Victoria and Albert Museum, London
At Victoria and Albert Museum, see the world's largest decorative arts and design collection. The museum's 145 galleries span 51,000 sq m (12.5 acres), so you won't be able to see it all in a single visit. Look over a floor plan and decide which rooms interest you the most. You have 5,000 years worth of art to choose from, including ceramics, glass, textiles, ironwork, sculptures, furniture, photographs, and more, from all parts of the world. At 80,000 objects, the ceramics collection is the world's largest and features pieces by famous potters such as William De Morgan and Bernard Leach. In the British galleries, keep an eye out for Henry VIII's writing desk, which dates to 1525. The jewelry collection includes an emerald necklace that Napoleon gave to his adopted daughter, Hortense de Beauharnais, in 1806. Check the schedule of free tours and talks if you want to learn more about specific subjects. Take a look at our London travel itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Victoria and Albert Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Victoria and Albert Museum Tours
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Victoria and Albert Museum Reviews
the V & A has an incredibly collection of museum of decorative arts and design. It is colorful, interesting, and so much to see. Fun for everyone, but young kids may want to shorten their visit! more »
Called in to pass an hour but could have stayed for hours. Some displays a bit dated especially the fashion section. But overall a great museum and very interesting more »
The exhibition was fantastic and so well worth the £20 fee. Beautifully curated and despite being quite crowded, it did not spoil our enjoyment. What a treat! Extraordinary Dior What an amazing experience. Dresses and hats are exquisite. Everything presented in the most dramatic way, as befits the clothes. The final rotating ballroom scene (with seats to rest your weary legs as the exhibition goes past you and constantly changing lighting and background) is dazzling.
A fantastic variety of items and exhibits, thoughtfully and interestingly laid out. Can be a bit confusing finding one's way around, but with every room a wonder in itself and some really outstanding pieces off the main route, it's worth getting a bit lost! A fascinating place to spend a full day if you have the time.
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