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

From the British Museum to the V&A, London's a world-leader when it comes to big name cultural institutions. But did you know it's also home to a multitude of a smaller, quirkier and more unusual museums too? Read our guide to the weirdest museums our city has to offer.

Nine museum exhibitions not to miss in 2019
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Nine museum exhibitions not to miss in 2019

Kickstart 2019 with a resolution to visit more museums. Here’s our guide to the best shows to look forward to this year

Five reasons not to miss 'Living with Buildings' at the Wellcome Collection
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Five reasons not to miss 'Living with Buildings' at the Wellcome Collection

Is your home good for your health? The Wellcome Collection's new exhibition 'Living with Buildings' has the answers.

Why you need to visit the V&A's new Photography Centre
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Why you need to visit the V&A's new Photography Centre

On October 12, the V&A throws open the doors to its brand new Photography Centre. Here's a first peek at what's on offer.

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?

Must-see museum exhibitions in London

Jews, Money, Myth
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Jews, Money, Myth

Countless accusations have been lobbed at Jews over the millennia. They’re money-grabbing, hooked-nosed Christ-killers who control global finances, Hollywood and the music industry. Stereotypes prevail, and the Jewish Museum is trying to tackle the big one: money. 

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4 out of 5 stars
Corita Kent: Power Up
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Corita Kent: Power Up

Corita Kent: there were none like her. That’s one pun I’m not going to apologise for, because Sister Corita Kent liked to have fun with words. And she liked to tell the truth with them and that sentence is also true: there were none quite like her, as this exhibition of flamboyantly coloured prints at the House of Illustration shows. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

If you’re looking for a one-word review of the V&A’s Christian Dior exhibition then here it is: fantasy. As spelled out by its own subtitle – ‘Designer of Dreams’ – this blockbuster showcase of a globally famous fashion label is about clothes and the imagination.  

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4 out of 5 stars
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Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution
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Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution

Centred on fashion designer Mary Quant and Habitat founder Terence Conran, this show shines a light on domestic life from 1952-1977, showing how knives and forks changed as much as knickers and frocks. 

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Home Futures
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Home Futures

William Morris famously advised: ‘have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’. The Design Museum’s latest exhibition is filled with over 150 domestic designs both useful and beautiful, all created with the intention of revolutionising how we conduct ourselves behind closed doors. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Brick Wonders
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Brick Wonders

Lego lovers can get a first look at the Horniman Museum’s Brick Wonders exhibition, which kicks off on the first day of half-term. There are about 50 Lego models on display – that’s about half a million bricks if you’re counting – covering everything from ancient pyramids to the International Space Station. There are interactive play areas and a mini-cinema showing LEGO animation shorts, and you can buy a combi ticket if you fancy ticking off the aquarium and Butterfly House while you’re here.

Bedrooms of London

Bedrooms of London

This fascinating - and very timely - new documentary photography series by Katie Wilson captures the London homes of impoverished children. With nowhere near enough social housing available, these images show what the 700,000 kids below the poverty line are having to cope with. 

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Jews, Money, Myth
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Jews, Money, Myth

Countless accusations have been lobbed at Jews over the millennia. They’re money-grabbing, hooked-nosed Christ-killers who control global finances, Hollywood and the music industry. On the flipside, at least they’re hilarious, right? Look, if all of that was true, as a lifelong Jew surely I’d be a lot richer and a hell of a lot funnier than I am. But no, stereotypes prevail, and the Jewish Museum is trying to tackle the big one: money. 

Body Worlds

Body Worlds

Gunther von Hagens' famous collection of **REAL BODIES** preserved via his own 'plastination' technique find a permanent home bang in the centre of London. That's right, en route to Chinatown or Theatreland you can now stop off for a quick reminder of what lurks beneath your own skin. Von Hagens' calling card might seem like something for living Draculas to get high on, but visitors report finding the skinless cadavers sincerely life-affirming, sometimes even spurring them on to give up the booze and start exercising. 

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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).

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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
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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