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. 

Ming Exhibition

Witness displays of some of the finest porcelain, gold, furniture and jewellery from China's Ming Dynasty at the British Museum's exhibition Ming: 50 Years that Changed China. Collected from museums around the world, many rare items have not been seen before in public. 18 Sep-5 Jan


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

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

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

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.

Ships, Clocks & 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 during the 18th and 19th centuries. 11 Jul-4 Jan

Serpentine Pavilion 2014

Don't miss this year's Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic. Employing his trademark consideration for social conditions, environments and materials, it was the visitor experience that he had as a priority when creating the work, leading to a shell-like construct. 26 Jun-19 Oct

Women Fashion Power

Discover the fascinating relationship between influential women and their clothes in Women Fashion Power at the Design Museum. Designed by architect Zaha Hadid, this exhibition shows how the clothes women wear are part of a visual language that assists them in expressing themselves. 29 0ct-26 Apr

William Morris and His Legacy

Explore the wide-ranging genius of designer William Morris at the National Portrait Gallery, with Anarchy and Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, 1860-1960. An incredibly influential figure in late 19th and early 20th-century life, Morris was a political man who helped shape the arts, helping to bring the culture of art and design to the masses. 16 Oct-11 Jan

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