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Why the hell has Ian Hislop curated a show at the British Museum?
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Why the hell has Ian Hislop curated a show at the British Museum?

Ian Hislop has picked a bunch of subversive objects from the British Museum collection to detail a history of international dissent. But why?

Six museum exhibitions not to miss this autumn
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Six museum exhibitions not to miss this autumn

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

Five amazing museum day trips
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Five amazing museum day trips

The summer hols are here, giving you plenty of opportunities to indulge in some idle browsing around a museum or two. But don't limit yourself to London's best-loved institutions. Our list will help you plan the most enticing short-haul trips to the museums handily orbiting the capital. Or, if you're feeling properly adventurous, check out our guide to the best arty weekends.

Five reasons to get (very) excited about the V&A’s Dior exhibition
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Five reasons to get (very) excited about the V&A’s Dior exhibition

The V&A has just announced its major exhibition Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams. You’ll need to wait until 2019 to visit the exhibition (Feb 2 - Jul 14) but here’s a sneak peak of what’s on display to get you excited now.

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

Get a quirky culture fix at these amazing, oddball institutions

Must-see museum exhibitions in London

Videogames: Design/ Play/ Disrupt review
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Videogames: Design/ Play/ Disrupt review

Hearing the title of this exhibition, you’re either going to think: What a great excuse to play eight hours of Journey, just to re-familiarise myself with the NPCs, or: What? Video games? Like Pac-Man? 

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4 out of 5 stars
I Object review
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I Object review

Curated by Ian Hislop, this exhibition is the alternative version of Neil MacGregor’s 'A History of the World in 100 Objects' and it's about the age-old urge to fight the powers that be.

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up review
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Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up review

The V&A’s new exhibition of over 200 Frida-related items - many of which were only re-discovered in 2004 - explains the allure underpinning Frida fandom.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier review
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Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier review

Fashion has a hard time being taken seriously as art. But the works of certain designers are definitely worthy of a place on a museum pedestal. Azzedine Alaïa is one of those designers. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
The Future Starts Here review
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The Future Starts Here review

With phone-checking kidults in mind, the Sainsbury Gallery at the V&A has been turned into an interactive playground of techy gadgets, detailed dioramas and video installations – there’s even a sandpit... 

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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Upcoming museum exhibitions in London

Videogames: Design/ Play/ Disrupt
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Videogames: Design/ Play/ Disrupt

Videogames are no longer the preserve of geeky teenage boys locked away in bedrooms filled with unwashed clothes and empty Pringles cans. They're seriously clever business. And this major exhibition at the V&A will show you exactly how, with everything from insights into the design process to DIY gadgets made by grassroots gamers. Ticket holders to the exhibition will get to try out new videogames and go inside immersive installations. If you've ever turned your nose up at the world of gaming before, this is sure to convince you otherwise. 

I Was There: Room of Voices
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I Was There: Room of Voices

When the Armistice was called at 11am on 11/11/1918, it marked an end to the First World War and the end of an event that shaped a generation of people from countries across the world. This immersive sound installation is made up of 32 different voices, all telling a different story of how they experienced the day we now call Remembrance Day.

Renewal: Life After the First World War in Photographs
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Renewal: Life After the First World War in Photographs

The First World War brought destruction to Europe on an almost unimaginable scale. In the years following the end of the conflict, people were tasked with rebuilding shattered cities, town and rural dwellings. But despite the devastation, a new optimism often flourished. To mark the centenary of the end of the war, the IWM exhibits 130 photos and related objects showing how Europe started to put itself back together again. 

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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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5 out of 5 stars
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
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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
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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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4 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
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