Museums

Museums

All the news from London’s museums


Greenwich’s Maritime Museum to expand by 40% in September

The National Maritime Museum is about to get bigger. Much bigger. A development project that’s nearly finished is seeing the museum gain four new galleries, adding 1,000m2 of space in the Museum’s East Wing, previously closed to visitors, into public use.

Last chance to see the FATBERG!

This week marks the final chance to see the Museum of London’s infamous chunk of Fatberg, before it goes off of display on Sunday 1st July.

Tickets Alert: Climb the 200 foot high Victorian tower at Kew Bridge

There’s a tall brick tower that dominates the area next to the Thames at Kew Bridge, and later this month is a rare chance to climb it.

Glow in the dark tube roundels go on sale

What better for the tube geek than to drift off to sleep with the comforting glow of a London Underground roundel keeping the monsters away.

Disused WW2 tunnels used as “Windrush hotel” opens for tours

A series of WW2 tunnels under Clapham that were later used as a short term hotel for Windrush arrivals are being opened up for tours.

The death of Romans reveals the multicultural origins of London

An exceptionally rare stone sarcophagus, discovered in Southwark just last year is the centerpiece to this new major exhibition about the dead of Roman London.

Planet Mercury space probe comes to London

The Science Museum has shown off a full-size engineering model of BepiColombo, the European Space Agency’s first ever spacecraft to explore Mercury, and one of the most challenging planetary missions ever launched.

The future starts here? Or does it?

One thing anyone who has ever looked at visions of the future will be able to tell you, is that our predecessors were utterly wrong. So it takes some gumption for the V&A to repeat the same… mistake?

Museums by Appointment – The Memorial Scrolls Trust

There’s a museum on a private road, behind a locked door and up several floors, that’s a remarkable survivor of Nazi and Communist oppression in Eastern Europe.

See an original Gin Lane, while sipping a gin

Later this month, the eclectic Sir John Soane’s Museum will be putting an original engraving of Hogarth’s famous Gin Lane on display.

Modern videogames retrospective comes to the V&A

A festival looking at the impact that the modern computer game has had on society is coming to the V&A museum later this year.

See a century of Nordic design for children

Some of the 20th century’s most iconic and influential Nordic designs for children, from BRIO to LEGO, Marimekko and the Moomins have been brought together for the first time in a new exhibition at the Museum of Childhood.

Army Museum shows off the secretive work of the Special Forces

An unexpectedly topical exhibition has opened at the Army Museum that looks at the work of the special forces, the SAS, the SBS, and the three services that are even more secretive than that.

More hidden London Underground tours coming soon

The occasional tours behind the scenes of disused tunnels and stations are set to resume shortly, with a new addition to the mix for this year.

Creepy Dr Who-esque exhibition at the Museum of London

A room full of disembodied voices speaking robotically from glowing mouths as antenna-lights flicker with their voices.

Steampunk visions of London’s future

A series of images are on display at the Museum of London, offering a futurist look at what a possible, or in at least one case, utterly impossible, future for London might look like.

Animal fats and testicles turned into art

A print of a cow’s rectum. some glowing sheep’s testicles, pig’s fat as lamps, a levitating cow stomach, all mark an exhibition of art made from often discarded animal parts.

Tickets Alert: Interactive art thingy on the Barbican Highwalks

Next weekend there’s free interactive art thing happening, and its set among the Barbican Highwalks, that optimistic, or infuriatingly complex, set of elevated pedestrian passages in the City of London.