Don't miss out on any of the must-see exhibitions and events at London's fascinating museums. Read on to discover what's on and when in our guide to the city's exhibitions.
elBulli: Ferran Adrià and The
Art of Food
5 July to 29 September 2013
Somerset House is hosting a major retrospective exhibition on global icon of gastronomy, Ferran Adrià, and elBulli. The Art of Food is the world's first exhibition dedicated to a chef and his restaurant and will showcase the art of cuisine and cuisine as art - going behind-the-scenes of the legendary laboratory and kitchen in Cala Montjoi, Roses.
Capturing The Shadows
The film industry sprang into life in the 1890s and this exhibition charts its development. IT pays homage to its beginnings in shadow theatre and the optical lantern and other elements that paved the way to the films that we know and love today.
Life and Death - Pompeii and
28 March to 29 September 2013
AD 79. In just 24 hours, two cities in the Bay of Naples in southern Italy were buried by a catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. This major exhibition will take you to the heart of people's lives in Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Ice Age Art
7 February to 26 May 2013
Discover masterpieces from the last Ice Age drawn from across Europe in this groundbreaking show. Created between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago by artists with modern minds like our own, this is a unique opportunity to see the world's oldest known sculptures, drawings and portraits.
Open until 14 July 2013
The exhibition traces Sir Michael's life from Cockney rebel, through to Hollywood legend and inspirational Londoner through a selection of never-before-exhibited photographs, iconic portraits and a selection of film and audio footage from some of his best-loved movies including Alfie, The Italian Job, Get Carter and Educating Rita.
2 August to 3 November 2013
To mark the 90th anniversary of the Radio Times, join us as we leaf through nine decades of broadcasting highlights from Royal Coronations to daleks and beyond!
The Cheapside Hoard: London's Lost Jewels
11 October 2013 to 27 April 2014
This major exhibition investigates the secrets of the Cheapside Hoard. This extraordinary and priceless cache of late 16th and early 17th century jewels and gemstones was discovered in 1912, buried in a cellar on Cheapside in the City of London.
30 January 2013 to 4 January 2015
Discover six design stories that offer a diverse look at design, tracing the history and processes of contemporary design. The show includes furniture, product, fashion, transport and architecture alongside a selection of prototypes, models and specially commissioned films.
Designs of the Year 2013
20 March to 7 July 2013
The Oscars of the design world showcase the most innovative and imaginative designs from around the world, over the past year, spanning seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Transport and Product.
Extinction: Not the End of the
8 February to 8 September 2013
Giant deer, bizarre insects and super-sized birds... millions of species that once roamed the planet are no longer around. This fascinating exhibition takes you beyond dodos and dinosaurs to explore the crucial role extinction plays in the evolution of life.
11 April to 8 September 2013
The world premiere of Sebastião Salgado: Genesis unveils extraordinary images of landscapes, wildlife and remote communities by this world-renowned photographer. These pictures depict the majesty of nature and the balance of human relationships with our fragile planet.
Codebreaker: Alan Turing's
Life And Legacy
21 June 2012 to 31 July 2013
Find out about this brilliant mathmatician who not one was critical in the codebreaking at Bletchley Park during the Second World War but who was instrumental in early computer programming and laying the way for the development of artificial intelligence.
19 July 2012 to 20 June 2013
Take part in a series of Chrome Experiments made by Google that bring the extraordinary workings of the internet to life. During you visit you can make music with other people who are online from around the world and watch your portrait being drawn by a robot and discover much more about the world wide web.
Beatrix Potter and the Beautiful Satin Waistcoat
14 March 2013 to 15 September 2013
When preparing illustrations for The Tailor of Gloucester (1903) Beatrix Potter sought inspiration for the Mayor's coat and embroidered waistcoat in 18th century costumes at her local museum, the V&A. Her sketches of the costumes are so accurate that it is possible to identify the original garments that inspired her, including a beautiful satin waistcoat, 'worked with poppies and corn-flowers'.
David Bowie Is...
23 March to 28 July 2013
The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive and this is a fabulous chance to see the star's handwritten lyrics, instruments and costumes as well as a photos, films, and set designs.
Propaganda: Power and
17 May to 17 September 2013
From safe sex to dictatorships, from the iconic to the everyday, from the spectacular to the sinister, from the informing to the surprising, this exhibition will show you the myriad ways that states attempt to influence you, the People.
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