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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  • August 21, 2017
    If you are interested in the applied arts, this is the museum to visit. Unlike at the British Museum, there were no lineups here. The collection is huge and can't be covered in a day, so choose the ar...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    The V & A Museum is welcoming from the phone call I made to query entry to the Pink Floyd Exhibition (& spoke to a real human being!) to the staff at the entrance through to all the staff in the exhib...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    Visited the Pink Floyd exhibition in the V&A over the weekend.I am a 49 yr old and have loved Pink Floyd since turning 12 and have loved "the wall", the "final cut" and everything else they have done....  more »
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  • We visited the Pink Floyd exhibition Their Mortal Remains which is absolutely superb. It covers their entire career from the early 60s to The Endless River. It is very well laid out with the supplied ear phones giving a very interesting sound track. The last room has screens on all four walls showing the promo films for Arnold Layne and High Hopes and the Live 8 performance of Comfortably Numb in superb sound. Very moving. Highly recommended.
  • WOW WOW WOW. I have NEVER EVER been to a museum this amazing in my entire life! Probably the BEST museum in my opinion, and I've been to all the majors in NYC, USA, London and more. There's something for everyone here and is utterly amazing. I had chills walking in the exhibits. Not a huge art fan, but the artifacts statues and multiple exhibits on materials had me fascinated. The theatre exhibit was exquisite. I highly recommend this museum to anyone, a real MUST DO! Only had an hour and I did the majority of it with goosebumps and chills of the amazement!
  • This museum is amazing in what it has to offer, loads of various interests catered for here and a lovely outdoors area with paddling pool that's a great for kids to frollock in in the summer months, with a cafe too. Inside on ground floor is a rather nice restaurant. Had a great sculpture wide hallway. Several minor and major special exhibitions throughout the year are great highlights! Don't t miss out on this free place to visit apart from the major exhibition s that cost money.
  • This is one of the world's great museums. Don't visit with the idea of seeing everything- have a plan, and specific exhibitions in mind, or you'll end up exhausted, with only enough time to glance at the exhibits. Check the website for special exhibitions before you visit, too- the same goes for all the big London museums. You can usually plan more efficiently based on your specific interests. The permanent collections at the V+A are mind-blowing, even just the subset on public display at any one time. You'll need the excellent café to revive you mid-visit, it really is that overwhelming. (Oh, and beware the gift shop near the main entrance.. it's full of Precious Things!)
  • This museum has an amazing collection of some of the most unique objects from history I have ever seen. Definitely a must visit. The scale and scope of this museum make it undoubtedly one of the best in Britain

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