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7 Must See London Museum Exhibitions in Spring 2017

7 Must See London Museum Exhibitions in Spring 2017

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Updated: 20 January 2017
One of the best things about spring is that it brings with it a raft of exciting new exhibitions, sprouting up from some of London’s best museums. Whether it’s a seasonal blockbuster or a more off the beaten track, chances are you’re better off planning ahead and booking, which will be worth it!

Imagine Moscow – The Design Museum

March 15 – June 4 2017

Russia will continue to be a hot topic throughout 2017 but get a sense of life in the 1920s–30s in Moscow at this imaginative exhibition at the Design Museum. It celebrates the explosion in Russian architecture and propaganda that swept through the nation after the Russian Revolution in 1917.

The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London +44 (0)20 7403 6933

The exterior of the new Design Museum at night

The new Design Museum in Kensington | © Luke Hayes / The Design Museum

Designology – London Transport Museum

Until April 26 2017

It’s only in the last fifty years or so we’ve realised just how much good design impacts upon everything from our mental health to our physical spaces, so this overview at the London Transport Museum, at how design has impacted the city’s transport, is rather illuminating. And you get the inside story on the infamous  tube logo.

London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London +44 (0)20 7379 6344

A sign hangs over the Designology exhibition at the London Transport Museum

One of the exhibition’s logos | © Martin Deutsch / Flikr

The American Dream: Pop to the Present – British Museum

March 9 – June 18

Ah America, we all bought into the American Dream once upon a time. This timely exhibition at the British Museum looks back at America’s golden age with reverence. This collection of world-changing pop culture that came out of America in the last 70 years is a colourful, cinematic triumph. From advertising to art icons this exhibition brings together printed works from some of the 20th century’s largest characters, sponsored by Morgan Stanley.

British Museum, Great Russell St, London +44 (0)20 7323 8299

A gas station takes on the clean white and red lines of a pop artist's print

The clean lines of pop culture | © Edward Ruscha / New York Museum of Modern Art

Wildlife Photographer of the Year – Natural History Museum

Until September 10 2017

Take a walk on the wild side and see how wildlife photography should be done at the Natural History Museum – away from cat videos on Instagram and YouTube. The 100 carefully selected photographs were narrowed down from an almighty 50,000 entries and cover everything from robins to whales. It’s also insanely popular – book ahead.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London +44 (0)20 7942 5000

Circles and funnels of fish underwater

The underwater award winner captures activity below the surface | © Tony Wu

Undressed: A brief history of underwear – V&A Museum

Until March 12

If you haven’t caught this rather sensual exhibition around smalls at The Victoria & Albert Museum yet, then consider this a fair warning that you have about six weeks left to catch the intimates! The exhibition explores a range of pieces, from 19th-century whalebone corsets to items designed by Stella McCartney.

Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Looking down on the V&A lobby

The V&A never fails to amaze | © Peter Bjork / Flikr

Robots – Science Museum

From February 17 – September 3 2017

This season’s big blockbuster at the Science Museum has one foot firmly in the future as it takes a look at our relationship with robots, and what the future holds in terms of AI. It even has 15 working model robots to interact with. Let’s hope they’re better than Siri! There will also be demonstrations (robot surgery anyone?), films, quizzes and events during the exhibition’s run.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London +44 870 870 4868

A Nao V5 Evolution humanoid sits up

Robots have become more and more lifelike | © The Science Museum

People power: Fighting for Peace – Imperial War Museum

From March 23 – August 28 2017

Discover the spirit of the anti-war movement, from the First World War to today’s protests, this new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum spans 100 years of people seeking an alternative way forward. From banners and leaflets to music and art, this is a poignant reminder of the last century.

Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London +44 (0)20 7416 5000