Top 10 Museum Exhibitions

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. 

Britain: One Million Years

Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story is the fascinating  exhibition at the Natural History Museum. Going back to the Swanscombe skull (from the earliest known Neanderthal in Britain) and the Clacton spear (the oldest wooden spear in the world), visitors are taken back in time with some amazing objects from Britain's past. 13 Feb-29 Sep

The Glamour of Italian Fashion

A showcase of Italian fashion since 1945 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in Kensington, including gemstone designs once owned by actor Elizabeth Taylor. Visitors can examine the craftsmanship and luxurious materials that have made Italy a leader in couture and fine tailoring. 5 Apr-27 Jul


Celebrate London’s bridges at Bridge, the largest and most ambitious exhibition to have been staged at the Museum of London Docklands. Bridge draws on the museum’s vast collection of significant artworks, many of which are incredibly rare and have not been seen in public. 27 Jun-2 Nov

Mammoths: Ice Age Giants

Go on an inspiring journey through the life of one of the largest creatures ever to walk Earth with Mammoths: Ice Age Giants at the Natural History Museum. Combining cutting-edge science, original skeletons and life-sized models, this is a chance for a close encounter with a long dead species. 23 May-7 Sep

Ancient Lives, New Discoveries

People from the distant past are brought to life in this fascinating exhibition which introduces visitors to eight people from ancient Egypt and Sudan. Their remains have been miraculously preserved, either from natural processes or careful embalming, ready for their encounter with the 21st century. 22 May-30 Nov

Sensational Butterflies

Sensational Butterflies is the new interactive exhibition at the Natural History Museum. Visitors can take a stroll among hundreds of the colourful creatures, becoming involved in an exhibition in new and exciting ways. 3 Apr-15 Sep

Bond in Motion

Bond in Motion is the largest collection of official James Bond vehicles to ever be displayed in London. The exhibition includes models, production art, props and iconic vehicles including the white Lotus Esprit/submarine from The Spy Who Loved Me and ‘Little Nellie’ from You Only Live Twice. 21 Mar-31 Dec

Wedding Dresses 1775-2014

A detailed history of the white wedding dress, from the 18th century to the modern day at the Victoria and Albert Museum. On display are some of the most romantic and extravagant examples from the museum’s vast collection. Among them is work by important designers such as Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano. 3 May-15 Mar.

Useful and Beautiful

The exhibition is a showcase of innovation and creativity relating to objects made for use in the home. The work of bright new talents and established designers has been brought together, covering everything from wallpaper, furniture and lighting to homeware and domestic products. 29 Apr-25 Aug

Ships, Clocks and Stars

The Ships, Clocks and Stars: the Quest for Longitude exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich is your chance to learn about mankind's understanding of Earth's oceans and the race to discover longitude at sea. 11 Jul-4 Jan

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