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V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum, London
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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 got several hours to go on the Victoria and Albert museum. You must clearly decide which exhibitions you will see before you take off. There is so much to see and it is impossible to do on 1 day. I recommend their Fashion-Exhibition.
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  • A must see! We went on a Sunday afternoon and reluctantly left at closing. But with free admission we could always return. The building is a gem, and the collection of statues and architectural pieces...  more »
  • A view is neat, Nice concept, nice fitting, emotional jump in a historical period between 60 and 70 years of music, art, design, technology, fashion, social commitment and common life. Not to be missed!
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  • This museum has full of wonders of decorative arts which was gathered from the world. It has a big collection of Iranian artefact which was taken from my home country. Also it has lovely collection of glass works and other artistic stuff. I recommend this place who would love the learn the history of art.
  • Fabulous museum collection with well-curated exhibitions. The permanent collection is free to the public but is absolutely priceless. The temporary exhibitions come with a entry fee -- around 13-22L (what most Americans are used to paying for full museum entry, special exhibitions included) but are totally worth the hefty price tag. For those visiting before the end of 2016, be sure to see "You Say You Want a Revolution" -- one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of the cultural climate of the 1960s I've seen.
  • Gorgeous cafe area for a quick snack. Amazing collections of stuff - has a bit of everything like grandma's attic. And the tour I took was fabulous - it highlighted one piece of every type of material. Then get something in the museum gift shop!
  • Eclectic and superlative permanent collections, lauded temporary exhibitions and innovative leadership assure this institution's authority, deserved reputation and pre-eminence. So best enjoy the very best of what Britain does best.
  • I've been in art museums all over Europe - Paris, Moscow, Vienna, Lisbon, Madrid - all the big and famous ones, but nothing beats Victoria and Albert Museum for me. The museum covers all aspects of art - from Architecture to Fashion to Icons and Sacred Images to Sculpture and everything in-between. Just last week, on my maybe 20th visit, I stumbled across the Theatre and Film Design Rooms. Their temporary exhibitions are also a must visit, and the tickets are not that expensive as well. Make sure to check the Jewellery rooms as well, stunning collection of the finest of British and International goldsmiths makes.