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

Defining Beauty

Learn how the human form was behind some of the greatest treasures in art history with Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art. Drawing on the astounding collection of items available to the British Museum, this exhibition features some of the most beautiful sculptures from the time. 26 Mar-5 Jul Book Now

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

What is Luxury?

Delve into a world of beautiful craftsmanship and stunning design as the V&A Museum asks: What is Luxury? Discover the reasoning behind our concept of a luxury item and find out exactly which properties something needs to be legitimately described as luxurious. 25 Apr-27 Sep

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


Delve into the world of the crime scene investigator at the Wellcome Collection in the compelling exhibition Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime. Featuring everything from photographic documentation to genuine specimens, this is a chance to discover the realities of the science. 26 Feb-21 Jun

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

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