V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum

V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum

V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
About
The world's greatest museum of art and design.The V&A's collections are unrivalled in their diversity. Explore historical and contemporary art and design, including works of art from many of the world's richest cultures. Admission free.
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2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Knightsbridge
When millions of tourists want to shop 'til they drop, they do it along Brompton Road and its boutique-lined tributaries, including the world-renowned Harrods. And when millionaires want to flaunt what they've already got, many of them find Knightsbridge and Belgravia the perfect place to do so, often behind stately mansion walls or down quiet private mews. Delve beyond the ultra-luxe exterior and you'll find some of this city's cosiest pubs, quiet gardens, and all sorts of indie retailers and enterprises worth a short exercise in spontaneous window shopping. For those looking to take a break from shopping, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, and some of the city's most popular museums are nearby.
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  • Gloucester Road • 10 min walk
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  • Carmen Santiago
    Mountain View, California164 contributions
    A solid collection of eclectic items, in a fab building.
    A lot of items are not well marked (with descriptions), and it might be optimal to visit with a guide. Still, if you have time or have already been to the British Museum a few times, V&A might be a great option to spend the afternoon browsing/finding inspiration. V&A has an eclectic collection, spanning eras (really old items, and those from the year 2018), spanning types (clothes to sculptures to random), spanning nations, and something else around the corner. Don't miss the jewelry exhibit, some serious bling in there!
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 6, 2022
  • Sarah G
    2 contributions
    Members' Room Lunch
    A delightful pan fried hake with lentils, chorizo and fried kale - very tasty and just the right size. Paired with a smooth Rioja. Staff are attentive without being invasive and the setting is modern, calm and warm (it was freezing outside). Recommended if you are a member.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 8, 2022
  • MILOUW
    New York City, New York1,322 contributions
    Room for improvements
    Somewhat disappointing visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The collections include obviously outstanding items such as the jewelry section. But in many areas displays are dated, poorly lit and labeled while the whole place needs a better heating system. To top it off a temporary exhibition on African fashion is small and a total waste of time and money. The only section properly lit is the shop but the goods on sale aren't appealing.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 15, 2022
  • Gill S
    1 contribution
    Beatrix Potter - so much more than Peter Rabbit
    As a longtime follower of Beatrix Potter, it was just so special to see her original artwork and letters on display. A beautiful and fun arrangement for old and young, finishing with the expansive beauty of her time in the Lake District. Don’t miss the South Asia exhibit (free) amazing textiles and unbelievably fine needlework. This museum is always a winner.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written December 15, 2022
  • 923Dan
    Swindon, United Kingdom3,067 contributions
    Very good Art Gallery - Though a bit of a Rabbit Warren and easy to get lost!
    My first visit to the V&A Gallery in London. Great day out and much more than you could ever hope to see in one day within its walls. Excellent exhibits, especially the Glass & Ceramics. Only real issue is thats its a bit of a Rabbit Warren and easy to get lost. Free to visit and well worth a visit.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 17, 2022
  • carrie w
    Ipswich, United Kingdom1,231 contributions
    Nice museum and free
    Nice little walk around.. The aleatoric Potter exhibition interested is but you had to pay for this, £9 each so we gave it a miss. The jewellery session is amazing. Nice visit but far from tube exit and all underground so dry.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 19, 2022
  • Tom B
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom244 contributions
    Parson's egg.
    Exhibits were wonderful, cafe was dreadful. really enjoyed the art work and there is a lot to get through. The halfway break was a meal in the cafe. Firstly one queues here for this, there for that and then pays somewhere else. Linear flow may not be artistic but it works. They sell you "hot" food and then because there are no open seats you half to keep circulating in the hope of finding a space and by the time you do, the food is cold. Very poor impression left on us, and a number of other circulators that we kept bumping into.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 19, 2022
  • teacher34
    Olympia, Washington662 contributions
    Beautiful and Free!
    An absolutely beautiful museum, so very grand. There are so many galleries in here. We only had three hours that morning so we were moving quickly. From beautiful pieces of ceramics, to jewelry, to fashion, to these beautiful statues, It took your breath away. It also has a nice museum store and a little outdoor eating area. They seemed to be working on a stage while we were there. After visiting here we caught the bus to Herods Department Store.
    Visited September 2022
    Written December 25, 2022
  • glitrberi
    84 contributions
    What a Place!
    Definitely plan to spend the entire day here. I only spent a few hours at the V&A and I probably didn't see even half of what is there. I will definitely make another visit the next time I am in London.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 27, 2022
  • Carolyn S
    Southampton, United Kingdom56 contributions
    Christmas Trip
    We went to see the Beatrix Potter exhibition on 28 December. The museum was VERY busy and we had to queue for lunch but it was very tasty. The exhibit itself was an insightful glimpse of Beatrix Potter's life and well worth it.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 30, 2022
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Catador8
6 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
I went last week for the Cars exhibition in Victoria and Albert museum and is was the most disappointed exhibition of cars I saw in my life. Starting for £18 tickets In the exhibition you can see around 10-15 cars and I understand the idea about they want to show the evolution of the cars in the history but few pictures and draws don't explain too much. I finish in 15-20 minutes to see everything and honestly I was looking forward to assist to this exposition but unfortunately I can't recommend. Apart from this I think Victoria and Albert is a beautiful and nice museum.
Written March 1, 2020
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London Steve
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Sep 2020
The queue to enter the V&A was well managed but once inside the Kimono exhibition there was a complete lack of social distancing and the staff on duty didn't do anything to manage the situation. Apart from small direction signs on the floor it doesn't appear that the layout of the exhibition has been modified at all, which leads people bunching up especially at corners. There were many times people crouded around me and seemed completed oblivious of the need to maintain social distancing or an ability to follow the direction signs. Unless the V&A improve their management of visitors to this wonderfull exhibition I'd recommend wearing full PPE.
Written September 15, 2020
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JonShanahan
San Antonio, TX8 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
I’d heard about the V & A for years but always was sidetracked during my other trips to London. This time I made a special effort and was swept off my feet at the scope and character of its exhibits and facilities. Walking down one hall I was suddenly thunderstruck by the view of Trajan’s Column - a full size replica. It is amazing - truly amazing - to see that & a full size replica of Michelangelo’s David; with Bernini’s & Donatello’s renditions, all clustered together. Other works of classical art are there as well. Art history majors rejoice, lol!

The dining hall itself is a work of art and the food was fresh and reasonably priced. Everything worked together for a wonderful experience, one that you will not regret taking the time to include in a visit to London, my very favorite city.
Written March 17, 2020
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Pinayaq
Dayton, OH118 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Plan to spend hours in this wonderfully massive museum! Admission is free which makes it popular among tourists and locals alike. They have a great array of art, sculptures, furniture, linens and many more from every country and continent; from different ages. There is a coat check area for bags if you don’t feel like lugging bags while walking around. You are allowed to take pictures inside. There are a lot of stairs but there are also elevators for ease of accessibility.
Written January 5, 2020
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HazelandRachel
Manchester, UK46 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Firstly we have to recognise that it's COVID time so some things are different to usual but I cannot understand why so much of the V and A was closed off. Two whole floors not open. All the leaflets about the exhibits had been removed, there were no maps and it was a real struggle to find anything. In addition because of the work being done to remodel you'd arrive at a staircase to find it was closed off meaning you have to retrace steps around this maze of a building to find another staircase and also meaning that on more than one occasion you end up starting a collection at the wrong end. Children had paper maps, why can't the adults? Why can't the volunteers hand out paper information sheets about collections? Yes I am a aware there is an app but it was pretty poor and unhelpful as it needed to be enlarged to see anything. As expected the cafe was gold plated prices - 2 coffees a bottle of water and a scone was £21. Outside the cost of some people's weekly food shop. Finally when we booked on line we hold have been informed that there were no locker or cloakroom facilities (other places are still offering this) and that floors are closed. It's the V and A so of course it was good but C+ and not A* this time.
Written October 29, 2020
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Theresa C
8 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
Whilst the content of the exhibition is outstanding and beautifully curated. There are a few downfalls with attending this or indeed any exhibition at the V & A these days. Firstly the overcrowding, it’s great that the museum is so popular but despite buying timed tickets, it is far too crowded. This is made much, much worse by the people wearing rucksacks. Then there are the people who conduct loud conversations on their mobiles. Far worse, those who come in and wander round having a full blown conversation detailing the minutiae of their lives. So please V & A look into this. Make visitors leave their rucksacks in the cloakroom. Tell people to lower their voices. Regulate the number of visitors allowed in.
Now for the cafe. This is one of the most beautiful places to sit and eat in London. However, there are simply not enough tills. The queues to pay are ridiculous and if you have bought hot food I assure you it will be cold by the time you have managed to pay for it and find a table.
Written March 1, 2020
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Jill S
London, UK4 contributions
Sep 2020
It was wonderful to return to the V&A after the lockdown closure. Booking in advance was easy and the museum was very peaceful with the restricted numbers rule. I was lucky to be there on a warm and sunny day so could have lunch in the sunshine in the garden. I wandered around visiting all my favourite things. Next time I will go to the jewellery gallery first as there was a queue each time I went there as restricted access due to the lack of space, but there is so much else to see that I didn't mind. And I bought a beautiful face mask from the shop! Will return soon!
Written September 12, 2020
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Brian K
Renfrew, UK642 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
I had meant to visit the VA on numerous occasions but had never seemed to have enough time . On our recent trip we made visiting a priority and we had an excellent time , although as the title says I could have stayed for much longer had prior arrangements not curtailed our free time . In the time we had available we managed to see most of the exhibition halls and there are many varied and wonderful treasures to see . The museum gets a big tick from me as it is free entrance which I think all museums should be . why should it only be people with money who get to enjoy all the fantastic objects on display ... in saying that there was also stand alone exhibitions such as one about Mary quant which has an entrance charge for those who may have a specific interest .however the rest is free . There are a number of floors and they all deserve to be investigated . A particular highlight for me was the snuff boxes and miniature portrait paintings but I’m sure there is something that will capture every visitors eye .. well worth a visit , I will return and spend the whole day there
Written January 20, 2020
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Emma
Manchester, UK1,288 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
It’s a real shame that what appear to be the most interesting exhibitions in here are so expensive (about £20 each) which adds up for multiple people. The building is impressive but my biggest issue is that it isn’t easy to navigate this museum. I’ve been to many museums all over the world and found this one to be one of the most difficult to get around.
Written February 2, 2020
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paul b
Kingston upon Thames, UK44 contributions
Mar 2020
My daughters bought me tickets for my birthday, £18 each,not insignificant for them.I was super excited by it as a car fan all my life.
I can in all honesty say it is the worst car related event I have ever been to.There is no continuity, not a British or French car to be seen,no imagination.A film of the car chase from Bullit with the wrong Ford Mustang under it, video walls of traffic in London,I mean really is that original thinking.
The exhibition is tiny,clearly not suited to such a small space.It took less than 30 mins to see.
There is hugely more to see at any of the car museums in this country for the same or less money.I believe this was put together by people who don't actually know anything about cars.
It's a travesty that a great venue like the V and A can allow us to spend our money on this.
Written March 4, 2020
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