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Syria: A Conflict Explored at the Imperial War Museum
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Syria: A Conflict Explored at the Imperial War Museum

The Syrian conflict has already lasted longer than World War II. Since 2011 it has claimed half a million lives and displaced 11 million people. This new season at the Imperial War Museum attempts to unravel the causes of a war that we’re more used to understanding through its effects.

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

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Five things to see at the National Army Museum
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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. 

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People Power: Fighting for Peace
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People Power: Fighting for Peace

It’s tempting to open this review with something like ‘in these fractious times, a show about protest couldn’t be more timely, blah blah blah’. And yes: it does feel like dissent is hanging in the air more feverishly than ever right now. But if the IWM’s chronicle of anti-war activism in the UK makes anything clear, it’s that for all the current renewed interest in organised protest, it’s hardly ever lain dormant.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945
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The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945

Snaking your way through the Barbican’s latest exhibition you will probably be met with an almost overwhelming desire to take off your shoes, so accurate is the 1:1 recreation of Ryue Nishizawa’s Moriyama House.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 5 out of 5 stars
Josef Frank Patterns–Furniture–Painting

Josef Frank Patterns–Furniture–Painting

There are tons of reasons to be depressed right now. Fortunately, the retrospective of architect and designer Josef Frank’s work at the Fashion and Textile Museum is the visual and emotional equivalent of a comforting cup of tea and a nice sit-down.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Making Nature: How we See Animals
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Making Nature: How we See Animals

Mental asylums. Mind-altering drugs. Dirt. The Wellcome Collection has carved out a rep for delivering exhibitions that are outlandish without ever being sensationalist. And while the premise of their latest show – the relationship between humans and animals – might not have the same WTF factor, it’s still just as quirky and enthralling.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
Child's Play
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Child's Play

There’s a deceptively simple premise to this show. Documentary artist Mark Neville has taken photographs of children playing around the world. There are children playing in Helmand and the Highlands. In Pittsburgh and Kenya and the Ukraine. Some of them are playing children’s games, some are part of a much more grown-up world of organised celebrations: parades, feasts and dances.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Rachel Kneebone at the V&A
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Rachel Kneebone at the V&A

Kneebone's sculpture '399 Days' – originally shown at White Cube in 2014 – is a towering colossus made of porcelain tiles and writhing limbs, and is going to look pretty damn spectacular amongst the objects of Gallery 50a at the V&A. Three other sculptures will also be presented in the Hintze Sculpture Galleries in Gallery 21.

AXA PPP Health Tech & You 2017
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AXA PPP Health Tech & You 2017

A showcase of award-winning advances in design and tech in the field of health and medicine. Expect bold ideas and radical approachs – previous winners have included everything from digital therapy platforms to sensors that track the filling of colostomy bags.

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Call Me By My Name: Stories From Calais and Beyond

This exhibition at the brand-new Migration Museum focuses on the migrants of the twenty-first century, whose personal stories often go unheard over the noise of tabloid headlines and bitter debate. Particular focus will be on the Calais 'jungle', the refugee camp that was cleared in October 2016.

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100 Images of Migration

Back in 2013, the Guardian ran a competition for people to submit photographs that reflected the migrant experience in modern-day Britain. This is the ultimate result: 100 of the most resonant and affecting images.

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Science Museum

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
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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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