Many museums in London have new and exciting exhibitions to enjoy across the city.
Museums are due to reopen on 17 May at the earliest, following the proposed easing of coronavirus restrictions. Check back nearer the time for confirmation and be aware that some venues listed may still be closed after that date. You may also need to book tickets in advance, even if entrance is free.
New London exhibitions at museums
1. Chintz: Cotton in Bloom at the Fashion and Textile Museum
2. Constance Spry and the Fashion for Flowers at the Garden Museum
3. Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street at the Design Museum
4. Nero: Man Behind Myth at the British Museum
5. Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits at National Maritime Museum
Enjoy a look at key figures in the British monarchy, as more than 150 portraits go on display at the National Maritime Museum. Run in conjunction with the National Gallery, Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits covers 500 years of history, and showcases works by major artists and photographers such as Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz. 28 May-31 Oct
For even more royal portraits, check out Faces of a Queen: The Armada Portraits of Elizabeth I, at neighbouring Queen’s House. 17 May-Sep
6. Our Future Planet at Science Museum
Returning museum exhibitions in London
7. Refugees: Forced to Flee at the Imperial War Museum
Put yourself in the shoes of families fleeing from war over the past century as you view recordings, photographs, pieces of art and documents telling stories of thousands forced to make tough decisions due to conflict in Refugees: Forced to Flee at the Imperial War Museum. 19 May-13 Jun
You can also spot the museum's new installation Ai Weiwei History of Bombs, which explores international migration and the human capacity for destruction. 19 May-5 Sep
8. Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Tumble down the rabbit hole like never before during The V&A’s immersive exhibition on the history of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Expect plenty of theatrics, as Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser charts the story’s 157-year history, from illustrations in the first published edition to references in modern culture. 22 May-31 Dec
Alternatively, see another returning exhibition, Bags: Inside Out (19 May-16 Jan), which showcases iconic bags through the ages; or see new exhibition Epic Iran that spans 5,000 years of Iranian culture, art and design (29 May-12 Sep).
9. Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature at the Natural History Museum
Where do wonders of the natural world end and mythical beings begin? The Natural History Museum’s exhibition Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature looks into how animals use almost magical behaviours and techniques to attract mates or to confuse predators in order to make a hasty escape. 17 May-3 Jan
While there, discover sensational images of the natural world by professional and amateur photographers in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. 17 May-1 Aug
10. Hidden London at London Transport Museum
The London Transport Museum’s unique Hidden London exhibition takes you beneath London's streets, into abandoned Tube stations. Learn how these now disused spaces were once functioning stations, and discover how they played a crucial role in wartime efforts during the Second World War. You'll uncover posters, photos and even a recreated ticket hall! 17 May-autumn 2023
If you're not yet able to visit London, check out virtual exhibitions and museum tours from home.