From quirky cartoon characters to emotionally charged moments in British history, London’s arts and culture calendar is full of fantastic shows worth booking tickets for. See the highlights of some of the best London exhibitions on in 2017!
Emma Hamilton: Seduction and Celebrity
Emma Hamilton lived a life of romantic intrigue and celebrity, during which she became the object of fascination for William Hamilton, Admiral Nelson and painter George Romney to name a few. With over two hundred works and exhibits on show detailing her rise and fall in the public eye, charting a significant moment of female empowerment in British history.
Address: National Maritime Museum
Dates: Until 17 April, 2017
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains
Pink Floyd captured the world’s attention with their unforgettable music and stagecraft, so it’s no surprise that the V&A are hosting an exhibition to honour their legacy. Described as an audio-visual journey through the band’s colourful history, it’s worth booking tickets in advance as it’s sure to be a popular choice.
Dates: Opens 13 May 2017
With the resurgence of Star Wars into the public eye, this O2 exhibition is perfectly timed to make the most of the hype. Tracing the lineage of Star Wars over 40 years, it’s a fascinating look behind the scenes of the famous franchise with props, original artwork and costumes from the series on display. Visitors can also take part in a special quest to discover their own Star Wars identity.
Address: The O2
Dates: 18 November 2016 – 3 September 2017
Diana: Her Fashion Story
Princess Di won the hearts of the world with her kindness and incredible compassion, continuing to inspire to this day. An exhibition at her former home, Kensington Palace, is dedicated to her role as a fashion icon and charts her style evolution through the years, displaying many of her outfits including her unforgettable velvet gown which she wore at the White House.
Address: Kensington Palace
Dates: Opens 24 February 2017
Tickets: Exhibition price included in palace admission ticket (£12.60+)
Moomin, a Finnish cartoon character, is the star of this exhibition at Southbank Centre along with its creator Tove Jansson. Take a step into Moominvalley and find out how Jansson created the entire Moomin universe, from original sketches of the Moomin characters to gorgeous landscapes.
Address: Southbank Centre
Dates: 28 January 2017 – 23 April 2017
London’s most famous palace is throwing open its doors to the public this summer, allowing a select number of visitors to tour the opulent residence. As the home of the queen, it remains one of the most photographed sites in London and features stunning architectural details, as well as masterworks by Rembrandt, Rubens and Poussin lining its walls.
Address: Buckingham Palace
Dates: 5 August 2017 – 24 September 2017
Tickets: To be announced
See the premiere exhibition of the Wildlife Photography of the Year competition, where the best and brightest in animal photography are honoured. As the first stop on its international tour to 60 different cities, it’s held appropriately in the stunning Natural History Museum.
Address: Natural History Museum
Dates: 21 October 2016 – 10 September 2017
The Art of the Brick: DC Superheroes
In a special collaboration between Lego artist Sawaya, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros., South Bank’s Doon Street Car Park is being transformed into something right out of the pages of a comic book. With 120 original artworks made up of two million vibrant bricks, this award-winning exhibit is just a short walk from Waterloo Station.
Address: Doon Street Car Park
Dates: 1 March 2017 – 4 September 2017
Image via The British Museum
Take a break from British history and delve into the artistic psyche of modern America, where over 200 prints chart the country’s fascination with the American Dream. Featuring artists such as Andy Warhol, Kara Walker and more, the exhibit follows the evolution of American art from the pop art era onwards.
Address: British Museum
Dates: 9 March 2017 – 18 June 2017
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Learn about one of the most catastrophic events in London’s history, the Great Fire of London. Held on the 350th anniversary of the disaster, the exhibit recreates the origin site of the fire in Pudding Lane and tracks the spread of the fire across the city, as well as the resilience of the city and its people in the time following.
Address: Museum of London
Dates: Until 17 April 2017