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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

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, none of which have never been exhibited before. Highlights include iconic instruments, stage outfits, and hand-written song lyrics. Until 7 Jan. Book now

Beazley Designs of the Year at Design Museum

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. Until 28 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. Until 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

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

Christmas Past at Geffrye Museum

Christmas Past at Geffrye Museum

Step back in time on a journey through the history of festive traditions with Christmas Past: 400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Homes at the Geffrye Museum. Walk through the period rooms as they’re set up with bespoke Christmas decorations, each reflecting a different era. This is the last chance to visit the museum before it closes for renovation from 7 January. 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

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

Harry Potter: A History of Magic at British Library

 

Phoenix flying over text from Harry Potter exhibition at the British Library

Explore the origins of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world with Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Library. Discover the myths and ancient legends that inspired the Harry Potter books, through a fascinating display of old manuscripts, drawings and quirky objects. Until 28 Feb 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum

 

Marvel at breathtaking images of flora and fauna from around the world at The Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Study stunning pictures of exotic animals and incredible ecosystems by professional and amateur photography talents. Until 31 Mar

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. Until 31 Mar

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic at Victoria and Albert Museum

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic

See rare Winnie-the-Pooh drawings and manuscripts with the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition, Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic. The original drawings by illustrator E.H. Shepard come to life in the biggest ever display dedicated to the beloved character. Until 8 Apr

Ferrari: Under the Skin at Design Museum

LaFerrari in production

Celebrate 70 years of the iconic car manufacturer with Ferrari: Under the Skin at the Design Museum. Retrace the history of Ferrari through an array of models, racing memorabilia and photographs capturing famous clients, from Clint Eastwood to Brigitte Bardot. Highlights also include famous cars, such as Peter Collins' 250 GT Cabriolet, and the Ferrari 500 F2. Until 15 Apr

Venom: Killer and Cure at Natural History Museum

Red fire ant

Delve into the fascinating world of venom with Venom: Killer and Cure at the Natural History Museum. Discover the effects of venoms and how people have used them over time, through an impressive display of animals, from snakes and rare spiders to a live venomous specimen. Until 13 May

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