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Best 10 museum exhibitions in London 2022

From blockbuster shows at iconic museums to exhibits in quirkier spaces, catch the best museum exhibitions in London on now.

As well as vast permanent collections, museums in London have new and exciting exhibitions to enjoy across the city.

1. The Jurassic World Exhibition

A group of people are waiting to pass through the gates to access the exhibition with dinosaurs standing on the side.
Jurassic World: The Exhibition, photo courtesy of Golden Tours
Step into Jurassic World: The Exhibition and come face to face with lifesized prehistoric species that roamed the Earth centuries ago. This immersive experience, taking place at the ExCel London, gives you the opportunity to interact with all kinds of dinosaurs including the ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex and the unruly Velociraptors. Book your tickets for Jurassic World: The Exhibition now. Until 3 Nov

2. Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition at The London Film Museum

Two people look at framed images on a tiled wall, bathed in vibrant green light, with a neon green twisting light above, at the Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition.
Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition. TM & © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Wizarding World Publishing Rights © JKR
Discover unique behind-the-scenes photographs taken during the filming of the Harry Potter films as part of Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition at The London Film Museum. Step into a wizarding world with rarely seen images and one-of-a-kind photo experiences – you'll even have chance to enjoy a drink at London's only bottled Butterbeer Bar! Ongoing.

3. Japan: Courts and Culture at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Visit The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace for Japan: Courts and Culture. Delve into historic relationships between the British and Japanese royal and imperial families through Japanese treasures housed in the royal collection, from fans and screens to woodcut prints and porcelain, and learn about trade between the two nations. Until 26 Feb

4. Inspiring Walt Disney at the Wallace Collection

Gouache painting by painter Mary Blair where we can see Cendrillon on her carriage at night.
Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts, Image courtesy of The Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection looks into how French decorative arts and hand-drawn documents have inspired the magic behind Disney's much loved animation movies in its latest exhibition. Inspiring Walt Disney studies how the world-famous films we grew up with had early and deep connections with European art and design. From old clocks to candelabras, you will discover how Disney brought adored characters from Beauty and the Beast among others to life. Until 16 Oct

5. Legacies: London Transport’s Caribbean Workforce at London Transport Museum

Learn how people from the Caribbean have played a key role in shaping London’s transport systems with Legacies: London Transport’s Caribbean Workforce at the London Transport Museum. Hear accounts from past and present workers, uncover stories from newspaper clippings and enjoy interactive activities. Until summer 2024

6. Space Popular: The Portal Galleries at Sir John Soane's Museum

Visit other realms by way of technology and virtual reality at Space Popular: The Portal Galleries in Sir John Soane's MuseumGo on an epic journey and experience the wonder of travelling between Sir John Soane's era and the present day, while exploring the history and future of virtual travel. Until 25 Sep

7. Africa Fashion at The Victoria and Albert Museum

More than 250 objects plus photographs and textiles from The V&A’s collection tell the story of how Africa Fashion has evolved from the mid-20th century to today. Learn how music, visual arts and design have combined to create a dynamic scene led by innovative designers. Until 16 Apr

8. Sorting Britain: The Power Of Postcodes at The Postal Museum

An old map of London Postal Districts and Sub-Districts from 1858
Map of London Postal Districts and Sub-Districts c.1858 © Royal Mail Group, Image courtesy of The Postal Museum

Explore Sorting Britain: The Power of Postcodes at The Postal Museum and discover how the Post Office revolutionised the way post was sorted and delivered. From wartime technology, to Poco the Postcode Elephant, learn how ground-breaking innovations and technology changed the mail system and the effect it had on life in Britain. Until 1 Jan

9. Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature at The Victoria and Albert Museum

Be transported into the world of Beatrix Potter at The V&A’s immersive exhibition Drawn to Nature. Encounter original illustrations and documents that investigate the author’s life as a writer, illustrator and natural scientist, and her iconic creations including Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck. Until 8 Jan

10. Hidden London at London Transport Museum

Factory workers at Plessey, 1941, as part of Hidden London: the Exhibition at the London Transport Museum
Factory workers at Plessey, 1941, Hidden London: the Exhibition. Credit: TfL. Image courtesy of the 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! Until autumn 2023

Museum exhibitions to book ahead

Master the Dark Arts at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Floating orange pumpkins hanging from the ceiling of the Great Hall, lit up in green and purple light
Floating Pumpkin display in the Great Hall © Fever PR. Image courtesy of Fever PR.

As the days get shorter, the dark side descends on Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, and the Death Eaters take control of the wizarding world. Students of the dark arts can see mysterious and dangerous creatures, and even try their luck in a duel against the followers of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Enjoy the Halloween great feast and its spooky carved pumpkins before visiting the sets, from the potion dungeons to the Forbidden Forest and its menacing creatures. 23 Sep- 6 Nov

Hallyu! The Korean Wave at The Victoria and Albert Museum

A Korean girl with pink flowers in her hair wearing a pink and green robe.
Hallyu! The Korean Wave © Tchai KimYoungjin Hanbok Collection 2015. Image courtesy of Bae Yoon Young / The Victoria and Albert Museum

Immerse yourself in the vibrant and dynamic popular culture of South Korea at Hallyu! The Korean Wave at The Victoria and Albert Museum. Discover how South Korean culture rose to prominence before becoming a phenomenon that has influenced cinema, music, fashion and more. 24 Sep-25 Jun

Van Cleef and Arpels: The Art of Movement

See pieces created by French jeweller Van Cleef and Arpels at The Art of Movement exhibition in the Design Museum. Examine the creative process as you study documents from the archive that show how movement has been used in the design of exquisite jewellery pieces. This exhibition showcases movement through different themes, from nature to ballet, including a ballerina pin with a jewel-encrusted tutu. 23 Sep-22 Oct

Science Fiction: Voyage To The Edge of Imagination at Science Museum

Experience an immersive adventure as you board a spaceship at Science Fiction: Voyage To The Edge of Imagination at the Science Museum. Be at the heart of a thrilling science fiction story as you discover an unknown planet and explore the future through science. 6 Oct-4 May

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