The best museum exhibitions in London
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.