The Victoria and Albert Museum houses an enormous collection of over 2.3 million objects with a blend of history, art and design. The museum is located in London’s museum district and the extraordinary exhibits covers over 5,000 years of human civilization with artifacts from Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. Highlights include a paintings exhibition with masterpieces by Boticelli, Rembrandt and Raphael, a fashion exhibition with works by Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent and one of the world’s largest collections of post-classical sculpture. With over 145 galleries, visits can range from just a few hours to even a whole day.
What to see at The Victoria and Albert Museum:
Highlights of The Victoria and Albert Museum painting collection include major works by Turner and Constable, as well as the Raphael Cartoons. The exhibition includes works by British and European artists and well as the UK national collection of some 2,000 miniatures.
From its establishment in 1852, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s photographic collection has grown to one of the largest and most significant in the world, housing over 300,000 images, including works by some of the world’s most famous photographers.
Ranging from pre-dynastic Egypt to present day, this collection textiles and fashion include more than 75,000 objects spanning more than 5,000 years.
Discover the drawings of major architects including Christopher Wren, designer of St. Paul’s Cathedral and Norman Foster, designer of London’s Millennium Bridge. In total, the collection houses drawings, manuscripts, and objects relating to interior designs that chart the course of British architecture from the 15th Century until today.
Learn the story of European jewelry from ancient times until today with a collection of over 3,000 impressive items. Highlights include diamonds worn by Catherine the Great of Russia, jeweled pendants given by Elizabeth I to her courtiers and diamond tiaras by Cartier.
The fashion collection spans over 5 centuries and is the largest and most detailed collection of dress in the word. Highlights include 17th-century gowns, 18th-century ‘mantau’ dresses, 1930’s eveningwear, 1960’s daywear and post-war couture.
An impressive display of over 19,000 items from the Middle East and North Africa, dating from the early Islamic period (the 7th century) to the early 20th century
Ways to visit The Victoria and Albert Museum:
Many visitors choose to take a tour or combine a visit to The Victoria and Albert Museum with other nearby attractions. There are several free group walking tours available every day at the grand entrance of the museum. Private walking tours of the museum are also available.
- Daily: 10.00 – 17.45
- Friday: 10.00 – 22.00
N.B. Exhibitions close 15 minutes prior to Museum closing times.
The museum is closed 24, 25 & 26 December.
Admission to the Victoria and Albert Museum is free.
How to get to The Victoria and Albert Museum:
Closest stations: South Kensington Station which runs on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines is 4 minutes from the museum
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The nearest station is Victoria which is 28 minutes away by foot. Alternatively take the underground on the district line to South Kensington Station, which is 4 minutes walk from the museum
Bus numbers 14, 74, 414, C1, N74 and N97 stop outside the museum
Address: Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2RL
Many visitors choose to rent a car in order to easily reach The Victoria and Albert Museum and the surrounding areas.