Visit the Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum map
Address:
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 2RL
Tel:
Work 0207 942 2000
Web:
vam.ac.uk

Opening times and price

Opening hours:
10 AM to 5.45 PM (Sat-Thu); 10 AM to 10 PM (Fri)
Visiting hours are subject to change
Ticket cost:
Adults free entry
Time required:
A typical visit to Victoria & Albert Museum lasts 2-3 hours (approx)

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Craig recommends… Here’s my latest Victoria & Albert Museum review. If you enjoy the V&A then definitely try the Wallace Collection because their collection is just as eclectic. The Queen’s Gallery is worth a try (but it focuses much more on the art). The best art galleries for classical art are the National Gallery, Courtauld Gallery and Tate Britain.

The V&A is No.3 in our Top 10 list of museums, No.5 in the Top 10 most visited attractions and No.5 in the Top 10 art galleries.

Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum (also known as the V&A) was established in 1852 as the country’s leading museum of art and design.

It gathered together all of the works inside the old School of Design and Museum of Manufactures, and transferred them to big Brompton Boilers building.

V&A inner courtyard

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

Medieval Treasury

One of the many highlights 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. You can even see a piece of blood-stained cloth – supposedly worn by Becket himself.

Cast Room at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Cast Room and Trajan’s Column

The famous Cast Room contains plaster and concrete reproductions of many of the world’s best known statues and monuments.

Highlights include the Trajan’s Column from Rome, the Portico de la Gloria from Santiago de Compostela, Michelangelo’s David, and the beautiful Three Graces by Antonio Canova.

V&A’s art collection

The pride of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s art collection are the Raphael Cartoons. These were commissioned by Pope Leo X in 1515 as preparatory studies for the tapestries inside the Sistine Chapel. They were then purchased by the future Charles I in 1623.

Raphael Cartoons at the V&A Museum in London

The V&A also has a fine collection of British art that rivals the artworks in Tate Britain. They have a gallery full of Gainsboroughs, Constables and J W Turners, plus works by Landseer, Etty and Reynolds.

The Nehru Gallery of Indian Art contains everything from fine Asian paintings and white jade cups, to 17th-century thumb rings from Shah Jehan (the builder of the Taj Mahal). You can also see the intriguing Tipoo Tiger. This life-size sculpture of a tiger eating a man comes complete with a hidden music box which plays the gruesome growls and screams of the victim.

V&A Museum in London

Another highlight is a nine-foot porcelain model of a Chinese pagoda – one of only ten such models to have survived to the present day.

Dress Collection

The Dress Collection traces the history of fashion from our distant forbears, to modern-day flares. You can see everything from Elizabethan ball-gowns and Victorian skirts, to flower-power hippy gear straight from the 1960s. Clothes from the catwalks of Paris and Milan are shown side-by-side with British royal robes from the 18th-century.

 
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  •  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 just wonderful to see such ancient yet wearable jewellry, diamonds an”
  • 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.”

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If you enjoy this then try: Geffrye Museum (catch the tube from South Kensington to Geffrye Museum); Queen’s Gallery (walk it in 28 mins or catch a train from South Kensington to Queen’s Gallery); Tate Britain (catch the tube from South Kensington to Tate Britain) and Wallace Collection (catch the tube from South Kensington to Wallace Collection).

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