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Private Victoria & Albert Museum Tour: Greatest Collection of Arts and Crafts

Private Victoria & Albert Museum Tour: Greatest Collection of Arts and Crafts
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Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Your tour begins at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London’s Victorian centre of art and crafts created by the Royal Couple. It is now a museum of Arts and Crafts from all countries, styles and periods. Apart from the main collection of oil paintings and watercolours (with the emphasis on the British ones and a collection of  Constable’s oil sketches), one will find sculptures and paintings, theatrical costumes and scenery, furniture, silver, jelwery and architectural examples, . In the museum you will find the world’s finest collection of applied arts such as weapons and armours, tapestries and carpets, scenery,  furniture and ceramics, fashion and modern design.  Visit the famous Cartoons for tapestries which Raphael created for pope Leo X and the recently refurbished Renaissance and Medieval Galleries and the more recent Baroque Galleries.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English, Italian, French, Spanish
What to expect
  • Start your private tour at London’s V&A Museum, the city’s center of arts and crafts that is dedicated to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Today the museum is home to art from all styles, eras and countries, with its main collection a series of British oil paintings and watercolors. Explore rooms full of sculptures and architecture, and hear fun facts about one of the world’s finest collections of applied art. Head inside the Raphael Cartoons collection that the Renaissance master Raphael created for Pope Leo X, add discover the highlights of the Medieval and Renaissance galleries. Leave the V&A for a stroll through Knightsbridge where Harrods and other prestigious shopping establishments can be found. In the heart of the upmarket neighborhood is Apsley House, aka No 1 London. Hear how the house was built for Baron Apsley before it fell into the hands of the Duke of Wellington. The duke lavished it further with a Corinthian temple besides other features, turning it into his very own grand mansion. Head inside to explore and catch sight of the marble Canova statue of Napoleon in the guise of Apollo, and admire an array of treasure: sets of porcelain and silver, jewels, snuff boxes, stately furniture and more. Hear the history of the house as you head upstairs, and marvel at the duke’s collection of paintings. Pieces of art from the Royal Spanish collection, which were found in Giuseppe Bonaparte’s coach when he fled Madrid, were gifted to the duke by the King of Spain. Among the notable pieces are paintings by Goya, Murillo, Ribera, Rubens and Velázquez. Your private tour finishes outside the house. Please note: If you have any particular interests, for example art, history or architecture, please make a note in the ‘Special Requirements’ field when you book. Your guide will prepare your tour with those interests in mind.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Start your private tour at London’s V&A Museum, the city’s center of arts and crafts that is dedicated to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Today the museum is home to art from all styles, eras and countries, with its main collection a series of British oil paintings and watercolors. Explore rooms full of sculptures and architecture, and hear fun facts about one of the world’s finest collections of applied art. Head inside the Raphael Cartoons collection that the Renaissance master Raphael created for Pope Leo X, add discover the highlights of the Medieval and Renaissance galleries. Leave the V&A for a stroll through Knightsbridge where Harrods and other prestigious shopping establishments can be found. In the heart of the upmarket neighborhood is Apsley House, aka No 1 London. Hear how the house was built for Baron Apsley before it fell into the hands of the Duke of Wellington. The duke lavished it further with a Corinthian temple besides other features, turning it into his very own grand mansion. Head inside to explore and catch sight of the marble Canova statue of Napoleon in the guise of Apollo, and admire an array of treasure: sets of porcelain and silver, jewels, snuff boxes, stately furniture and more. Hear the history of the house as you head upstairs, and marvel at the duke’s collection of paintings. Pieces of art from the Royal Spanish collection, which were found in Giuseppe Bonaparte’s coach when he fled Madrid, were gifted to the duke by the King of Spain. Among the notable pieces are paintings by Goya, Murillo, Ribera, Rubens and Velázquez. Your private tour finishes outside the house. Please note: If you have any particular interests, for example art, history or architecture, please make a note in the ‘Special Requirements’ field when you book. Your guide will prepare your tour with those interests in mind.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3207LON5
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Private tour
  • Professional art historian guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • South Kensington Museums (Stop L), London SW7 2HW, UK Departure Point: Tour departs from V&A New Entrance in Exhibition Road Directions: Meet outside the Entrance to the Museum, your guide will be there holding a notice with client's name General Museum Address: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL, UK
  • 1 Cromwell Gardens, South Kensington, London SW7 2SL, UK Return point: Concludes at the Victoria & Albert Museum exit in Cromwell Road SW7
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Private tour
  • Professional art historian guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • South Kensington Museums (Stop L), London SW7 2HW, UK Departure Point: Tour departs from V&A New Entrance in Exhibition Road Directions: Meet outside the Entrance to the Museum, your guide will be there holding a notice with client's name General Museum Address: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL, UK
  • 1 Cromwell Gardens, South Kensington, London SW7 2SL, UK Return point: Concludes at the Victoria & Albert Museum exit in Cromwell Road SW7
Duration
3h
Return details
  • 1 Cromwell Gardens, South Kensington, London SW7 2SL, UK Return point: Concludes at the Victoria & Albert Museum exit in Cromwell Road SW7
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    South Kensington Museums (Stop L)
    London SW7 2HW, UK
    Departure Point: Tour departs from V&A New Entrance in Exhibition Road Directions: Meet outside the Entrance to the Museum, your guide will be there holding a notice with client's name General Museum Address: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL, UK
    See address & details
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    V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum
    Stop: 3 hours
    After joining your guide you will be introduced to the most amazing objects designed by artists and craftsmen. Started as a school of design since 1836, the Museum was soon called “A People’s Palace", which was re-established to continue the famous Crystal Palace Exhibition. Its future Director Henry Cole said: “This Museum based on Design and Manufacture will educate designers, inspire manufacturers and reform the taste of the public at large. Your guide who will show you briefly the main Museum Galleries of European, American and Asian Art, will concentrate in the highlight of the Museum. He or she will show you the mode of the first prefab glass building used to hold in the Park the Great Exhibition of 1851 called “The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations”, later expanded to all Arts. You will see Ancient Textiles and Modern Chairs, works by Michelangelo, Leonardo and Giambologna; Bernini’s largest marble statue moved out of Italy; Canova and Rodin’s sculptures. In the Islamic Galleries the Ardabil Carpet, the largest and finest carpet in the world; Tipu’s Tiger from Misore; Indian Jewellery, European Jewellery from Ancient to Modern times, Miniatures and Limnings, Clothes by the best designers of our day, Glass and Ceramics galore, etc. etc. This private tour is hosted by a professional guide specializing in art history.
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  • You'll end at
    1 Cromwell Gardens
    1 Cromwell Gardens, South Kensington, London SW7 2SL, UK
    Return point: Concludes at the Victoria & Albert Museum exit in Cromwell Road SW7
    See address & details
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Fleurbarnes
London, UK15 contributions
Don’t be taken in by this scam. The Victoria and Albert Museum is free (except for temporary exhibitions which charge for admission). More to the point the museum has a team of expert voluntary guides who run FREE tours throughout the day (see V&A website for details and reviews).
Written 17 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Denise D
Wood Green, UK142 contributions
Aug 2018
The V&A put on some great exhibitions and this was one of them. I learned so much about this amazing woman and I had no idea what a challenging life she had with her health.
The V&A is a fantastic venue and was able to cope with the mass of people who wanted to go. The staff really got into the mood of Frida and dressed in some of her signature pieces, which was a lovely touch.
Written 28 August 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

walton1512
Birmingham, UK85 contributions
Apr 2018
Not every exhibition here is up to scratch - but when they do one well - its momentous and memorable. Winnie the Pooh for a recent example was divine- though what on earth those stuffed toy monstrosities in the shop have to do with the original drawings is somewhat of a mystery. Given that the VnA prides itself on being a shopping destination it needs to step up on the exhibition shops. The dining rooms - are wonderful but why oh why did they put a plastic white anonymous cafe running alongside them. I pity the poor visitors who have never discovered these rooms. You get discount as a member in the shop and cafe. The permanent exhibition of tapestries is a really great place to find a soulful peace, as are the miniature paintings.
Written 26 April 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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