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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  • The V&A has some wonderful exhibits. I will state this early on as I have had an issue with it: if you want to see an exhibition that requires a ticket purchase this a week before your trip, or phone up to find out what the process is for on the day tickets. The website doesn't let you know if events are getting full, so you could be disappointed. The cafes serve lovely food, inspiring hot and cold meals, snacks and cakes. The decor is lovely and a welcome break from walking around. Service is generally good, though a little slow at busy times. It isn't cheap, but not extortionate either. The bathrooms are always clean (I've visited several times in the past 3 years and never seen them messy). The museum is well laid out, with distinct areas for different themes/periods/countries etc. so you can easily find things that will interest you. They have a good number of visiting exhibitions too, so even if you've been five times you'll find something new to see. You could happily spend hours here, but I would give at least 2 hours to go and have a proper wander around one section. It's in a great location and it a lovely building. Good for the whole family.
  • Wonderful and expansive and definitely worth a visit during any visit to London. Saw some cool things on the museum catalog that weren’t currently on display and contacted the museum to see if we could get a private viewing. We were able to do so (for free) and it was a super helpful and educational experience! It was wonderful to really talk to museum staff and understand that small things that make up the grand collections at this museum. They have a YouTube channel that goes more in depth or shows the work of some of the significant pieces here.
  • It's amazing but huge. I mean, if you have the time and energy go for it. Otherwise make a selection of what you really want to see and go see only those exhibitions. Trust me, your feet will thank you later. We saw the fashion exhibition and it was great and then the sculptures, jewelry, miniature portraits and paintings. They were all impressive and I highly recommend checking them out if you are into this sort of things. To be noted that I found great similarities with the British Museum plus some extras so if your time is limited I would say skip the British Museum and go through this one more thoroughly. You can also grab a scrumptious lunch at the restaurant of the museum and it's relatively cheap. We paid £12.50 for a warm meal that included meat, baked potatoes and vegetables. So quite a good deal I would say, and there were other options as well to choose from. The location is great as you can see this and the Natural History Museum in the same day.
  • On a beautiful sunny morning we took a stroll to the Museum of Natural History and the Victoria and Albert hall. That casual stroll changed my perception of museums. I love the V&A hall. The display so well arranged and has a continuity. There is a beautiful cafe where we had tasty scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. The kids can play in a shallow water body near the cafe. This place is a must visit when in London!!
  • Fantastic! Lunch in the beautiful suntrap square at the heart of the building was surreal, like being on a Mediterranean holiday and or in another period of time... honestly felt blissful. The food absolutely worth paying for, because it IS as good as it looks.... the shop actually has things that are relevant, fascinating, beautiful and reasonably priced (unlike the usual expensive tat found in "galleries, museums & attractions"). Then there is the museum.... amazing, all free and almost worth moving to London for
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