V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Categories: Art Museums, Museums
At V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum, see the world's largest decorative arts and design collection. The museum's 145 galleries span 51,000 sq m (12.5 acres), so you won't be able to see it all in a single visit. Look over a floor plan and decide which rooms interest you the most. You have 5,000 years worth of art to choose from, including ceramics, glass, textiles, ironwork, sculptures, furniture, photographs, and more, from all parts of the world. At 80,000 objects, the ceramics collection is the world's largest and features pieces by famous potters such as William De Morgan and Bernard Leach. In the British galleries, keep an eye out for Henry VIII's writing desk, which dates to 1525. The jewelry collection includes an emerald necklace that Napoleon gave to his adopted daughter, Hortense de Beauharnais, in 1806. Check the schedule of free tours and talks if you want to learn more about specific subjects. Take a look at our London holiday planner to schedule your visit to V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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We visited the museum the first week in October on a Thursday midday and it wasn't crowded. You can't see everything in one day unless you start early and stay all day. I really enjoyed the exhibits t... read more »
i like this place , its amazing museum , with alot of things to see inside , you will be never disapointed from this museum .
Interesting exhibits! Great cafeteria! Located in the Knightsbridge section of London. The wardrobe exhibition was great!
This Museum is amazing, it's an art gallery, architectural junk yard, collectors paradise. A big space, with a whole series of galleries with a real eclectic mixture, from absolutely huge plaster cast ornate columns, to the tiniest of ear rings. There's something to amaze or captivate. Easy to find, and FREE, a whole day out for the curious.
Wonderful art museum. The story goes that everything in the British Museum was taken from across the empire, the V&A museum is filled with artifacts willingly given. There's a wide variety of sculpture, costumes, paintings, etc. Absolutely worth a visit.
Matt Jacobs Jr
Amazing museum with an enormous, if sometimes overwhelming, collection of classic art. I would compare this place to the Met (Metropolitan Art Museum in NYC), while the Tate Modern would be like MoMa (Museum of Modern Art in NYC). Truly beautiful sculptures, statues, clothing, artifacts, paintings, glass work, installations, and important historical items. You could easily come here once a week for years and see new things each time so if you are just visiting for a day be sure to give yourself at least the whole afternoon. Cafeteria in the basement is ok but not anything special.
One museum Im gonna miss so much! I like the environment and the friendly staffs. The collections are neatly displayed and organized. Get the map while donating a min of 1£ (trust me, worth it). There are a few quiet study area open for public. Entry is free except for special exhibition. On friday opens until later but only the part of the -1 floor, 0 floor and special exhibition. Focus on art collections, sculptures, paintings, costumes, furnitures, metal work, architecture, ceramics. Non member can leave coat or small bag at coat counters for 1£. Bigger bags or luggage bags is 2£ to 4£.
A must visit. Dont miss the beautifully designed café rooms. They often have free lgbt tours of the collection on saturdays.
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