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Top museum exhibitions in London

From blockbuster shows at some of the capital’s most iconic museums to immersive exhibits in quirkier spaces, catch the best museum exhibitions in London right now.

Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at ExCeL London

Hydraulic Hulkster exhibit at the Marvel Avengers Station

Come face-to-face with your favourite characters during Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at ExCeL London. Step inside the films and become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, try lifting the hammer of Thor Odinson, and get up close to original Avengers props. Until 31 Mar

The Sun: Living with our Star at the Science Museum

Entrance to The Sun Living with our Star exhibition

Learn all about our closest star with interactive exhibition The Sun: Living with our Star at the Science Museum. Browse 3,000-year-old artefacts, watch sunrises across the world and see a nuclear fusion reactor. You can also relax under palm trees at the museum’s indoor beach. Until 6 May

Can Marketing Save Lives? at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

Warning sign asking people not to spit and possibly spread consumption

Discover how public health marketing campaigns have influenced and persuaded members of the public with Can Marketing Save Lives? at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. View powerful campaigns on topics such as Aids, immunisation and smoking, through posters and adverts. Until 26 May

The Lore of the Land at the Horniman Museum

Exhibits at the Horniman Museum as part of the Lore of the Land exhibition

Experience a multi-sensory exhibition exploring humans’ spiritual and cultural relationships with nature, with The Lore of the Land at the Horniman Museum. Study more than 100 unique and unusual anthropological pieces, including a dowsing stick and a statue of an African deity. Until 2 Jun

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum

Two Qinling golden snub-nosed monkeys rest on a stone as part of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum

View some of the finest examples of photography at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum. The exhibition showcases 100 of the very best images of wildlife, including a glowing firefly larva, a striking lioness and fish looking for love. Until 30 Jun

Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year at the National Maritime Museum

Astronomy image from Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition at National Maritime Museum

Enjoy an out-of-this-world lineup of images during the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition. Taking place in the National Maritime Museum’s new gallery, the display features more than 100 stunning images including a mosaic of the Great Orion and an Aurora Borealis gliding over Iceland’s south coast. Until 4 Aug

Manga at the British Museum

Golden Kamuy by Noda Satoru as part of the Manga exhibition at the British Museum

Delve into the history and cultural impact of manga at the largest exhibition of the narrative art form outside Japan: Manga at the British Museum. From early incarnations in 19th-century drawings by Japanese master Hokusai to its evolution into anime, cosplay and gaming, learn about a global phenomenon and experience it for yourself at special screenings, lectures and more. 23 May-26 Aug

Buckingham Palace tour: summer opening

The Throne Room at Buckingham Palace, featuring two red throne chairs, red carpet and chandeliers.

Visit the official London residence of the Queen, as Buckingham Palace opens its doors to the public every summer. Explore the lavishly furnished State Rooms of one of the world's few remaining working royal palaces, and look out for some of the Royal Collection's greatest treasures on display. A special exhibition also marks 200 years since Queen Victoria's birth. 20 Jul-31 Aug. Book now

Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition at the Design Museum

Still of a man holding a glass of milk from the film A Clockwork Orange as part of Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition at the Design Museum

Step inside the world of one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century, with Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition at the Design Museum. Original props, costumes, set models and rare photographs explore the filmmaker's career and body of work, which includes such iconic films as 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining and A Clockwork Orange. 26 Apr-15 Sep

New galleries at the National Maritime Museum 

Various objects connected with the sea at the National Maritime Museum

Check out more than 1,100 new objects at the National Maritime Museum’s four new galleries: Polar Worlds, Tudor and Stuart Seafarers, Sea Things, and Pacific Encounters. Focusing on the theme of exploration, the exhibits reveal the impact of British and European maritime adventures, from the 15th century to the present day. Ongoing

Body Worlds at the London Pavilion

Three skeletons playing poker as part of Body Worlds exhibition

Get under the skin of the human body with Body Worlds at the London Pavilion. This world-renowned exhibition features around 200 display items, including donated bodies preserved for public viewing, and offers the chance to reflect on how lifestyle choices impact our health. Ongoing