Museum exhibitions in London December 2013

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Museums in London in December

Our guide to museum exhibitions in London during December 2013.

 at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s

to V&A Museum exhibition in December at the V&A. "From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s" features more than 85 outfits from the 1980s, with bold and exciting looks by the likes of Betty Jackson, Katharine Hamnett, Wendy Dagworthy and John Galliano. Explore the creative explosion that influenced a new generation of designers, drawing their inspiration from the capital's eclectic club scene.
 at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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A History of Photography

to V&A This new exhibition will draw upon the museum's vast collection to chronicle the history of photography from the 1840s up to the 1970s. It will showcase some of the most technically brilliant and artistically accomplished photographs in the history of the medium, and include work by key figures such as Eugene Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Irving Penn and Hilla Becher.
 at British Museum, London
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Shunga: Sex and pleasure in Japanese art

to British Museum The British Museum's new exhibition showcases some explicit, beautifully drawn Japanese prints, paintings and drawings. These detailed and brightly coloured works, produced between 1600 and 1900, inspired the likes of Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin and Picasso, and continues to influence manga, anime and Japanese tattoo art today.
 at Museum of London, London
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London’s Lost Jewels — The Cheapside Horde

to Museum of London The Museum of London's new exhibition will investigate the secrets of the "Cheapside Hoard". This priceless cache of jewels and gemstones dates from the late 16th and early 17th-century (Elizabethan and Jacobean London), and was discovered buried in a cellar in 1912. But who owned the hoard, when was it hidden, and why was it never reclaimed?
 at British Museum, London
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Beyond El Dorado: Power and gold in ancient Colombia

to British Museum The legend of El Dorado dazzled Europeans for centuries... a lost city of gold in South America. The truth behind this myth is perhaps even more fascinating. This new exhibition features more than 200 objects from Museo del Oro in Bogota, combined with 100 from the British Museum's own collection.
 at Natural History Museum, London
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

to Natural History Museum The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will showcase the best images from the world's most prestigious wildlife photography competition, selected from 1,000s of international entries. Now in its 49th year, the competition provides a global showcase of the very best nature photography
 at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Masterpieces of Chinese Painting — 700 to 1900

to V&A The "Masterpieces of Chinese Painting" exhibition will bring together over 100 of the finest examples of Chinese painting from the beginning of the 8th to the end of the 19th-century, including some of the rarest and earliest surviving pieces.
 at National Maritime Museum, London
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Turner and the Sea

to National Maritime Museum Museum exhibition in December at the National Maritime Museum. The National Maritime Museum's "Turner and the Sea" exhibition will explore Turner's lifelong fascination with the sea. It will include many of his most iconic works, from his transformative early paintings of the late 1790s and early 1800s, to the unfinished, experimental seascapes that he produced towards the end of his life.
 at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
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See Sir John Soane’s Museum by candlelight

Sir John Soane’s Museum Sir John Soane's Museum is one of the most intriguing houses in the whole of London, crammed top to bottom with artifacts and oddities from all over the world, including masterpieces by Canaletto, Turner and Hogarth. Once a month you get the opportunity to see it by candlelight -- for free!
 at Natural History Museum, London
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Dino Snores — Sleep over at the Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum Have you ever seen the movie "Night At The Museum"? Well... now's your chance to find out what really stalks the corridors of the Natural History Museum as night descends, with the towering bones of Diplodocus nearby. Activities include a torch-lit tour of the famous galleries, and a live show called "Revenge of the Minibeasts".
 at Natural History Museum, London
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Dino Snores (for grown-ups)

Natural History Museum Have you ever seen the movie "Night At The Museum"? Well... now's your chance to find out what really stalks the corridors of the Natural History Museum as night descends. This event is especially for grown-ups and will include a 3-course dinner in the restaurant, followed by a quiz, live music, and an all-night monster movie marathon.

We don’t have any more museum exhibitions, but how about these other days out in December?

Guided tour, around the Old Royal Naval CollegeDecember 2013Enjoy a 60-minute tour around the Old Royal Naval College, with one of their knowledgeable Yeoman guides. The historic buildings were designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the 1690s, as a refuge for old and injured sailors, but its rich history stretches back more than 500 hundred years to when Greenwich Palace was a home to Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

The Blitz Party — New Year’s Eve Special!December 2013Dust off your old army uniform and get down to Shoreditch for a Blitz Party! Revellers will be able to dance to some of the East End’s finest swing bands and DJs, including World War II-era hits from Glenn Miller and Dame Vera Lynne. Ration books will replace the menus, and old wartime films and black and white newsreels will be projected onto the walls.

A Very Dickensian ChristmasDecember 2013The Dickens House Museum is one of the very few attractions which will remain open over the Christmas period, during which visitors will be invited to step back in time and enjoy a Dickensian-style Christmas. The house will be filled with the scent of citrus and spice, and authentic Victorian trimmings, whilst visitors will enjoy some mulled wine and mince pies.

Christmas storytelling at Fortnum & MasonDecember 2013How about some Christmas storytelling at Fortnum & Mason? This year’s story will be read by a very special person… none other than Father Christmas himself! The storytelling will take place in the beautiful 5th Floor boardroom, and will include a goody bag to take away.

Mayor’s Question Time, at City HallDecember 2013Once a month the 25 London Assembly members gather together to grill the Mayor of London (Boris Johnson) about his policies, and Boris is one of the few politicians that people will happily sit and watch. City Hall is a stone’s throw from Tower Bridge, and is home to the London Assembly.

Listen to a reading of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”December 2013Join Professor Michael Slater at the Dickens’ House Museum for a special reading of “A Christmas Carol”. Price includes some mulled wine and a mince pie.

Walk in the footsteps of Samuel JohnsonDecember 2013Follow in the footsteps of legendary London wit Samuel Johnson and explore the courts and alleys off Fleet Street where he lived. The tour will include Gough Square, Temple Church, Temple Bar and Fleet Street itself.

New Year’s Eve, at The ForumDecember 2013Join London’s premier pop party-throwers Guilty Pleasures and the titans of power ballads, Ultimate Power, for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve extravaganza at the legendary Forum.

The Rat Pack at ChristmasDecember 2013Re-live the days of the legendary Rat Pack — Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr — in an evening of festive classics, including “White Christmas”, “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “Let It Snow”, plus all-time favourites including “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “That’s Amore” and “New York, New York”.


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