V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road, London

4.5

V&A Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The museum is situated in an area that has become known as "Albertopolis" because of its association with Prince Albert: the Albert Memorial and the major cultural institutions Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Royal Albert Hall are also in this area. Victoria and Albert Museum includes 145 galleries: 5,000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day, from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa. The holdings of glass, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, musical instruments, prints, drawings and photographs are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world. The museum owns the world's largest collection of post-classical sculpture, with the holdings of Italian Renaissance items being the largest outside Italy. The departments of Asia include art from South Asia, China, Japan, Korea and the Islamic world. New 17th- and 18th-century European galleries were opened later in 2015.

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Open Hours:

  • Fri

    10:00 - 22:00

  • Mon

    10:00 - 17:45

  • Tue

    10:00 - 17:45

  • Wed

    10:00 - 17:45

  • Thu

    10:00 - 17:45

  • Sat

    10:00 - 17:45

  • Sun

    10:00 - 17:45

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Reviews

  • Dave Patrick

    5
    - 02 September 2018 -

    By far and away the best of the London museums. There is so much to discover and the galleries are beautifully presented. The casts particularly are amazing, with Michael Angelo's David taking centre stage. Nerdy me but particularly enjoy taking in the doors and locks display. Wonderful space, architecturally hugely significant. A jewel.

  • Reut Golinsky

    5
    - 26 August 2018 -

    If you need to choose only one museum to visit in London, this should definitely be V&A (yes, not even the British museum!). Everyone can find there something of interest and you can easily spend a full day there exploring without noticing how the times passed by. If it's your first time in the museum, I'd advise to take a free one hour introductory tour (daily at 10.30, 12.30, 13.30 and 15.30) which will introduce you a selection from the Museum's outstanding collections, after this tour you will have better understanding which part of its vast collection you'd want to explore more. Free activities for children are available every day and special workshops run during school holidays. Galleries are fully accessible. The building itself and the central court are beautiful (and beautifully lit in the evening). You should also not miss their Main Café, the world's oldest museum restaurant with its charming Victorian era design.

  • Ethan Lingenhol

    5
    - 24 August 2018 -

    Beautiful and free museum. You can easily spend all day inside of it. It is great to walk around the halls. The staff is very nice and very informative with any question you may have. I would go back in an instant! I would recommend to go in and walk into the information center and get a map, otherwise it can be very daunting.

  • Yvonne Sheccoury

    5
    - 22 August 2018 -

    Definitely a must see Museum. I enjoyed this museum the most on my visit to England well worth visiting, can spend a whole day here and not even feel it, plenty of rest areas. Excellent paid for events, would suggest if interested in a particular showing event suggest booking in advance. On the last Friday of a month during the summer, they have special shows and performances in music and the arts, a donation to the museum does help to keep these events going so the public is urged to donate whatever you can afford.

  • Cameron de Montaye

    5
    - 21 August 2018 -

    This is one of my all-time favourite museums. It's much bigger than you expect and the collections are enormous and varied. While it can take some time to get your bearings, the exhibits are well set out and things are generally grouped together sensibly. The exhibitions are usually excellent and good value for money.

  • Pat Folan

    3
    - 19 August 2018 -

    Nice if you are looking for classical marble statues and artwork but as it happens I was not. I actually only went in there as a favour for a friend who wanted a specific thing from the gift shop which I was able to purchase. There is a lovely courtyard with a shallow pool which was filled with children in this hot day. The staff didn't seem to mind. More seating would have been nice I suppose but lovely all the same.

  • Barbara Leep

    5
    - 14 July 2018 -

    This is a fabulous place with lots to see. I became a member so my friend and I could visit three special exhibits without waiting in line for a timed entrance, and it really was a bargain. Maybe I can return within a year to take advantage of my membership and see more there. The museum is near other interesting places in London that I want to explore.

  • Ray Stanyon

    5
    - 05 July 2018 -

    Very varied museum.... Very well laid out. Good refreshments and an open space in the middle to eat picnics or purchased food. As its free entry you certainly get good value 😉👌🤓👌😉 Disappointed with the Pink Floyd exhibition previously as whilst it was fascinating it was HEAVING AND CROWDED despite the high entry cost. The main museum is free and much better.

  • Erika Lopresti

    5
    - 30 June 2018 -

    I thoroughly loved my visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum. I went in the morning with the intention of visiting other museums throughout the day but instead spent my entire day here. I left the exhibits as they closed them one by one and ended up viewing the rooms to the right hand side just as you enter at the very end of the day as they were the last to be closed. I purchased a ticket to the special exhibit ‘Undressed: A Brief History Of Underwear’ and compared to the rest of the museum I found it lacking. It was interesting at first but became repetitive just showing garment after garment without much deeper thought and cultural analysis.

  • Jaret Foster

    5
    - 22 June 2018 -

    Loved this museum, had a different feel of other museums. Talked to an employee when we walked in and were deciding which exhibits were worth our time. He was lovely (should have caught his name) and recommended the furniture exhibit, porcelains, and fashion. The furniture exhibit is small but completely interesting. It was super quiet. Porcelains were marvelous and interesting, very vibrant and intricate and worth a walk through. (I didn't think I'd be as interested as I was). They have an iron fence exhibit that I wish I could have spent time at, but just saw as I was leaving. Definitely need to go back and enjoy the rest of what I missed.

  • Clark Gillies

    - 27 May 2018 -

    Amazing free museum to get lost in all day. Maybe best not for kids

  • Дмитрий Налбат

    - 19 May 2018 -

    The Queen of Ocean

  • Дмитрий Налбат

    - 19 May 2018 -

    Ocean Liners

  • Carlos Duarte

    - 21 April 2018 -

    No doubt it's on the list of the three most visually beautiful museums I've been to in the city of London. Also has free wi-fi, beautiful gardens and delicious coffee.

  • Lana Mayra

    - 16 April 2018 -

    Amazing! The archive is huge so any exhibition is fabulous

  • S A

    - 07 April 2018 -

    Great for a stroll. Make sure you come early.

  • Nixie

    - 06 April 2018 -

    Full of interesting things, I can spend hours here!

  • Jordan Kokocinski

    - 30 March 2018 -

    The building itself is impressive.

  • Pascal Guignard

    - 30 March 2018 -

    Visited the Ocean Liners exhibition and it was great ....

  • Frédéric Fr

    - 27 March 2018 -

    My favourite museum in London. Particularly impressed by fine indian paintings...

V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum tours

Private Tour: London Walking Tour of Apsley House and the Victoria and Albert Museum

Your tour begins at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London's Victorian center of art and crafts dedicated to the royal couple. Now a museum of arts from all countries, styles and periods. Apart from the main collection of oil paintings and watercolours (with emphasis on the British ones and a...

Guided Highlights Tour of the Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK's national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture,...

Private Walking Tour of the Victoria and Albert Museum

Make the most of your visit to London and take this private tour to the Victoria and Albert museum (V&A) with a Blue Badge certified guide. This option guarantees you a more personal attention and service from your guide. You will be led to the most important areas of the museum with a vast and...

Private Chauffeur Driven London Sightseeing and Shopping Trip

Combine your sightseeing  tour with shopping trip in London. Your private chauffeur will drive you around London and drop you back at the Hotel at the end of 8 hour trip.  See top London attractions such as Buckingham palace, Westminster Abbey, Parliament square, Big Ben, Churchill war rooms, Hyde...

Private Tour: Victoria and Albert Museum

Your 3 hour tour accompanied by your art historian guides begins at the main entrance to the V&A Museum in Cromwell Road at 10 am or 2 pm. This is London’s Victorian centre of Art and Crafts dedicated to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The main collection is of oil paintings and water...

London Walking Tour Kensington and Guided V&A Museum Visit

Enjoy an Italian walking tour Kensington, one of London's finest neighborhoods. See Kensington Palace from the outside, the Albert Memorial and admire some magnificent treasures at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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