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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

10 museum exhibitions we can’t wait to see in 2017
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10 museum exhibitions we can’t wait to see in 2017

2017 is going to be a golden year for exhibitions in London museums. Here's why

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Seven wonders of the British Museum
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Seven wonders of the British Museum

Every single object has a story to tell – cut to the chase with our seven favourite

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Perspectives Of Destruction: Images Of London, 1940-44
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Perspectives Of Destruction: Images Of London, 1940-44

Drawings of London during the Blitz by Graham Sutherland join work by artists Bill Brandt, John Piper and David Bomberg for this view on the biggest disaster the city had seen since the Great Fire. 

Diana: Her Fashion Story
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Diana: Her Fashion Story

From the salons of the Georgian period to the current residence of Kate and Wills, there’s always been a dash of excitement and style about Kensington Palace, setting it apart from the pomp and ceremony of the other palaces. Victoria lived here in her days as the 19th century’s ultimate It Girl, Princess Margaret called it home when she was out and about being the Coolest Royal in Town. And, of course, Diana, Princess of Wales lived here.  Following on from two excellent fashion-focused exhibitions in the past five years which have explored the royal household’s collaboration with the world’s most wanted designers and how they have expressed themselves and the personalities of princesses and The Queen whilst remaining dutiful to protocol, ‘Diana: Her Fashion Story’ is set to be every bit as authoritative and exciting for any visitor with an eye for serious style. Located in the palace’s Pigott Galleries, the exhibition (included in the main palace admission price) is a chance to get close to some of her most celebrated outfits – including THAT slinky black number she was wearing when she danced with John Travolta at the White House – and take a peek at the sketches made by her favourite designers, when outfits that would be make front page news were still being evolved. To tie in with the exhibition, the Palace garden will have a specially planted floral feature inspired by Di’s life, image and style – elegant tulips and scented narcisii through a carpet of 'forget me not

Tunnel: The Archaeology Of Crossrail
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Tunnel: The Archaeology Of Crossrail

See the archaelogical surprises Crossrail unearthed - including prehistoric flints, Roman horseshoes, and even a Tudor bowling ball - at this free exhibition. 

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Out of the Fire
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Out of the Fire

This exhibition explores St Paul's Cathedral before, during and after The Great Fire of London. The blaze which consumed the London landmark 350 years ago was rebuilt to designs made by Christopher Wren after the flames tore through it. Here you can discover objects that survived the fire, follow a family trail or join a tour and find out how the heat make the cathedral's stones explode like grenades.

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Must-see museum exhibitions in London

Hair by Sam McKnight
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Hair by Sam McKnight

It’s a well-known trick that if you get a facelift and you want it to remain a secret, you should get a haircut at the same time because then everyone will attribute your fresh face to your new ’do – such is the transformative power of hair. 

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Josef Frank Patterns–Furniture–Painting

Josef Frank Patterns–Furniture–Painting

There are tons of reasons to be depressed right now. Fortunately, the retrospective of architect and designer Josef Frank’s work at the Fashion and Textile Museum is the visual and emotional equivalent of a comforting cup of tea and a nice sit-down.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
Making Nature: How we See Animals
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Making Nature: How we See Animals

Mental asylums. Mind-altering drugs. Dirt. The Wellcome Collection has carved out a rep for delivering exhibitions that are outlandish without ever being sensationalist. And while the premise of their latest show – the relationship between humans and animals – might not have the same WTF factor, it’s still just as quirky and enthralling.

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Child's Play
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Child's Play

There’s a deceptively simple premise to this show. Documentary artist Mark Neville has taken photographs of children playing around the world. There are children playing in Helmand and the Highlands. In Pittsburgh and Kenya and the Ukraine. Some of them are playing children’s games, some are part of a much more grown-up world of organised celebrations: parades, feasts and dances.

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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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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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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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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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