Victoria & Albert Museum

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Address:
Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
Nearest Tube:
South Kensington
Telephone:
020 7942 2000
Opening Hours:
10am-5:45pm Daily, 10am-10pm Fridays
Cost:
Free Admission; Some Exhibits Require a Fee

The Victoria and Albert Museum, more commonly known as the “V&A”, has the biggest collection of arts and design in the world with over 4.5 million items. The museum was first started in 1852 and was named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The V&A collection covers over 5,000 years of art from all around the world, including medieval objects, ceramics, jewelry, furniture, glass works, sculptures, photographs, paintings and much more.

The actual museum itself is a classic piece of Victorian art with the embellished ceramic staircase designed by Frank Moody and the outside mosaic on the north facing side of the museum designed by Godfrey Skyes. After meandering through the galleries, make sure to relax in the tranquil John Madejski Garden where you can admire the central water feature, which is particularly beautiful when illuminated at night. In the summer months, the museum sets up a café in the southwest corner of the garden where you can enjoy lunch or a cold beverage in the sun (or rain – it is England, after all). Or you can bring your own lunch and picnic on the grass whilst your kids splash about in the central water feature (yes, this is allowed!).

The V&A features special exhibits that frequently change from 80’s fashion cat walks, old classic toys, famous movie costumes, et cetera. And similar to the other museums in the area, the V&A occasionally holds “lates” – which are special events hosted after the regular museum hours – which generally involve live performances, food, DJs and late night exhibition openings. Make sure to check out the website for details on these special events and exhibits prior to your visit, as they may require advance booking of tickets.

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