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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  • 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.

  • Shanna Jackson

    5
    - 09 June 2018 -

    Vast museum with a large selection of exhibits, and best of all- it’s free! I really enjoyed this museum, as it is just MASSIVE and has a great variety of items. You could really spend days in there just wandering around. Inside there is Architecture from a thousand years ago, as well as an insane amount of ceramics, a great fashion exhibit, a large room dedicated entirely to rocks and geology, and multiple gift shops that are quite well curated, although somewhat pricey. This museum involves a lot of reading, and may be a bit stuffy to some, but I absolutely loved it. The benefit to it being a little less hands on, is that fewer kids are here, so there is much less noise. The interior courtyard is incredible as well, be sure to check it out! My personal favorite exhibits: Fashion Mosaics Furniture Ceramics

  • Dimah M

    5
    - 05 June 2018 -

    The museum is amazing! Huge exhibitions and wonderful masterpieces. The V&A museum is very well organized and it’s very comfortable to walk and explore collections there. Great collection of historical dresses and costumes. Walk throw the centuries of the British history. I was impressed and I wish come back there again. If you will be to London it is must have museum to visit. The location is perfect. Easy access to the nearest underground station South Kensington. Plenary of other attractions around.

  • 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.

  • 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

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

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Guided Highlights Tour of the Victoria and Albert Museum

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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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