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

Official Website: Victoria and Albert Museum

Fee: No

Closed Now

Regular Hours:

  • Monday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Category: Art Museums

Address: Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 20 7942 2000

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5 Star Rating I'm surprised with myself after all of my visits under the blue and yellow glass balloons that I haven't written a review for the V&A before. Straight... Read More

Hannah M. Aug-11-2019

5 Star Rating The V&A is still somewhat "under the radar" so, unlike the British Museum, it doesn't get overcrowded (despite the FREE admission!) The jewelry room is... Read More

Matthew G. Jul-29-2019

4 Star Rating I sort of added this to the itinerary last minute. It wasn't something I felt needed to be seen like, say, Buckingham Palace and I also didn't know much... Read More

Christine S. Jul-24-2019

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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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