V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum

V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum

V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
About
The world's greatest museum of art and design.The V&A's collections are unrivalled in their diversity. Explore historical and contemporary art and design, including works of art from many of the world's richest cultures. Admission free.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Knightsbridge
When millions of tourists want to shop 'til they drop, they do it along Brompton Road and its boutique-lined tributaries, including the world-renowned Harrods. And when millionaires want to flaunt what they've already got, many of them find Knightsbridge and Belgravia the perfect place to do so, often behind stately mansion walls or down quiet private mews. Delve beyond the ultra-luxe exterior and you'll find some of this city's cosiest pubs, quiet gardens, and all sorts of indie retailers and enterprises worth a short exercise in spontaneous window shopping. For those looking to take a break from shopping, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, and some of the city's most popular museums are nearby.
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  • Gloucester Road • 10 min walk
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  • Carmen Santiago
    Mountain View, California164 contributions
    A solid collection of eclectic items, in a fab building.
    A lot of items are not well marked (with descriptions), and it might be optimal to visit with a guide. Still, if you have time or have already been to the British Museum a few times, V&A might be a great option to spend the afternoon browsing/finding inspiration. V&A has an eclectic collection, spanning eras (really old items, and those from the year 2018), spanning types (clothes to sculptures to random), spanning nations, and something else around the corner. Don't miss the jewelry exhibit, some serious bling in there!
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 December 2022
  • Sarah G
    2 contributions
    Members' Room Lunch
    A delightful pan fried hake with lentils, chorizo and fried kale - very tasty and just the right size. Paired with a smooth Rioja. Staff are attentive without being invasive and the setting is modern, calm and warm (it was freezing outside). Recommended if you are a member.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 8 December 2022
  • MILOUW
    New York City, New York1,322 contributions
    Room for improvements
    Somewhat disappointing visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The collections include obviously outstanding items such as the jewelry section. But in many areas displays are dated, poorly lit and labeled while the whole place needs a better heating system. To top it off a temporary exhibition on African fashion is small and a total waste of time and money. The only section properly lit is the shop but the goods on sale aren't appealing.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 December 2022
  • Gill S
    1 contribution
    Beatrix Potter - so much more than Peter Rabbit
    As a longtime follower of Beatrix Potter, it was just so special to see her original artwork and letters on display. A beautiful and fun arrangement for old and young, finishing with the expansive beauty of her time in the Lake District. Don’t miss the South Asia exhibit (free) amazing textiles and unbelievably fine needlework. This museum is always a winner.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 December 2022
  • 923Dan
    Swindon, United Kingdom3,067 contributions
    Very good Art Gallery - Though a bit of a Rabbit Warren and easy to get lost!
    My first visit to the V&A Gallery in London. Great day out and much more than you could ever hope to see in one day within its walls. Excellent exhibits, especially the Glass & Ceramics. Only real issue is thats its a bit of a Rabbit Warren and easy to get lost. Free to visit and well worth a visit.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 17 December 2022
  • carrie w
    Ipswich, United Kingdom1,231 contributions
    Nice museum and free
    Nice little walk around.. The aleatoric Potter exhibition interested is but you had to pay for this, £9 each so we gave it a miss. The jewellery session is amazing. Nice visit but far from tube exit and all underground so dry.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 December 2022
  • Tom B
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom244 contributions
    Parson's egg.
    Exhibits were wonderful, cafe was dreadful. really enjoyed the art work and there is a lot to get through. The halfway break was a meal in the cafe. Firstly one queues here for this, there for that and then pays somewhere else. Linear flow may not be artistic but it works. They sell you "hot" food and then because there are no open seats you half to keep circulating in the hope of finding a space and by the time you do, the food is cold. Very poor impression left on us, and a number of other circulators that we kept bumping into.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 19 December 2022
  • teacher34
    Olympia, Washington662 contributions
    Beautiful and Free!
    An absolutely beautiful museum, so very grand. There are so many galleries in here. We only had three hours that morning so we were moving quickly. From beautiful pieces of ceramics, to jewelry, to fashion, to these beautiful statues, It took your breath away. It also has a nice museum store and a little outdoor eating area. They seemed to be working on a stage while we were there. After visiting here we caught the bus to Herods Department Store.
    Visited September 2022
    Written 25 December 2022
  • glitrberi
    84 contributions
    What a Place!
    Definitely plan to spend the entire day here. I only spent a few hours at the V&A and I probably didn't see even half of what is there. I will definitely make another visit the next time I am in London.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 27 December 2022
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Susan R
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Friends
The Chanel show was extremely poorly managed. Ticket holders were ignored in favour of membership holders. We counted 60 membership holders permitted entry in priority to three elderly ladies who were queueing ahead of us. When we gained entry the first half of the exhibition was packed and very dangerous, as we could not see these exhibits we moved and viewed the second half of the exhibition only. The staff managing the queueing and crowd were young and lacked any cop on about the safety issues and also respecting the senior visitors we saw. The McQueen exhibit was on the ground floor with appropriate management. We flew from Ireland and won't waste our money again. We spoke to staff afterwards and received an insipid smile as an answer. Packing members and ticket holders into the event was very dangerous as it was situated in the basement. There are vast spaces in other parts of the museum, why other exhibitions could not be relocated is beyond me.
Written 27 November 2023
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Jagruti C
Leicester, UK14 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Went to the Chanel Exhibition at the V&A Museum with my sister. It was a fabulous experience to be able to see these wonderful and the most beautiful Chanel outfits (in the flesh). The information on the pieces was informative too. My only small gripe was that it was incredibly hot and stuffy inside due to the volume of visitors - maybe aircon may have helped, who knows?
Written 26 November 2023
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Stephanie C
Mundelein, IL1,465 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
One of our highlights when visiting London was seeing the Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Museum. It’s really a beautiful place with many great sections of different art to see. There’s a wonderful open air section with a fountain and also a great restaurant. There is also the Crown of Queen Victoria which is a must see!
Written 24 November 2023
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Karen C
Morpeth, UK27 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Gabrielle Chanel exhibition. Enjoyed the exhibition. I went to see the Chanel suits in particular. I was disappointed that the room containing the majority of them was in two tiers. I was unable to see the woven fabrics of those on the upper tier. It was the detail of the weave structure that I wanted to see.
Written 24 November 2023
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MellWard
Tamworth, UK281 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Wow is all you can really say. It’s so large and so impressive. A day here abundantly you wouldn’t see everything
Written 22 November 2023
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didi272
London, UK6 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Visited Diva exhibition at the weekend. Fantastic day out. A history of the term Diva, from its origins to its wider application today. The number of costumes exceeded my expectations and they were displayed so well so you got a really good view from all angles. Each exhibit corresponded to a soundtrack on the headset which really enhanced the experience.
Written 22 November 2023
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Angela D
Huddersfield, UK3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
It was fascinating to see up close the garments - some of which were a 100years old - and all the detailing. They seemed very contemporary. There were some pinch points in the exhibition where there was a lot to read in too small a space. It would have been useful to be able to have an audio guide - which would have helped with this issue. It’s remarkable to see that at such a young age she was so pioneering at a point when women must have encountered many barriers to business success.
Written 21 November 2023
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Julie O
Gold Coast, Australia335 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
This was an awesome collection of pieces from all over the world from the British empire at its finest. Worth a visit. Plenty to see around this area.
Written 21 November 2023
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Dianne T
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Friends
Complete wow factor on the stair case with the gowns and the two tier Chanel suits.
So fascinating to see the exquisite detail in the early garments and the range of garments and items she designed over her life time. Altogether fabulous.

Thank you V & A
Written 20 November 2023
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annebwatt@hotmail.co.uk
London, UK66 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Have recently visited the Coco Chanel exhibition at the V and A- a must see for anyone who is interested in fashion/textiles/ design.
The exhibition is so well set out and, as it's pre-booked, doesn't get too crowded, enabling visitors to take their time.
The clothes and accessories look so timeless; very chic!
Also, the exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the complicated and controversial life of Gabrielle Chanel.
The V and A is one of my favourite museums and really excels itself with exhibitions like this one
Written 20 November 2023
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