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Five rock relics at 'The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains'
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Five rock relics at 'The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains'

Time to think Floyd at the V&A’s new blockbuster retrospective

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

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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Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave
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Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave

Most of us don’t get any better with age. After our twenties we just get uglier, fatter and more useless. But Katsushika Hokusai was like a seriously fine wine. 

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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
Robots
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Robots

An animatronic, wall-mounted baby greets you on entering the new Science Museum exhibition. Technically lifelike, it burbles, coos, wriggles its pudgy arms and – in a show of creepy-looking exhibits – manages to be pretty unnerving.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths
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Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths

Revolution is a powerful word, and this exhibition – commemorating 100 years since the communist uprising in Russia – is about civil unrest, propaganda and disenchantment.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories
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Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories

Part of the BM's 'Queer Histories' season – and tying into the fiftieth anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, this display takes a look at queer experiences throughout history – from the Roman emperor Hadrian and his lover Antinous to Japanese drag queens.

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains
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The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

Fifty years since their first single, Arnold Layne, the V&A is hosting a retrospective of those psychedelic pioneers, the Floyd. Set and construction pieces from The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall join instruments, designs, lyrics and prints - and, yes, a laser show. Wish You Were Here?

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Beam Me Back, Scotti
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Beam Me Back, Scotti

Geek alert! The Museum of Brand's latest show takes a look at science-fiction merchandise throughout the years. Expect toy figures, comics, annuals and more from the likes of 'Doctor Who', 'Thunderbirds' and 'Star Wars'. 

Pani
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Pani

An exhibition that aims to highlight the environmental issues that the rivers and waterways of South Asia face right now and in the years to come ('pani' being the widely-used word for water). Artist Daksha Patel will be showing a number of colourful maps and terracotta ceramics to explore the relationships between the region's people and their water.

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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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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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