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Victoria and Albert Museum, London

At 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 travel itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Victoria and Albert Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • There is something for everyone at this museum which is steeped in history as befits the name "Victoria and Albert. Beautiful food court centre piece of whih is a beautiful fountain with grassy area....  more »
  • Founded in 1852, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is the world's largest museum of applied and decorative arts and design, as well as sculpture, housing a permanent collection of over 2.27...  more »
  • I've visited the V&A several times, most recently for the Dior exhibit, and it never fails. The exhibits are fabulous, and more varied than most art museums. I just love the collection of jewelry...  more »
  • Location was nice, packed out but lots to do and lots to see. Having three museums next to each other and all FREE is absolutely fantastic. Sundays you can park nearby for free as well. Kid friendly and everyone seems to be happy and considerate of each other. Always have events on throughout the year. It is situated next to Knightsbridge so shopping is not far away. There are areas to relax and unwind as well
  • Adore this place. Always something interesting to see. Whether visiting a specific exhibition or just coming to browse. Could lose a day here easily! Fab museum shop too. Great cards and gifts and reasonably priced jewellery.
  • Had a wonderful experience at the V&A. While it was my first visit, I had the opportunity to join a group that had visited the museum before. What a fantastic collection of art, sculptures, and artifacts. The Cars exhibition was also worth the visit as it had a great collection of items related to the history of the change in transportation. I also really enjoyed the story that the exhibition told. Very educational and relevant for today. Great location and love that museums here are free!
  • I love the beauty of its architecture, the cafeteria is a place to go to even if you are not hungry. We enjoy the museum in general with so many salons of different interests that is pleasing to all ages and tastes. Worth going and the best part: IS FREE!!!! and if you have enough time go across the street and visit the beautiful building of the Natural History Museum
  • One of the most impressive museum I have ever seen! It is amazing, it has all the cultures of the world. I can't explain in words how big it is, I spent there all day and it wasn't enough. You must come and visit because is wow and it is also free entrance.

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