London’s 2017 Museum Exhibitions

Two very different (or not-so-different?) styles of music are the stars at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum this year. London’s 2017 museum exhibitions include a stunning mix of old and new. From robots to rock gods, fashion to war protests, there’s an exhibition for every interest this year. Here are some of the summer and fall’s best bets for museum exhibitions you won’t mind paying a few extra for.

London's 2017 museum exhibitions are headlined by musical presentations at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

London’s 2017 museum exhibitions are headlined by musical presentations at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

If you love museums and music, it won’t matter what time of year you visit–you’re going to want to head to this beautiful museum in Kensington for an inside look at some of the most influential musical statements in recent history. (And by recent, we mean in the past six hundred years!)

Opening this fall, Victoria & Albert Museum is presenting Opera: Power, Passion & Politics. Created in partnership with the Royal Opera House, this exhibition explores the history and influence of opera, from Renaissance Italy to the present day, in the immersive presentation style the V&A is known for. Go deep into the story of great opera premieres in cities like Venice, London and Milan; learn how operas are created, and discover the way they reflected the cultural attitudes of the cities they were shown in.

Exhibits include paintings and photography spanning four hundred years of opera production and the elements of culture and politics the opera had a profound effect upon, from 19th-century concerts in the park to riveting 21st-century scenes from modern opera.

Visit: Opera: Power, Passion & Politics runs September 30, 2017 – February 25, 2018

Also at V&A, this summer you’ll find Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains, a retrospective collection of the band’s unique music and cutting-edge style, from cover art to live performance staging. It’s fifty years of history, with artifacts ranging from early performance posters to audio-visual installations showcasing some of their most iconic — and out-there — artistic decisions.

Some weekends feature special workshops, such as Classic Guitar Albums: Play Like Pink Floyd on June 18th, 2017.

Visit: Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains runs through October 1, 2017.

While you’re at the Victoria & Albert Museum, be sure to take a wander through some of their world-class galleries, including some of the globe’s best collections of Asian art, Islamic art, and Renaissance Italian sculpture. With collections spanning every medium of artwork, from architecture and textiles to comic books and ceramics, there’s something for everyone. The museum itself is a work of art, having been constantly expanded since the mid-nineteenth century with ambitious and stylish architects adding elaborate designs such as mosaics, grand staircases, stained-glass windows and elaborately painted ceilings.

Stunning details make the Victoria & Albert Museum one of the world's finest.

Stunning details make the Victoria & Albert Museum one of the world’s finest.

Other exhibitions at the Victoria & Albert Museum for 2017 include:

  • Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion. This exhibition features Cristobal Balenciaga, a Spanish fashion designer, and features more than one hundred pieces by the coutierer, protegees and contemporaries. Now — Feb. 18, 2018
  • Plywood: Material of the Modern World. Yes, plywood! The humble jumble of wood that builds our modern world is highlighted in this exhibition. Now — July 15, 2017

London’s 2017 museum exhibitions also include:

  • Robots: 500 years of robotic history awaits at the Science Museum, from sci-fi to strange automatons, to the present-day robots almost ready to walk amongst us. Now — Sept. 3, 2017 at Science Museum.
  • Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia: Nomadic warriors who roamed from Siberia on horseback, their ancient tombs have yielded secrets about these lost tribes. Gold jewelry, clothing, food, mummies, weapons and more have been preserved by permafrost. Sept. 14, 2017 — Jan. 14, 2018 at The British Museum.
  • People Power: Fighting for Peace: The protests of the 20th and 21st centuries are displayed with placards, posters, footage and more, and the stories of protest movements and the people who stood for them are told through correspondence and photos. If you’re traveling from the US, it’s a unique opportunity to look at social issues through another nation’s eyes. Now — Aug. 28, 2017 at the Imperial War Museum.
  • Diana: Her Fashion Story: This exhibition of Princess Diana’s style is a biography of a life in the public eye. Now — Feb. 18, 2018 at Kensington Palace. Find out more at Palace Preview, our summer 2017 guide to happenings at London’s Royal Palaces.
  • The City is Ours: A look at urban life, its challenges, benefits and future, presented at the Museum of London. If you live in any city, you’ll connect with this exhibition, which was originally presented in Paris at Cité des sciences et de l’industrie. July 14, 2017 — Jan. 2, 2018 at Museum of London.


With all this and more going on, London’s 2017 museum exhibitions will keep you busy no matter what time of year you visit!