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
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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Frida Kahlo with Olmec figurine 1939. Photograph Nickolas Muray. Nickolas Muray Photo Archives
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Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up review
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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.
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'A red squirrel cleaning its teeth with Binaca tooth-cream, advertisement' (1944) courtesy of Wellcome Collection
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Teeth review
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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. 
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Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier review
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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. 
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The Future Starts Here review
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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... 
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Fashioned from Nature review
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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.
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I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria
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King Ashurbanipal's (r. 668–c. 631 BC) rule of the Assyrian Empire made him one of the most powerful men the world has ever known. But history hasn't quite granted him the recognition he deserves. The British Museum's major autumn 2018 exhibition seeks to remedy this, reconstructing Ashurbanipal's world through an extensive display of Assyrian artifacts demonstrating the rich history and culture of this ancient empire. 
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1920 tortoiseshell and feather fan with butterfly motif. Image courtesy of the Fan Museum.
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A Bird in the Hand
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Stop fannying about and get down to Greenwich for the Fan Museum's latest exhibition of fabulous, feathered fans. The use of our feathered friends to make extravagant fans dates back at least a thousand years, but peaked in popularity in the late 19th century. Marvel at this collection of Lady Windermere's favourite accessory in the only UK museum completely dedicated to them. 
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Image Courtesy of Keith Newstead
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A Curious Turn: Moving, Mechanical Sculpture
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The creepy, the magical and the downright bizarre come to life in this remarkable exhibition of automata. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to have a go with many of the contraptions, experiencing firsthand how a detailed series of cogs, bolts, wheels and artistry combine into a realistic whole. 
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Enid Marx: Print, Pattern and Popular Art
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You’ll find 150 works, many of which have not been displayed in public before, at this exhibition charting the career of mid-20th century designer and painter, Enid Marx. Moving from hand-printed textiles to industrially-produced weaves, the show includes her seating pattern for London Transport made in the ‘30s. 
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ABBA: Super Troupers
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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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House of Illustration
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The House of Illustration was founded by illustration extraordinaire, Sir Quentin Blake in 2014. It’s the UK’s only public gallery dedicated to illustration and the graphic arts and alongside exhibitions, the space hosts talks, events and an extensive learning programme delivered by professional illustrators.
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Exhibition now open! Discover the designer behind London Underground’s iconic seating fabrics, Enid Marx. On display until September 23.

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