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Review of V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum

V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum
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Guided Highlights Tour of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Ranked #4 of 1,568 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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Easy to spend hours in”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

If you ever find the weather not to your liking then by all means stop in the V&A. It has something for everyone and goes on and on. There is a nice cafe on the premises as well. The building is beautiful inside and in addition to their normal artefacts/art they also have several interesting temporary exhibits.

Visited October 2013
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“If you are crazy enough to visit just one museum in London........”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

Face facts you can not visit one museum in London. If you research before online the museums are very updated with what they have to offer, so do your homework. However whatever you want to to see as a specialty in art is here at the V&A! So many mediums, periods, and so forth. Still my favorite for getting lost for an afternoon. And do not miss ( because it is not with the others) the Incrediable miniature of Anne of Cleve's by Holbein the Younger that sent Henry the VIII into orbit!

Visited September 2013
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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“It's free, so come back for another visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

The V&A is a free museum, this is an important thing to know as there is too much to see in one visit. I suggest you chose a few sections and spend a realistic amount of time for each place rather than running around not appreciating anything properly. Also take an opportunity to look at the café, it is a very enticing place, how can you not enjoy a drink and a bite to eat in such a gorgeous place.

Visited June 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A great place and an even better cafe to give one the strength to continue”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

You cannot see it all in one visit as there are 146 rooms, so choose the areas that most interest you. We went to see the Raphael Cartoons, the Fashion Room which had just re-opened and the Medieval and Renaissance galleries. However, we spent the most time in the Cast Gallery. Previously I had not been interested in plaster casts of original items from Antiquity. considering them to be 'fakes'. However, understanding that the casts were being made to ensure that some of the great treasures of the world, which are endangered and others, such as Trajan's Column in Rome, which cannot be seen properly from ground level in Rome, made the gallery a must for us as a cast of Trajan's Column is in that gallery along with many other items of similar age. All of the items can be viewed from two levels. When we needed resuscitation we adjourned to the café off the courtyard dating from the 1860's which serves food covering all tastes - good value. the whole place is worth giving a donation in lieu of an entrance fee.

Visited May 2013
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“One of my favourite places in London”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

I take time to go to the V and A each time I go to London, there's just so much to see, and I always take advantage of the free tours which run each hour during the day, each one exploring a different theme, eg China, or Jewellery or Mediaeval Arts, or even the introductory tours of the highlights, which whet your appetite to explore further. The added bonus is the restarant café area, where you can eat in a selection of themed rooms. The William Morris room is my favourite!

Visited October 2013
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