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

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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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Rated 4.7 out of 5Victoria and Albert Museum Star Rating

5 Star Rating Always great to pop in and see something different in the museum. We love wandering around and it's so near the Science and the NHM so easy to have a museum day and just enjoy some of each. We loved the dresses in the fashion display today and the kids popped into a few different galleries. They loved the glass in the gallery at the top and enjoyed walking over the internal bridge. Easy to have a short or a longer visit and still find something of interest. We will be back again soon.

Maryse Dare - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating This is one of four main museums in London and it's definitely worth a visit. Plus you can go shopping after in the very exclusive shopping district. Museums are free in England. Any additional shows or displays are completely optional. Enjoy....Do you need a guide in real life, interested in discounts ,travel, tickets, eating 2for1 offers hire me..

Rhino U.K. - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating World class museum. We had a wonderful family day here. It’s absolutely huge and there’s now way you’d see even 1% in an entire day. Good infrastructure and facilities. Pleases to sit and drink and eat too.

Hendrik Mans - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating Had a brilliant time visiting the V&A in London. So much to see, learn and admire. Architecturally the place is stunning! I just wish I had more time to spend there and a camera to show it off. It's free to get in so a great way to spend without forking out. There is some exhibitions you need to pay for, but that's entirely your choice. Highly recommend to make the V&A a part of your stay in London

Alan Hill - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating One of the world's great museums, with gorgeous, carefully curated spaces and special exhibitions. The permanent fashion and architectural exhibits are consistently delightful, including the popular cast courts, not to mention free. The special exhibitions are pricey but often worth the ticket price if it's an area of personal interest, the recent "Fashioned from Nature" exhibition being a case in point. Overall a gorgeous space with varied displays that are worth repeat visits.

Natalie Golding - 1 month ago


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