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

Victoria and Albert Museum Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • 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, London SW7 2RL, UK

Phone: 020 7942 2000

Official Website: Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating I personally liked it more than the British museum. It's got so much to see and something for every interest. Such amazing artworks and artifacts. Not as crowded as the British Museum. Has a beautiful cafe and a good visit to pair with Harrods which is 10 minutes walk away.
Vivian S. - in the last week

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4 Star Rating This museum is amazing! It has a huge collection of artifacts that tell the story of the world's history. It's quite large, so plan on spending at least 5-6 hours to see everything. My kids especially loved exploring the different sections, like the ones on Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Kaushal Kishore - a week ago

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4 Star Rating The museum is fantastic overall. My personal highlight was the intricate miniature structures on the third floor. Visiting on a Sunday, I found the first and second floors bustling with visitors, but the third and fourth floors were pleasantly uncrowded. From jewelry to technological devices, the museum exhibits a diverse array of items from around the globe. I highly recommend paying a visit.
Jacky Chan - a month ago

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3 Star Rating Beautiful interiors. It has much to interest the art enthusiasts. The interiors were breathtaking. The sculptures were in good detail. There are a lot of chinese porcelain pieces with a lot of details. Would recommend buying tickets in advance though the entrance is free
K R Mahalakshmi - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Lovely museum with incredible artifacts. Such nice volunteers leading guided tours. Loved that it was not nearly as crowded as the natural history museum across the street. I’d love to visit again and spend more time. Loved the soap in the gift shop and brought some home with me.
Joanna Monson - 4 weeks ago

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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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