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“Hollywood Costume Exhibition”

V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum
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Guided Highlights Tour of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Ranked #4 of 1,589 things to do in London
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Hollywood Costume Exhibition”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

Buy tickets at prescribed times to avoid frantic queuing although the day we went, 14th December - the exhibition was far from crowded although the week before my son and girlfriend went and the exhibition was far too busy to be enjoyable. The exhibition itself is very dark and if you don't have a good command of English written and spoken language you can forget it because ALL the descriptions of the scenes and costumes are in English - no French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic or Spanish which is rather surprising. Entrance to the first hall is not signposted or controlled so there is a general melee of people going in opposite directions and jostling to see the costumes and getting quite angry in the process. The 2nd hall is basically the same as there is no prescribed route until you get to the final hall where you join a snail pace queue of people - generally non English speaking tourists who unfortunately haven't a clue what the display information says so they have a full scale conversation and thus hold up the queue which is VERY frustrating ! There appears to be no audio accompaniment or descriptions available. A static display - not particularly inspiring and quite expensive for what it is - I would not want to pay so much to be jostled around the 3 halls. Disappointing really - not particularly imaginative - have seen better displays. Remember to look UP for the Batman costume and also you just may miss Catwoman crouching on a roof virtually out of sight just before you go out of the exit !!! Takes about 2 hours to get around due to ~"queueing" and although there are some seats in the halls they are few and far between. One thing - the exhibition IS wheelchair friendly and disabled persons can at least get close up to the costumes so this is a major plus

Visited December 2012
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“The best bread pudding!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

I always like to visit the V&A when in London and I've had a number of decent meals in the restaurant. On one visit a friend introduced me to their bread pudding and it was superb. Good selection of teas and plenty of meal options.

Visited December 2012
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“Give yourself plenary of time to see it all”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

I had wanted to visit the museum for a while and had a couple of hours spare so decided to go along, however 2 hours turned out not to be long enough to see half of what is on offer! The building itself is absolutely stunning, the galleries and displays are laid out in such a way that it is easy to navigate. My biggest problem was running out of time to see everything so I will just have to go back!

Visited October 2012
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“Always worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

Only very rarely is there not an exhibition somewhere in the V&A that is not worth a visit - and there are always lots of other galleries on the various floors that are full of interest. Shame that so many foreign visitors fail to make any donation toward this and other museums, provided free by the UK.

Visited December 2012
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“my favorite museum, been there several times”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

I like that it is an applied art museum. Whatever is your interest: jewelry, furniture, iron works, clothing, glass, etc - you'll find a lot to see and learn. Exposition is excellent, lots of supporting material. Admission is free (small donation suggested). And the museum cafe is pretty decent too.

Visited November 2012
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