarth & The Art of Noise

When not concerned with the progress of rakes and harlots, William Hogarth often preoccupied himself with the honks, screeches, booms and tra la las of Londontown. This interesting-sounding show recreates the city ditties and urban cacophony filling Hogarth's artworks.

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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

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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

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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