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. 

Alexander McQueen

The highly-anticipated Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition arrives at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibition is the only retrospective of the imaginative designer, a man who pushed the limits of art, fashion and technology. 14 Mar-2 Aug

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-12 Jul

War Story: Afghanistan

Head to the Imperial War Museum for a revealing look at the day-to-day lives of combat soldiers at War Story: Afghanistan 2014. Focussing on the personal details of the soldiers, this is a fascinating presentation of troop experiences. 23 Oct-6 Sep

Shoes: Pleasure And Pain

Delve into a world of beauty and suffering at the V&A with its fascinating story of footwear, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, with examples of rare, historic and also some very famous pairs of shoes on display. 13 Jun-31 Jan

Coral Reefs

Experience the colourful wonders of the deep at the Natural History Museum’s latest spectacular exhibition, Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea. Inspect more than 200 weird and wonderful specimens from the museum’s vast collection. 27 Mar-13 Sep

Indigenous Australia

Experience a fresh take on Indigenous Australia as the British Museum takes you through 60,000 years of human history. Uncover their stories through rare historic items such as shields and weapons, early indigenous art and current, specially commissioned pieces. 23 Apr-2 Aug

The Alice Look

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's much-loved trip to Wonderland with The Alice Look at the V&A Museum of Childhood. Highlights include book cover designs by Vivienne Westwood, photographs by Annie Leibovitz and Japanese Lolita clothing. 2 May-1 Nov

Designs of the Year 2015

Be inspired by some of the greatest creative talents in the world with Designs of the Year 2015 at the Design Museum. The annual event, now in its eighth year, covers all areas of design from around the world, looking for creations that show innovation and originality. 25 Mar-16 Aug


Discover the surprising secret powers that your diet holds over you with Cravings: can your food control you? at the Science Museum. Find out how a person’s current and future appetites have already been decided. Until Jan 2016

Crime Museum Uncovered

Delve into the murky world of murder, theft, gangs and violence with The Crime Museum Uncovered exhibition at the Museum of London. Objects and evidence from the Great Train Robbery of 1963 to the Millennium Dome Diamond Heist are on display. 9 Oct-10 Apr