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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. 

Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace

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. Ongoing Book now

My Name is Prince at The O2

Retrace the story of a legendary performer with My Name is Prince at The O2. Celebrate Prince’s legacy through hundreds of artifacts from Paisley Park, Prince’s famous Minnesota mansion, all of which have never been exhibited before. Highlights include iconic instruments, stage outfits, and hand-written song lyrics. 27 Oct-7 Jan Book now

Elvis on Tour at The O2

Discover what went into making the King’s legendary concerts with Elvis on Tour at The O2. Explore a rare display of jewellery, iconic jumpsuits and original interviews, and get a real insight into the world of Elvis Presley's mindblowing shows. 3 Nov-4 Feb Book now

Whales: Beneath the Surface at the Natural History Museum

Uncover the secrets of the sea’s giants with Whales: Beneath the Surface at the Natural History Museum. Retrace the evolutionary journey of these fascinating animals through skeletons, skulls and organs, and learn all about the whales’ eating habits and communication systems. Until 28 Feb Book now

Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World at Kensington Palace

Relive a defining era in British history through the lives of three princesses with Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World at Kensington Palace. Get an insight into the private lives of these fascinating royal women through a collection of artworks, stunning ceramics and personal objects. Until 12 Nov

Queen Charlotte, Johann Joseph Zoffany 1771, Royal Collection Trust. Copyright: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

The City is Ours at Museum of London

Discover how urban centres are evolving and get an insight into the future of modern metropolises with The City is Ours at Museum of London. Experience 25 innovation plans which aim to improve life in the city for local communities through interactive and engaging installations. Until 2 Jan

Death in the Ice: The Shocking Story of Franklin’s Final Expedition at the National Maritime Museum

Relive the biggest ever British expedition to the Arctic with Death in the Ice: The Shocking Story of Franklin’s Final Expedition at the National Maritime Museum. Explore the mysterious fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew through objects, personal items and clothing, some of which are on show for the first time. Until 7 Jan

Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? At Wellcome Collection

Discover how graphic design affects the way we think about health with Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? at the Wellcome Collection. See how graphics can inform and persuade through more than 200 objects, from 16th-century anatomical pop-up books to flashing pharmacy signs. Until 14 Jan


Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia at British Museum

Discover an ancient nomadic culture with Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia at the British Museum. See rare artefacts from the long-hidden tribes that thrived in Siberia, plus relics that have been preserved under permafrost for thousands of years. Until 14 Jan

Beazley Designs of the Year at Design Museum

Celebrate the world’s most innovative design ideas with the Beazley Designs of the Year awards and accompanying exhibition at the Design Museum. See exciting and thought-provoking products, such as a hijab by Nike and Kanye West’s latest clothing line, and vote for your favourite design. 18 Oct-28 Jan

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion at Victoria and Albert Museum

Celebrate the work of one of the most influential designers of the 20th century with Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum. See more than 100 items of clothing designed by Cristóbal Balenciaga, alongside photographs, sketches, and catwalk footage from his most successful seasons. Until 18 Feb

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics at Victoria and Albert Museum

Commemorate 400 years of opera with Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, a spectacular exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in partnership with the Royal Opera House. Retrace Europe’s operatic history through more than 300 artefacts, and listen to opera performances through bespoke headphones as you explore the display. Until 25 Feb

Illuminating India at Science Museum

Celebrate India’s contributions to mathematics, science and technology with Illuminating India’s season of events at the Science Museum. The festival features a programme of art and workshops alongside two major exhibitions. Learn about the greatest Indian scientists and mathematicians with 5,000 Years of Science and Innovation, or retrace the history of photography in India with the Photography 1857-2017 exhibition. 4 Oct-31 Mar

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year at Royal Observatory Greenwich

Be amazed by breathtaking images of our Solar System with the Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. See 2017's winning entries in the competition’s nine main categories: Aurorae, Skyscapes, People and Space, Our Sun, Our Moon, Stars and Nebulae, Galaxies, and Planets, Comets and Asteroids. Until 22 Jul

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

Learn more about the marvellous novels inspired by one of the world's oldest financial institutions with the Stories from the City: The Bank of England in Literature at the Bank of England Museum. Until summer 2018