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“A gift to the nation”

V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum
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Private Walking Tour of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Ranked #4 of 1,694 things to do in London
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

This is one of my favourite museums, both the permanent displays and special events. You can turn up any day and there is always something beautiful to see. Just wondering around the building is great.

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Reviewed 16 June 2014

1) First of all, it is free (as in many museums in UK).
2) It is less crowded compared to places like National gallary which is located in more touristy area, Trafalgar square. Advantages are
- Can enjoy arts at a more leisure pace.
- Less danger from pick pockets. I would say risk is V&A< National Gallary < Louvre (Paris). Of course risk is never zero.
3) Excellent collections of decorative arts and artefacts around the world. This is what V & A is famous for. It is a kind of rubbing in the face of some people whose countries were once colonized by the Brits and valuable items were taken away. E.g. from India. But let's think other way around. If those are still in places like Afgan, they were long gone and destroyed by terrorists/idiots.
4) There are many more apart from decorative arts. Excellent fashion design (only place in museum where latest costume design upstaris are prohibited from photographed). Sculptures, Italian, Greek and rest of Europe paintings, architectures and even interesting "Ironwork" on 3rd floors are under one roof. Roomful of Raphael, wow.
5) Try to take advantage of free guided tour. The lady from the museum will give you excellent overviews and some places you must go with her to appreciate. E.g best way to view costume design is not at wedding dress section but from Ironwork section and it is more realistic like you are at a same distance like in a fashion show.

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Reviewed 16 June 2014

This is my 3rd time in London and the first visit here, I am only sorry I have not visited before, need to allow as much time as you can possibly give yourself as there are so many fantastic exhibits to see and take in.

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Reviewed 16 June 2014

This is a very large museum that houses an interesting collection of items that seem eclectic in nature. It covers a 6 story building plus a basement (although floor 5 seems to be nowhere in sight, probably hidden away for offices of something.)

Each of the exhibit themes are all interesting in their own right – they have fashion / wedding dresses on one floor, ceramics from Europe and china in another, british history in another area, wrought iron work in yet another, furniture in still another area, a sculpture garden and a castings exhibit, an Asian exhibit, an islamiic exhibit plus many others. It has been said (tongue in cheek) that the V & A is a museum that features a whole bunch of stuff that you would find squirrelled away in your parent’s attic. I think that the overall theme might be fashion and design.

You could spend days in the museum if you look at each item carefully. If you are more of a casual viewer, just pretend that you have stumbled upon a large flea market where they have really nice, high quality stuff and have agreat time. There is no entrance fee, just a suggested donation, and they are just by the South Kensington tube stop. So, if you are stuck in an awful conference and have a few hours to kill, this is a great place to sneak away to.

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Reviewed 16 June 2014

Have just returned from visiting the Wedding dress exhibition, so so lovely . Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys looking at beautiful amazing dresses.

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