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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 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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  • You can spend all day here are the V&A museum, there are so many different halls to look in, with so many different themes. The building itself is fabulous and Prince Albert did a fabulous job on... 
    You can spend all day here are the V&A museum, there are so many different halls to look in, with so many different themes. The building itself is fabulous and Prince Albert did a fabulous job on...  more »
  • On this London Walk our Guide was Molly who was so knowledgeable. To begin with she related the History of the Museum, putting things into the context of the Industrial Revolution and thus added... 
    On this London Walk our Guide was Molly who was so knowledgeable. To begin with she related the History of the Museum, putting things into the context of the Industrial Revolution and thus added...  more »
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  • Had a lovely time strolling around here on Saturday. Was quite crowded but not too bad. Still areas to sit with no people and didn't have to queue for the toilets or cafe or anything. Sitting in the garden courtyard was amazing as the weather was so nice. There's a massive pond and water fountain so if you've got young kids bring their swimmers and a towel so they can have a dip on a hot day. The cafe and gift shop are mega pricey but that's to be expected. It's easy to get lost in the maze of it all and you'll definitely double back on yourself but the sculptures and the grandeur of the place.... It's really impressive. Look up at the ceilings. They're stunning. Have to pay for some exhibitions but general admission is free... Just make sure you book in advance. A great day out for sure.
  • The V&A is a wonderful museum. It is easy to get from the tube station at Waterloo. It is a marvellous place to visit, so much to look at. I would advise anybody visiting to give themselves plenty of time. If you want to have a meal there is a beautiful cafe, the old cafe and the new, stunning. The food is good and reasonably priced. The map is well laid out, if you want to see everything, start at the top and work down. All together a brilliant place to visit.
  • I have always loved the V&A. How can anyone not? Visited it after a very long time. Booked a timed entry and attended a wonderful talk on the Raphael Cartoons. If you haven't been to the talk or admired the Raphael Cartoons, please do! Had some sustenance at the outside cafe. Joy to sit here to appreciate the architecture. Recharged it was time to see more of the gorgeous exhibits. Wow, the beauty that I have missed! Too soon it was time to leave but I will be back and that's a promise.
  • Really good museum where you discover something new every time you go. Would like it if you could perhaps download 1 or 2 hope self guided tours around the museum with particular themes. These could take you to either the major exhibits or take you on yours around the art of particular regions of the world. The cafe was good and the portions were healthy. The weather was smashing and sitting in the garden was wonderful. Will definitely be visiting again.
  • Quite simply one of the best and most important museums in the world. A treasure trove of exquisite and priceless objects - all beautifully curated. I love how the V&A only selects the best of objects to make sense of an artistic movement or a specific time in history. The building itself is a work of art and a treat to wander around for as long as you wish. Although their special exhibitions are extraordinary (for which there is a fee), the permanent collection though is just a joy to experience and free of charge. A phenomenal privilege to witness and clearly curated and maintained with love and compassion. Go and experience it - again and again if you can.

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