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Many of London's museums are free to enter, but they also offer a wide range of temporary paid-for exhibitions. Don't miss these fantastic London museum exhibitions as selected by our editorial team. 

Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace

See some of Princess Diana's most impressive outfits with Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace. Discover how Diana used her image to inspire people and to champion the causes she cared about, and marvel at the beautiful gowns and working outfits she used to wear in the 1980s and 1990s. From 24 Feb. Book now

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition at The O2

Come face to face with the legendary saga’s beloved characters with Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition at The O2. Take a journey though the evolution of Star Wars’ most famous characters and see hundreds of models, costumes and props from the films. Enjoy special interactive displays and create a unique Star Wars character based on your personality traits. 18 Nov-3 Sep. Book now

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Discover more than 350 artefacts from one of the world’s most influential bands with The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The first international retrospective dedicated to the pioneering artists, Their Mortal Remains takes you on a multi-sensory journey through Pink Floyd’s psychedelic world and their influence on music, fashion and design. 13 May 2017-1 Oct 2017. Book now

The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined at Barbican Art Gallery

Take a journey through the history of fashion, and discover how the idea of vulgarity has radically changed over time with The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined at Barbican Art Gallery. See spectacular outfits by top designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Dior and Vivienne Westwood as you explore the concept of provocation and exaggeration. 13 Oct-5 Feb

Wildlife Photographer of The Year at Natural History Museum

Be amazed by stunning images from the natural world with the Natural History Museum’s beloved Wildlife Photographer of The Year competition. Witness beautiful landscape shots and portraits of curious animals and plants. The 100 images on display were shortlisted from almost 50,000 competing entries, and embody all the best elements of photojournalism. 21 Oct-10 Sep

Fire! Fire! at the Museum of London

Relive the Great Fire of 1666, and learn all about the impact of one of London's most infamous disasters with Fire! Fire! at the Museum of London. Walk through a recreated city before, during and after the fire, with an interactive exhibition that marks its 350th anniversary. 23 Jul-17 Apr



Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Discover the secrets that lie beneath fashion, as the Victoria and Albert Museum bares all in Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear. From supporting and shaping the body in line with the latest trends, to its sensual appeal, the exhibition looks at the changing roles and practicalities of underwear through the centuries. 16 Apr-12 Mar

Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered at V&A Museum of Childhood

Rediscover your favourite childhood games with Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered at V&A Museum of Childhood. Admire beloved classing board games in special editions from different periods of time, from the museum’s extensive collection. Highlights of the exhibition include beautiful examples of The Game of the Goose, Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit. 8 Oct-23 Apr

Alice in Wonderland Chess set. Photo: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-70 at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Relive the 1960s’ counterculture movements with You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-70 at the Victoria and Albert Museum. A revolutionary era for civil rights, the environment and a renewed lifestyle, this period was marked by exceptional music, fashion and artistic expressions. 10 Sep-26 Feb

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year at the Royal Observatory Greenwich

Marvel at breathtaking images of our solar system with Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. The annual exhibition features stunning shots of the sky, stars, aurorae, asteroids and planets by the 2016 winning entries of the competition alongside notable runners-up. 17 Sep-28 Jun

Christmas Past: 400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Homes at the Geffrye Museum

Discover how Christmas has been celebrated through time with Christmas Past: 400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Homes at the Geffrye Museum. Explore the museum’s period rooms as they are transformed for Christmas using seasonal decorations, lighting, greenery and music; each one representing a different era in English history. 22 Nov-8 Jan

Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity at National Maritime Museum

Relive the remarkable life of one of the most influential women of the 18th century with Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity at National Maritime Museum. Retrace her story through personal objects (such as Horatio Nelson’s betrothal ring) and stunning paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds, George Romney and Sir Thomas Lawrence. 4 Nov-17 Apr

Making Nature: How We See Animals at Wellcome Collection

Explore the relationship between humans and the natural world with Making Nature: How We See Animals at the Wellcome Collection. Learn how artists, philosophers and scientists have built different hierarchies in their view of nature through more than 100 curious objects and artworks. 1 Dec-21 May

Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery at Victoria and Albert Museum

Discover rare and precious examples of medieval embroidery exhibited together for the first time with Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery at Victoria and Albert Museum. Learn about the life of the important Middle Age personalities who owned these objects, from Thomas Becket to Queen Eleanor of Castile. 1 Oct-5 Feb

Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line at the British Library

Retrace the events that marked the last century with Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line at the British Library. Learn about the influence of cartography and see rare maps from the British Library’s collection, from Nazi-war propaganda maps to never-before-displayed Ministry of Defence educational charts. 4 Nov-1 Mar

The Forth Clyde and Tay 1961. Photo: UK Crown Copyright 2015

Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World at Design Museum

Discover how design can have an impact on our emotions with Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World at the Design Museum. Explore 11 spectacular installations by major international designers and see how they tackled issues such as displacement, recycling and globalisation. 24 Nov-23 Apr