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.
Duration: 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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  • Robert D
    2,718 contributions
    Spectacular exhibits
    I visited the V&A to see three exhibits. They have several galleries devoted to theatre and there was an exhibit of "Musicals Re;Imagined", which shows the origins or many musicals as well as sequels and later adaptations. Their "Africa Fashion" exhibit offered a diverse look at fashions from Africa. Many of the outfits were spectacular. Finally, I visited the "Hallyu! Korean Wave" exhibit about modern Korean culture. It featured various aspects from K-pop to fashion to movies. The V&A has a lot to offer.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 27, 2023
  • AJH93
    Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom23 contributions
    Pleasantly Surprised!
    I'm not usually someone who goes to art events, museums, festivals etc but this was a great place to visit and I left pleasantly surprised, I strongly believe that there is something here for everyone to see and enjoy. Everyone should go at least once! My favourites were the plaster cast gallery which was breath taking upon walking in, featuring Italian Architecture including a replica of Michael Angelo's statue of David. I also enjoyed Chinese, Japanese and Statue/Bust and Turkish Galleries. The 1000 year old Ardabil carpet is amazing! The place is very clean and staff are very polite and helpful, its nice admission is free but I don't think its possible to see everything in one day my advice is to pick and choose what you see
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 28, 2023
  • Blair
    La Jolla, California23 contributions
    An Eclectic Museum, mostly free!
    Very kind of the Brits to make most of the V&A free of charge. There was a charge for the visiting Donatello exhibit, but I wore out before I got that far. The Fashion Exhibit spans several centuries, and is well displayed, with printed explanations a person can read. The Gift Shop is well curated, and attention is paid to items that travel well, such as wonderful scarves, fabric totes, toys and books for kids. I didn't make a dent in their offerings in the time I had available. The weak link: food at the Garden Cafe. Pre-made sandwiches were tasteless, though you could get Pimms Cup or a Gin & Tonic in a can.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 28, 2023
  • reviewedbysean
    Wolverhampton, United Kingdom28 contributions
    Well worth a visit
    Very enjoyable trip. Lots of historical pieces across a vast array of eras. From old metals (silver & gold), jewellery, paintings, theatre and film, religion and sculptures. Would recommend this museum. 5/5. They have onsite cafe and toilet facilities, gift shop and it was easy to flow around the museum at all times.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Anne B
    Portland, Oregon76 contributions
    Worth a visit !
    A wonderful museum and it's free, it is huge, you walk through one room to another, great gift shop with all sorts of items. We saw three museums in one day ! V &A, Natural History and the Science Museum, so much fun, wear comfortable shoes !
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 14, 2023
  • Deborah C
    Andalucia, Spain16 contributions
    so much to see
    You could spend several days in here, there is so much on offer. As with all London museums, it is free to enter though some of the specialised exhibitions do have a charge. The highlight of our visit were the Cast Rooms where you can see casts of monuments such as Trajans' Column, the pulpit in Pisa cathedral, the statue of David - there's no need to leave England! Would recommend planning your trip.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 16, 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,046 contributions
    Wonderful collection of artifacts
    The Victoria and Albert Museum has a wonderful collection of artifacts from times gone by. The museum is named after Queen Victoria and her Prince Consort, Albert. This great legacy is worth spending half a day to explore the exhibits. As with other London museums, entry is free, unless you want to see a special exhibition.
    Visited January 2023
    Written March 18, 2023
  • Frqflier
    Brooklyn, New York556 contributions
    Visiting London? You Have to Visit This Museum!
    So often I feel like I don't belong in a museum because I don't the artistic or historical degree needed to appreciate what's in there. The collection is incredible. Admission was free. And if you don't have hours to spend, do what we did. Basically small bites over two days. So glad we went!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 22, 2023
  • Allison H
    1 contribution
    Africa Fashion
    The exhibition was very well thought out and informative. The displays/videos and content were excellent. It was great to see diversity represented in this way. It is such an inspiration to see amazing, talented designers across the generations who shared their experiences both good and bad, and their creativity.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 23, 2023
  • c1lm2
    Princeton, New Jersey164 contributions
    Save a day to really see this wonder
    An incredibly eclectic mix of exquisite art and artifacts built on the success of Prince Albert’s Great Exhbition. I spent 3+ hours and barely scratched the surface. You can stay for lunch in the cafe and spend the day.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 24, 2023
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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, UK658 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, UK47 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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