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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.

TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the Saatchi Gallery

Close up of King Tutankhamun's canopic coffinette.

Discover 150 original artefacts from King Tut’s royal tomb by visiting TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the Saatchi Gallery. Explore the meaning behind the burial items and learn the fascinating story of how British explorer Howard Carter and financier Lord Carnarvon unearthed the ancient Egyptian tomb. 2 Nov-3 May. Book now

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. Book now 

Beasts of London at the Museum of London

Fox drawn on a wall as part of the Beasts of London exhibition at the Museum of London

Meet the animals – from lions and elephants, to horses, rats and foxes – who have shaped London's history during Beasts of London, a fully interactive digital installation at the Museum of London. Voicing these animals are big names, including Kate Moss, Stephen Mangan, Angellica Bell and Joe Pasquale. Until 5 Jan

Culture Under Attack at IWM London

Two women look at an image of a jazz band, with the words "Jazz meant more than just music to us during the war." - Hans Otto-Jung, Frankfurt Hot Club.

Delve into how culture suffers at the hands of conflict or dictatorship in a trio of exhibitions as part of Culture Under Attack at IWM London. Discover how cultural heritage can be destroyed by war in What Remains, learn about London museums and galleries' plans to hide exhibits and artwork during the Second World War in Art in Exile, and find inspiring stories of musicians who have used their talents to rise up in the face of oppression with Rebel Sounds. Until 5 Jan

Mary Quant at the V&A

Blue, green, purple and yellow raincoats on display at the V&A's Mary Quant exhibition

From miniskirts and makeup to colourful raincoats and tailored trousers, discover how iconic fashion designer Dame Mary Quant revolutionised the British high street, making fashion less exclusive, more accessible and more fun, at the V&A’s Mary Quant retrospective. See more than 120 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer's personal archive. Until 16 Feb

Troy: Myth and Reality at the British Museum

Filippo Albacini (1777–1858), The Wounded Achilles. Marble, 1825. As seen on display at the British Museum's Troy exhibition

From ancient sculptures and vase paintings to contemporary works, explore the art that tells the captivating story of the Trojan War at Troy: Myth and Reality at the British Museum. Decide for yourself what is myth and reality as you learn more about the abduction of Helen of Troy, the subterfuge of the Trojan Horse and the subsequent fall of the city. 21 Nov-8 Mar

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

The Milky Way stretching over the snow-covered Dolomites at night, captured by Nicolai Brügger, as part of the Insight Astronomer of the Year exhibition at the NMM

Enjoy an out-of-this-world lineup of images during the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition at the National Maritime Museum. The display features 100 images including several spectacular captures of the Milky Way and an Aurora Australis gliding over Tasmania’s east coast. Find more galactic exhibits in the museum's The Moon ExhibitionUntil 26 Apr

Hidden London: the Exhibition at the London Transport Museum

Factory workers at Plessey, 1941, as part of Hidden London: the Exhibition at the London Transport Museum

Visit a recreated abandoned Tube station and discover the fascinating history and secrets of the world’s oldest subterranean railway during Hidden London: the Exhibition at the London Transport Museum. Find out about underground wartime stories and see the largest number of archive photos, objects and vintage posters from disused stations. Until Jan 2021

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. Check back later for details of the special exhibition for 2020. Jul-Sep TBC

Discover more current and upcoming exhibitions in London with our pick of the top art exhibitions in the capital. Keep an eye on more cultural events with our guides to what's on this weekend and things to do today. Or take a seasonal look at London's cultural calendar with our monthly ideas. Make sure to also download the Visit London app for ideas on the go.