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Top ten museum exhibitions in London

Check out our pick of the city's best cultural offerings at the top ten museum exhibitions in London

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Get ready culture vultures: London’s best museums are home to some cracking exhibitions now, throughout 2018 and beyond. Whatever the day, week or season, there’s always an exciting show in London’s events calendar to delve into, on subjects as varied as ancient history, fashion and the natural world. Here’s our pick of the top ten museum exhibitions on in London right now.
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The best museum exhibitions in London

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

4 out of 5 stars

Opera’s more than voluptuous women belting out high notes – it’s also a masterclass in Europe’s social, political and cultural history. The V&A explores these aspects of opera – from its origins in Italy to its wildfire-like spread in Europe – through the lens of seven operatic debuts in seven different European cities spanning a period of 400 years. 

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V&A , Brompton Until Sunday February 25 2018

Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Those who remember reading 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' when it was first published may well be aghast to discover that was a whopping 20 years ago – yes, the global phenomenon that is the Boy Who Lived is officially two decades old. The British Library are pulling out all the stops on this celebratory exhibition, modelling each room around a Hogwarts subject. 

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British Library , Euston Until Wednesday February 28 2018

Illuminating India

India is heading to South Kensington for the Science Museum’s latest season, celebrating the global influence of India’s science, culture and thought. Joining ‘Illuminating India’ is Danny Boyle in a Q&A following a special screening of 'Slum Dog Millionaire', the 'Bluebird Tea Company' hosting tea blending workshops, renowned speaker Sadhguru – named one of India’s 50 most influential people.

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Science Museum , Brompton Until Saturday March 31 2018

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring A Classic

The V&A will be drawing extensively from its own collection of drawings, letters, photographs and manuscripts to tell the story of the tremendous success of Hundred Acre Wood's world-famous resident. 

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V&A , Brompton Until Sunday April 8 2018

Ayurvedic Man: Encounters with Indian Medicine

This exhibition is named after an 18th-century painting showing the organs and vessels of the male body according to classical Ayurveda. Ayurveda, then, is a centuries-old yet always-changing set of medical practices based on diagnostics and treatment premedicated on herbal medication, diet and massage. 

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Wellcome Collection , Bloomsbury Until Sunday April 8 2018

ABBA: Super Troupers

Enter the world of the iconic Swedish foursome in this immersive exhibition charting ABBA's music, lyrics, creative process and influence. Part of the Southbank Centre’s Nordic Matters season, the exhibition brings together objects from private archives and ABBA The Museum in Stockholm.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Until Sunday April 29 2018

The Lost Words

3 out of 5 stars

‘The Lost Words’, a collaboration between nature writer Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris, is a lot less Middle-England finger-wagging than it sounds. 

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Foundling Museum , Bloomsbury Until Sunday May 6 2018

T-Shirt: Cult - Culture - Subversion

If you’ve never pondered the meaning of the most affordable and popular item of clothing on the planet, then get ready top have your world turned. 'T-Shirt: Cult - Culture - Subversion' explores the many roles of the humble tee from wearable protest banner to rock’n'roll tribute. Plus, get a load of Vivienne Westwood’s private collection while you’re at it. Find out more here.

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Fashion and Textile Museum , London Bridge Until Sunday May 6 2018

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Surat K

Go and See the first exhibition on trans and gender nonconforming people of faith in the UK - now open at Islington Museum for LGBT History Month - stunning portrait photography by Christa Holka!  'After-dark event with audio installation tomorrow Thu 11/02  more info www.twilightpeople,com


I must be missing something - i only see 9! And i don't see the Bowie at the V&A and that simply MUST be on there!


And the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition opening on Monday is'nt even mentioned !


yes and what can i do TODAY please!