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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  • On London 2 for 1 via the train ticket offer. Might have felt a bit shortchanged if had paid full price but given that we like large ships and style it was an excellent hour and a bit. Did not get far...  more »
  • This is a FABULOUS museum, which we weren't going to visit, but I am so glad we did! It is beyond words. I suggest google-ing for a comprehensive review. I feel this is a can't miss attraction! Easy t...  more »
  • Fabulous jewelry collection, furnishings, art works, etc. The building itself is worth the trip! Although the V&A is free, there are paid temporary special interest exhibits too. Lots to see and enjoy...  more »
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  • We went to see the Pink Floyd exhibition, it was brilliant. An excellent, well planned walk through the history of one of the worlds most iconic bands. The audio visual made the experience even more meaningful. Pity they wasn't a few more seating areas though. Well done V&A.....
  • A great museum. A big fan of some of the pop culture exhibits they put on every other year. I do have to confess to being slightly lost but that was due to entering via the side. There needs to be better maps.
  • One of my favourite places in the world. Exquisite. It is free entry apart from certain specific exhibits. It is huge and you will need at last a day to see it all properly through wandering about or you could plan specific parts to see. Good cafe/restaurant (obviously quite expensive) and a nice outdoor courtyard water feature area. The place is always busy but it never feels overcrowded. Great location for Science museum and museum of natural history too. Good links from South Ken station via a tunnel directly to the museums.
  • Had a great time visiting the Pink Floyd exhibition. Just wish there was more room in the early part of the exhibition. That section is very small and was hard look at the cabinets and information with a large number of people in there. But once pass that the rest was well laid out with enough space and became a very engaging, enjoyable experience
  • A very large museum, lots of things to see, so plan a plenty of time (4-5hrs maybe?) to walk around if you're a museum lover. The items in the jewelry gallery are the most gorgeous I've ever seen. However, the souvenir is not so special nor worth the price in my opinion. Looking forward to seeing some creativity in the shop next time. P.S. It's free entry.

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