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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. Ongoing 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. Until 3 Sep Book now

The Art of the Brick: DC Superheroes at South Bank

Marvel at spectacular Lego sculptures inspired by the world of superheroes with Art of the Brick: DC Superheroes at South Bank's Doon Street Car Park. The exhibition boasts more than two million Lego bricks, turned into works of art by famous Lego artist Sawaya. Highlights include Super Woman, Batman, Joker and Superman. Until 4 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. Until 1 Oct Book now

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. Until 28 Jun

Every Object Tells a Story at 5 Cromwell Place

Discover a host of rare and curious objects from ancient and lost civilisations with Every Object Tells a Story at 5 Cromwell Place. The quirky collection includes artefacts once owned by historic figures such as King James II and Genghis Khan’s nephew, displayed in the fascinating setting of Sir John Lavery’s former studio. Until 5 Jul

Dear Diary: A Celebration of Diaries and their Digital Descendants at Somerset House’s Inigo Rooms

Peek into the life of diarists from all times and backgrounds with Dear Diary: A Celebration of Diaries and their Digital Descendants at Somerset House’s Inigo Rooms. See a varied collection of paper and digital diaries, from 15th-century manuscripts to 2017 blogs, and see how they reflect their owners’ view of the world. 26 May-7 Jul

People Power: Fighting for Peace at IWM London

Learn about the evolution of anti-war movements in the UK with People Power: Fighting for Peace at the Imperial War Museum. Discover how protests for peace have shaped British history through an engaging display of items from the First and Second World Wars, up to the present day. Until 28 Aug

Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction at the Barbican

Delve into the experimental world of science fiction with Into the Unknown at Barbican The Curve. Find displays from sci-fi cult classics Star Wars, Alien, Godzilla and Jurassic Park as you explore the genre through a festival-style exhibition of film, music and contemporary art. Until 1 Sep

Robots at Science Museum

Take a journey through the history of robotics with Robots at the Science Museum. Discover how and why humans have always been trying to recreate version of themselves thorough a display of more than 100 robots, from a 16th-century iron manikin to modern robots capable of showing emotions. Until 3 Sep

Tunnel: the Archaeology of Crossrail at Museum of London Docklands

Discover the capital’s hidden history with Tunnel: the Archaeology of Crossrail at Museum of London Docklands. See which curious objects were found during the construction works of Crossrail, London’s new railway, from a 17th-century human skeleton to 19th-century ginger jars. Until 3 Sep

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. Until 10 Sep

Sensational Butterflies at Natural History Museum

Escape to a rainforest with Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum. Venture on a trail through a tropical habitat of plants flowers, as butterflies flutter over your head, and discover the fascinating world of caterpillars and chrysalises. Be amazed by beautiful butterflies of all colours and lose yourself in this lush environment. Until 17 Sep

Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent at Somerset House

Experience the creations of 10 seminal perfumers with Perfume: A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent at Somerset House. Savour some of last century’s most iconic fragrances and discover the inspiration behind each one. You can also visit a fully functioning perfume laboratory in Somerset House. 21 Jun-17 Sep

California: Designing Freedom at Design Museum

Discover how the Golden State has inspired new ways of looking at design and creativity with California: Designing Freedom at the Design Museum. Explore how California has become synonymous with personal liberation, from the hippy movements of the 1960s to Silicon Valley, through more than 200 revolutionary objects. 24 May-15 Oct

Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World at Kensington Palace

Relive a defining era in British history through the lives of three princesses with Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World at Kensington Palace. Get an insight into the private lives of these fascinating royal women through a collection of artworks, stunning ceramics and personal objects. 22 Jun-12 Nov

Queen Charlotte, Johann Joseph Zoffany 1771, Royal Collection Trust. Copyright: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion at Victoria and Albert Museum

Celebrate the work of one of the most influential designers of the 20th century with Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum. See more than 100 items of clothing designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, alongside photographs, sketches, and catwalk footage from his most successful seasons. 27 May-18 Feb