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Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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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 holiday 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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  • Very rich and very large Museum. Allow at least half a day to get a good glimpse. You can get lost. for a small follow the guide of the 20 main objects to see: it is sometimes a treasure hunt. And it's free!
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  • I visited the V&A when the exhibition about underwear. Got a little to be desired. But the rest of the Museum is worthwhile. Well organized and medium sized. End the day in your coffee shop is part of the whole experience. The ambientacao and beautiful. Also highlight the internal garden.
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  • Next to the science and national history museum , this is a must :). My girls learned so much from this visit , we could have spend more hours  more »
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  • One of the best museums in London, some fantastic stuff in here. You'll easily need a full day to appreciate it. Great collection of paintings by Rafael which are truly unbelievable. Stock up on drinks and food before going in as it's really expensive to buy anything from the cafes inside.
  • My favourite museum in London. The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's greatest museum of decorative arts and design with amazingly extensive and diverse collections. For an art lover it is a place worth visiting many times - you will always find something new to see and admire. I especially recommend visiting the place on Friday evening, when it is open till 10 pm - it's not so crowded and there are parts of the building almost empty at times. You feel like in a magical, enchanted place. The museum's main collection is free but you will have to pay to visit one of the excellent, very popular temporary exhibitions organized there (but they are worth it).
  • Fantastic museum of design in a monumental neo classical building. Not as kid friendly as the Natural History and Science Museums but well worth the visit. The permanent collections offer a fascinating insight into design from across the globe and the temporary exhibitions tend towards the quirky. There is a nice courtyard with a pond which is a perfect place to eat your sandwiches in the sunshine. Gets very busy during the holidays so get there early. Also has some beautiful jewellery and ceramics in the shop.
  • I always wanted to visit but was never overly bothered, but when I did, oh wow. This place is huge with an incredible collection. Their hall of replicas is incredible, with cast replicas of some of the most incredible sculptures and structures in the world. I will definitely be returning to see yet more. Coffee was also good here. Well worth a visit!
  • I spent a lovely afternoon exploring Victoria and Albert museum. Here you will find no shortage of exhibits and artifacts to look at. It was really well done! Also worth noting admission is free, there is a great cafeteria and beautiful courtyard to enjoy as well. It is also a great spot to visit the museum of National History before or after as it is right by.