Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum
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Victoria & Albert Museum address and telephone

Victoria & Albert Museum is located at: Cromwell Road, South Kensington,
London SW7 2RL
You can contact Victoria & Albert Museum on Work +44 (0) 207 942 2000
The Victoria & Albert Museum website can be visited at

Victoria & Albert Museum opening times and ticket price

Opening hours:
Victoria & Albert Museum is open to the public from: 10 AM to 5.45 PM (Sat-Thu); 10 AM to 10 PM (Fri)
Visiting hours are subject to change, and may not apply on public holidays. Always reconfirm whether it’s open to visitors before making plans to visit Victoria & Albert Museum
Time required:
A typical visit to Victoria & Albert Museum lasts 2-3 hours (approx)
Ticket cost:
The entry price for Victoria & Albert Museum is: Adults free entry

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The Victoria & Albert Museum – also known as the V&A – is London’s museum of art and design.

It was established in 1852 using profits from the Great Exhibition. It combined all the work from the old School of Design and Museum of Manufactures, and lumped it into the big Brompton Boilers building.

By the turn of the century the eclectic collection had grown so large and cumbersome that a better building was commissioned by Queen Victoria.

Medieval Treasury, and Cast Room

The highlight in the Medieval Treasury is the Becket Casket. This was created by the Limoges Enamellers in 1180 and depicts the death of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral. It comes complete with a scrap of blood-stained cloth – supposedly worn by Becket himself at the moment of death.

The Raphael Cartoons were commissioned by Pope Leo X in 1515, in preparation for the tapestries that hang upon the Sistine Chapel. They were purchased by the future Charles I in 1623.

The Cast Rooms are particularly impressive – two-stories high and filled with reproductions of every famous statue known to man. All of the casts are life-size and look identical to the originals.

Highlights include the Trajan’s Column in Rome, the Portico de la Gloria, from Santiago de Compostela, and Michelangelo’s David. Also on display is the world-famous Three Graces, by Antonio Canova.

Indian and Asian art

The Nehru Gallery of Indian Art has everything from fine Asian paintings and white jade cups, to 17th-century thumb rings from Shah Jehan (builder of the Taj Mahal). There is also the world-famous Tipoo Tiger – also known as the Tiger of Mysore. This life-size sculpture of a tiger eating a man comes complete with growls and screams from a hidden music box.

There is also a 9-foot porcelain model of a Chinese pagoda – only one of ten that have survived to the modern day.

All of the Indian art at the V&A comes from the old Indian Museum in Exhibition Road. This was demolished in 1956 and spread amongst the institutions.

Dress Collection, and British art

The Victoria and Albert Museum has a fine collection of British art from Gainsborough, Constable and J W Turner, to Landseer, Etty and Reynolds.

The Dress Collection traces the entire history of fashion from our distant forbears to modern-day flares. You can see Elizabethan ball-gowns and Victorian skirts, to flower-power hippy gear straight from the sixties. Clothes plucked from the catwalks in Milan stand side-by-side with royal robes from the 18th-century.

Fashion designers from the past and present all get a look-in – from post-war Dior, to Versace and Chanel.

  •  ivvey2010 – “I went recently to see the grace kelly exhibition and found this to be absolutely stunning. My ticket was a timed one which I did on the internet earlier that day. I went on a Sunday - it was still pretty busy but nevertheless as I had my time to go into see the items, this wasnt a problem. I just marvelled at how beautifully preserved these items were, and some were particuarly poignant. She was a gorgeous glamorous and humane woman, who found her prince and married him - in real life! The video of their engagement and Wedding is lovely to watch. I definitely recommend this if you are a fan of hers. Other than this I have been to see the fashion installations, showing dress through the ages - again really well done with lots of space around and mirrors so you can see all angles of the costumes. The 70s and 80s are still cringeworthy!. I went up to see the gems collection too - being a bit of a magpie - it was”
  • SarahCroft – “The cast room is fantastic, and worth a visit on its own. It is full of life-size replicas of famous statues and buildings. The ones that I especially remember are the gigantic trajan's column, which has a spiral pattern of carvings all around it, and an incredible replica of the front of an italian church, whose name I can't remember. It is impossible to believe that it is not the real thing, as it is perfectly coloured to match how it really looks in real life. Hundreds of people must have worked on them with plaster casts and rubbings, just so they can recreate it back in england. It makes you wonder how they even got permission to do it, given their colossal size.”

> Events at Victoria & Albert Museum

   to Victoria & Albert Museum South KensingtonThe Victoria & Albert Museum's 'Undressed' exhibition will explore the history of underwear from the 18th-century to today.

   to Victoria & Albert Museum South KensingtonThe Victoria & Albert Museum's new exhibition will explore the cultural and political revolutions at the tail end of the 1960s.

   to Victoria & Albert Museum South Kensington'Their Mortal Remains' is a huge new exhibition at the V&A about one of the most influential bands in rock: Pink Floyd.

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