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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.

The V&A's opening an amazing Frida Kahlo show
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The V&A's opening an amazing Frida Kahlo show

This summer, the V&A is staging a major exhibition of Frida’s beautiful clothes, make-up and accessories, many of which are pretty much works of art in their own right. 

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

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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Must-see museum exhibitions in London

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
Teeth review
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Teeth review

No one really enjoys going to the dentist. But the Wellcome Collection’s new exhibition will make you grateful for the wonders of modern dentistry by showing you just how gruesome it used to be. 

Time Out says
4 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
Users say
2 out of 5 stars
Fashioned from Nature review
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Fashioned from Nature review

This is the V&A doing what the V&A does best: staging world-class exhibitions of immaculately preserved and presented fashion. This new spring blockbuster covers the way clothing has been inspired by the beauty of nature, but has also exploited and damaged the natural world.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
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Life in the Dark
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Life in the Dark

If you're missing 'Blue Planet', this exhibition offers another chance to see what goes on in the depths of the oceans. 'Life in the Dark' follows deep sea fish, as well as moles, moths and crocodiles to find out what they get up to in the shadows. Find out how foxes spend their nights on the prowl and discover the internal, nocturnal lives of original specimens. Find out more here. 

IVF: 6 Million Babies Later
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IVF: 6 Million Babies Later

On 25 July 1978, Louise Joy Brown was welcomed into the world. All births are miracles, but this one was extra special: Louise was the first baby to be born from IVF. London's Science Museum celebrates the 40th anniversary of this momentous occasion with a free exhibition looking at the decade of success and failure the scientists developing the treatment went through in their quest to revolutionise fertility. 

John Vernon Lord: Illustrating Carroll and Joyce
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John Vernon Lord: Illustrating Carroll and Joyce

Illustrations are often seen as playing second fiddle to actual 'art' (you know, the kind you get hanging on a wall instead of hidden between the covers of a book). But the intricately detailed and endlessly inventive creations of John Vernon Lord are just as beautiful as anything normally spotted in an art gallery. This exhibition at the House of Illustration in King's Cross shows the illustrator's work for five books including Finnegan’s Wake, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Ulysses.

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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

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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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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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