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

  • Amanda C

    4
    - 29 May 2018 -

    Free to the public. A great place for adults. I didn't see anything for kids but I could be wrong. Does happen once or twice a year. So I've been told. I saw fashion through history and the cast room. Was wonderful and educational. They have a cafe for anything from coffee to a full meal. Pricey but that's what you get. They had an area outside with like a wading pool. There was a few kids in it looking like they were having too much fun. The only thing I would like is benches. I've had 5 knee surgery's and do need to sit. Also the bathroom were small and not all handicapped accessible. But I had a good time and plan to go back

  • Katie Yamada

    5
    - 28 May 2018 -

    There's a lot of museums in London, I think this has to be one of the better ones. It's a beautifully architected building and is so rich and full of artifacts from history, with pieces and exhibits from all over the world. I'd say about 90% of the museum is free to the public, with a couple of paid exhibitions that I'm surprised people find time for. This museum doesn't have too many singularly famous pieces, but it gives you an incredible well rounded history lesson on all kinds of cultures from different eras from around the world. I loved the jewelry exhibit, as well as the section where they re-created famous marble/stone pieces (it was kind of off to the side and hard to find). Although they're replicas, seeing so many pieces of that size and detail in one room is still jaw-dropping. I also love how open the museum is, in terms of holding classes, allowing you to request personal study time with some of the items, and encouraging artists to come, sit, and draw for hours in the museum. This museum should be on the top of your list if you're coming to visit London.

  • Charlie Richmond

    5
    - 11 May 2018 -

    Certainly the premiere museum of its kind featuring a fabulous courtyard for relaxing, splashing and eating, although the three rooms built to serve patrons of the first cafe as part of a museum are not to be missed! Their chocolate brownies are exceptional. As a theatre person I always check out the theatre and performance rooms because they seem to get updated fairly often with new and interesting material but also, as a sound designer, it is baffling why the one single small system that has been provided to demonstrate the element of sound as used in performance has not been repaired in over a decade.

  • Andra Maciuca

    5
    - 09 May 2018 -

    It's amazing but huge. I mean, if you have the time and energy go for it. Otherwise make a selection of what you really want to see and go see only those exhibitions. Trust me, your feet will thank you later. We saw the fashion exhibition and it was great and then the sculptures, jewelry, miniature portraits and paintings. They were all impressive and I highly recommend checking them out if you are into this sort of things. To be noted that I found great similarities with the British Museum plus some extras so if your time is limited I would say skip the British Museum and go through this one more thoroughly. You can also grab a scrumptious lunch at the restaurant of the museum and it's relatively cheap. We paid £12.50 for a warm meal that included meat, baked potatoes and vegetables. So quite a good deal I would say, and there were other options as well to choose from. The location is great as you can see this and the Natural History Museum in the same day.

  • Nikita Deshpande

    5
    - 06 May 2018 -

    Wonderful and expansive and definitely worth a visit during any visit to London. Saw some cool things on the museum catalog that weren’t currently on display and contacted the museum to see if we could get a private viewing. We were able to do so (for free) and it was a super helpful and educational experience! It was wonderful to really talk to museum staff and understand that small things that make up the grand collections at this museum. They have a YouTube channel that goes more in depth or shows the work of some of the significant pieces here.

  • lejna j

    5
    - 05 May 2018 -

    On a beautiful sunny morning we took a stroll to the Museum of Natural History and the Victoria and Albert hall. That casual stroll changed my perception of museums. I love the V&A hall. The display so well arranged and has a continuity. There is a beautiful cafe where we had tasty scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. The kids can play in a shallow water body near the cafe. This place is a must visit when in London!!

  • Ava Podgorski

    5
    - 02 May 2018 -

    The V&A has some wonderful exhibits. I will state this early on as I have had an issue with it: if you want to see an exhibition that requires a ticket purchase this a week before your trip, or phone up to find out what the process is for on the day tickets. The website doesn't let you know if events are getting full, so you could be disappointed. The cafes serve lovely food, inspiring hot and cold meals, snacks and cakes. The decor is lovely and a welcome break from walking around. Service is generally good, though a little slow at busy times. It isn't cheap, but not extortionate either. The bathrooms are always clean (I've visited several times in the past 3 years and never seen them messy). The museum is well laid out, with distinct areas for different themes/periods/countries etc. so you can easily find things that will interest you. They have a good number of visiting exhibitions too, so even if you've been five times you'll find something new to see. You could happily spend hours here, but I would give at least 2 hours to go and have a proper wander around one section. It's in a great location and it a lovely building. Good for the whole family.

  • Byron Boyle

    5
    - 02 February 2018 -

    Amazing museum that has a little bit of everything and it's FREE! The building itself is also a spectacular work of art. I took a break in the back cafe, which like the rest of the museum it just stunning and drink prices were totally reasonable--2.95 for a cappuccino. And to top off the perfect cafe experience there was someone playing some incredible music on the grand piano in the middle of the tables. I loved my visit here and would come back in a heartbeat.

  • Mark Pearce

    5
    - 28 January 2018 -

    A free to enter museum, which also hosts exhibitions requiring paid admission. It's worth visiting just to see the building itself. Combining large airy spaces, with natural light coming from the rooftop domes. Balconies running around, providing a different perspective and sympathetic modern additions gives you plenty to look at. The huge variety of the free exhibits also means that everyone will find something that catches their eye, even those with no special reason for going here. And as it's free, it's your choice how long you stay, because you can always come back again and see more. Each exhibit has a brief written description. There are also curators in each area who can answer any questions. In addition there's computer terminals to use, where you can access the museum's website and search exhibits using the items code number. The museum is fully accessible, with lifts to all floors and gentle ramps up to the entrance. Toilet facilities and a good café are on site to make sure your visit is as pleasant as possible. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

  • Lorna Davison

    5
    - 28 January 2018 -

    An architectural wonder. The interior is so well executed. The tile work is beyond compare. The dining areas were made to give ordinary citizens a royal experience. The exhibits are informative the docent tours very well done. You could spend days here. The jewels are non compare. Especially in diversity and construction. Not the most expensive, but a great overview of styles and time frames. I will return when I get to London. Do not miss this one. The walk in the park is also relaxing.

  • 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...

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V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum tours

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