Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum has the largest collection of decorative arts and design in the world

Inside one of the 145 Galleries of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Inside one of the 145 Galleries of the Victoria and Albert Museum cc licensed photo by gailf548

With a collection exceeding 4.5 million different items, London's Victoria and Albert Museum is unrivalled in its category. In spite of having 145 galleries spread over 51000 square metres, only a portion of the massive collection of fine arts can be displayed at any one time. Items go back as far as 5000 years and cover nearly every medium of art.

Here you will find a vast collection of items including, sculptures, textiles, glass and ceramics, jewellery, silver, iron works, furniture, textiles, costumes, prints, photographs and drawings from every corner of the world.

The Victoria and Albert museum is named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The first building on the site was constructed in 1857. Subsequent expansions and updates have resulted in today's large museum and its variety of architecture. Another feature is a central garden area with a water feature and summertime cafe. Inside there is a cafe offering hot and cold meals that is open year round.

Since this is a public museum, admission to all of the permanent galleries is free, making it a great place to visit even when travelling on a budget.

This museum is located on Exhibition Road adjacent to both the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum, so you may want to consider visiting them while in the area.

To learn more about the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as special exhibitions and hours you can visit their official website linked above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • 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

Address: Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL, UK

Phone: 020 7942 2000

Official Website: Victoria and Albert Museum

Directions

Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
District, Circle and Piccadilly LinesSouth Kensington Station5 MInutes

How to get to Victoria and Albert Museum by Tube

From South Kensington Station exit onto Thurloe Street and walk to your right (east) ½ block to Exhibition Road and follow it north then right on Cromwell Gardens to the entrance on your left side.

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Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5Victoria and Albert Museum Star Rating

5 Star Rating The V&A is a tour de force for what a great museum should be. Not only is it filled with classic art from across the world, albeit many if them replicas, but the temporary exhibitions are constantly of a high standard. The lay out is fantastic, giving each piece space to breath. It's a beautiful building close to the station. Well worth many a visit.

Josh Hart - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating Become a member! This is one of my absolute favourite London museums. It’s a real treasure trove and with such elegant architecture and design, it always feels like such a treat. The paid exhibitions (in particular) are so well curated and always very relevant. I’ve actually spent almost whole days here with my family enjoying the fantastic selection of private collections; if you enjoy textiles and fashion, there really isn’t another museum anywhere near as exciting to visit. It has a lovely walled garden with a small water area which young families enjoy in the summer with ice cream and sandwiches available as well as other hot food areas. Yes it gets busy so come early but it really is a rare gem and a worthwhile experience.

Gigi Grace - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating My first ever visit and I took 30 sixth form design students with me. It was a very useful visit and the shear size and scale of the place is impressive. Excellent textiles exhibits as well as furniture and other design areas. We took loads of photos for research. When we go again next year we'll get students to take sketches books in order to record more of the close up detail of objects like mechanisms. Well worth the trip

Richard Thompson - 8 days ago

4 Star Rating The museum's in London are amazing and are full day experiences just by themselves. The V and A museum has art and design from all corners of the world and is well laid out so that you can find different exhibits easily and they complement each other. The temporary exhibit "censured" was an interesting look at the history of censorship (trust me much more exciting than it sounds). London can be a cultural delight without breaking the bank

Richard Fulford - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating This is the best decorative arts exhibition in the world. You can visit a dozen times and find not just a new delight but a new room full of delights just by turning down a different corridor or going up some stairs. My daughter and I once walked by chance into a fascinating ceramic workshop, having ventured to the top of the staircase on the west wing. There is a lovely courtyard, beyond which is a lovely restaurant with remarkable walls and ceiling. There are engrossing temporary exhibits such as the Alexander McQueen or the Pink Floyd. There are rooms and corridors of sculptures, some monumental, some delicate and small. There are sustained glass, whole church altars and pulpits, costumes. This is by no means an exhaustive list... There is a glass work gallery; Islamic art; jewellery...... There are members areas.... If you visit London you actually must visit this place.

Malcolm Mellon - 1 month ago

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