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Don't miss these fantastic London museum exhibitions.

Many of London's museums are free to enter, and they also offer a wide range of temporary paid-for exhibitions – find our top picks below.

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

A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle

Duke and Duchess of Sussex smiling in their carriage at their royal wedding in Windsor

Get up close to the wedding outfits worn by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle. The exhibition includes the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress, her five-meter-long embroidered veil and a stunning tiara owned by the Queen. Until 6 Jan. Book now

Beazley Designs of the Year at the Design Museum

Exhibit of non plastic items in a supermarket

Witness some of the most innovative designs created during the last 12 months at the Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum. This year’s display includes a reusable rocket for space travel, a water bottle designed by Will Smith and his rapper son Jaden, and a LEGO house by Bjarke Ingels Group. Until 6 Jan

Hooked at the Science Gallery

Young girl with big eyes in film Feed Me

Check out the Science Gallery’s opening exhibition, Hooked, which examines the complex nature of addiction and recovery. Explore a series of interactive artworks, video installations and immersive experiences, including exhibits delving into the pressures of social media and technology, and immersive works focusing on slot-machine addiction. Until 6 Jan

I Object: Ian Hislop’s Search for Dissent at the British Museum

Ian Hislop at the British Museum with magnifiying glass

Discover a history of dissent, subversion and satire with I Object: Ian Hislop’s Search for Dissent at the British Museum. The exhibition presents a treasure trove of objects, including a mischievously stamped Babylonian brick and a Banksy piece that the artist once secretly installed in the museum. Until 20 Jan

Diana: Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace

A lady wearing white gloves holds the blue velvet 'Travolta' dress.

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 champion the causes she cared about, and marvel at some of her beautiful gowns, glamorous dresses and working outfits, including a Victor Edelstein evening gown and a tartan Emanuel coat. Until 17 Feb. Book now

Life in the Dark at the Natural History Museum

A pale-throated sloth clings to a tree.

Encounter the weird and wonderful world of nocturnal animals, as the Natural History Museum shines a light on lesser-known creatures with Life in the Dark. Be amazed by underwater bioluminescent displays, spot a live Mexican blind cave fish and smell the pungent odours of a bat cave in one of the best museums in London. Until 24 Feb

Fashioned from Nature at the Victoria and Albert Museum

T-shirt with text 'It's getting hot in here'

Look into how the natural world influences fashion with Fashioned from Nature at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Find more than 300 fascinating objects and learn how contemporary designers have tackled environmental impacts through their work. Until 27 Jan

Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt at the Victoria and Albert Museum 

Sawn in half car controller in video games installation at the V&A

Explore the art and craft that go into the very best of videogame design with Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Enjoy immersive and interactive installations, such as a recreation of Game of Thrones’ continent Westeros in Minecraft, as well as illustrations from The Last Of Us and Kentucky Route Zero. Until 24 Feb

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. 29 Nov-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

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