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Museum lates: late-night events in London
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Museum lates: late-night events in London

The nights are drawing in, so get out the house and into the museums. Here's our guide to the best 'lates' happening across the city

Nine amazing autumn museum exhibitions
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Nine amazing autumn museum exhibitions

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

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

Must-see museum exhibitions in London

Tim Walker: Wonderful Things
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Tim Walker: Wonderful Things

Fantastical. Fairytale. Magical. Lot of words are used to describe the photography of Tim Walker, but rarely this one: sex. Yet as this exuberant solo exhibition at the V&A proves, the British photographer’s special brand of surrealism, honed over decades working for fashion magazines, is far from saccharine innocence. 

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Designed in Cuba: Cold War Graphics
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Designed in Cuba: Cold War Graphics

Here’s Richard Nixon as a kind of Nazified American Eagle, his bloody talons digging the heart out of Indo-China. Here’s a woman dressed up as the Statue of Liberty, boredly smoking a fag. Here’s an Egyptian hieroglyph made of bullets and hand grenades. There’s savagery and savage humour in this remarkable show of 100 posters and 70 magazines  produced between 1966 and 1992 by Cuba’s state-run OSPAAAL, the snappily named ‘Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America’. 

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
On Edge: Living in an Age of Anxiety
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On Edge: Living in an Age of Anxiety

Anxiety sucks. It’s pointless, debilitating and, often, very boring. This multi-artist exhibition is about the condition in all its nail-biting, bile-rising, dizzying forms. 

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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
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Es Devlin: Memory Palace
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Es Devlin: Memory Palace

Travel through time and across the globe with this immersive installation by the massively talented Es Devlin. Measuring 18 metres across, the mirrored sculpture celebrates key historical moments when human perception shifted track. Visitors will be whisked to the southern African caves where the earliest drawings remain right through to the Swiss birthplace of the internet. As fans of Sherlock will know, a memory palace is a technique used to recall precise information by mentally placing it around an imagined house.

Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous
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Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous

Iconic British fashion designer, Zandra Rhodes, gets a retrospective at the Bermondsey museum she founded. The show covers 50 years of Rhodes' flamboyant designs and famously OTT way of dressing. Expect lots of pink, lots of red, and lots and lots of gold. 

Impatient! Stories of Service User Advocacy
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Impatient! Stories of Service User Advocacy

Service user advocacy groups fight for the rights and representation of patients accessing mental health services. This exhibition charts the history of these groups, looking at their different forms and the various challenges they have come up against. Running alongside this exhibition is Art and Protest: What's there to be mad about? at the Bethem Art Gallery.

Two Last Nights! Show Business in Georgian Britain

Two Last Nights! Show Business in Georgian Britain

If you enjoy nothing better than a night centred on the theatres of Shaftesbury Ave and the Southbank, then this is your chance to find out how Londoners in the Georgian era went about doing the same. See a collection of playbills, tickets, advertising, refreshments and so on, all connected to concert- and theatre-going back in the day. It's interactive and, apparently, you'll leave with some tips for skipping the theatre loo queue. 

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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).

Users say
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

Time Out says
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