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Don't miss these fantastic London museum exhibitions.

Many of London's museums are free to enter, but they also offer a wide range of temporary paid-for exhibitions – find our top picks below. 

Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace

A lady wearing white gloves holds the blue velvet 'Travolta' dress.

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. OngoingBook now

Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018 at the Design Museum

Look at political consciousness through the lens of graphic design with Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-2018 at the Design Museum. Discover how posters and evocative designs have informed political protests across the globe over the last 10 years. Until 12 Aug

DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes at The O2

Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman.

Get an insight into the world of legendary comics with DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes at The O2. Discover the secrets behind the creation of iconic characters such as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman through a display of preparatory sketches, original comic pages and props from major Hollywood films. Until 9 Sep. Book now

Stories from the City: The Bank of England in Literature at the Bank of England Museum

A portrait of Charles Dickens used for the £10 note.

Learn more about the marvellous novels inspired by one of the world's oldest financial institutions with Stories from the City: The Bank of England in Literature at the Bank of England MuseumUntil 14 Sep

Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum

A girl looks up at a butterfly, which has landed on her forehead.

Escape to the tropics with Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum. Embark on a trail through a jungle-style habitat, as butterflies flutter over your head. Be amazed by beautiful and colourful specimens, and learn more about their life cycle, from caterpillars to elegant flying creatures. Until 16 Sep

Prince and Patron at Buckingham Palace

A selection of artworks line Buckingham Palace's State Rooms for the Prince and Patron exhibition

Get up close to some of Prince Charles' favourite artworks during Buckingham Palace's annual summer opening. Featuring more than 100 items including furniture, painting and textiles, the Prince and Patron exhibition celebrates the Prince of Wales' 70th birthday. Until 30 Sep

Voice and Vote: Women's Place in Parliament at the Houses of Parliament

Notebooks, letters, photographs and a sash reading 'Votes for Women'.

Find out more about the history of women securing the right to vote with Voice and Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament at the Houses of Parliament. Journey through history with rare and previously unseen artifacts from the archives, and enjoy immersive exhibits in recreations of lost spaces within the famous building. Until 6 Oct

Colour: The Rainbow Revealed at Horniman Museum and Gardens

Colour: The Rainbow Revealed.

Discover how colour is used in the natural world with Colour: The Rainbow Revealed at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. Be surprised by how pigments are perceived differently around the globe, and explore fun and interactive displays that look into how animals use colours to warn predators or to attract mates. Until 28 Oct

Roman Dead at the Museum of London Docklands

A lady examines a human skull.

Study more than 200 Roman objects uncovered in London with the Museum of London Docklands’ Roman Dead exhibition. See a sarcophagus on display for the first time since it was recovered last year in Southwark and explore how death was perceived in Roman times. Until 28 Oct

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Frida Kahlo dressed in orange with a floral hat, holding a figurine.

Learn more about the life of artist Frida Kahlo through a collection of personal objects, from cosmetics and corsets, to self-portraits and figurines. The intriguing items that form The V&A’s Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up exhibition have never before been displayed outside of the artist’s native Mexico. Until 4 Nov

London Nights at the Museum of London

Rut Blees Luxemburg's image: London A Modern Project, 1995, which shows a tower block illuminated at night.

Catch a glimpse of London life at night through a collection of more than 200 photographs and films at the Museum of London’s awakening London Nights exhibition. Find works from 60 photographers, ranging from the 19th century to today, which show London in a new light, after dark. Until 11 Nov

Life in the Dark at the Natural History Museum

A pale-throated sloth clings to a tree.

Encounter the weird and wonderful world of nocturnal animals, as the Natural History Museum shines a light on lesser-known creatures with Life in the Dark. Be amazed by underwater bioluminescent displays, spot a live Mexican blind cave fish and smell the pungent odours of a bat cave. Until 6 Jan

Fashioned from Nature at the Victoria and Albert Museum

T-shirt with text 'It's getting hot in here'

Discover how the natural world influences fashion with Fashioned from Nature at the Victoria and Albert Museum. See more than 300 fascinating objects and learn how contemporary designers have tackled environmental impacts through their work. Until 27 Jan