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Victoria & Albert Museum address and telephone

Address:
Victoria & Albert Museum is located at: Cromwell Road, South Kensington,
London SW7 2RL
England
Telephone:
You can contact Victoria & Albert Museum on Work +44 (0) 207 942 2000
Website:
The Victoria & Albert Museum website can be visited at www.vam.ac.uk

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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 Victoria & Albert Museum South Kensington

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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

Raphael Cartoons at the V&A Museum in London

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.

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.

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.

V&A Museum in London

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.

Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s review of the Victoria & Albert Museum  “I’m sitting here waiting for the Victoria & Albert Museum to open, watching three hundred school kids getting loaded off a coach. They are drowning out the traffic, that is how loud they are. And soon they will be running round the museum like a bunch of nutters. I wish I’d bought my earmuffs with me now. Ah well. You live and learn. It’s certainly a very handsome looking building from the outside. It’s more like a cathedral than a museum. I think I’m starting to turn into Prince Charles. I’m starting to agree with a lot of the stuff he says – that’s a bit worrying. I don’t mean all that baloney about talking to the plants… I don’t have conversations with my plant pots. I’m talking about when he has a moan at architects and wants to run around demolishing all the buildings… continued.”

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If you enjoy the V&A then definitely try the Wallace Collection – their collection is just as eclectic, and the interior is even more beautiful. The Queen’s Gallery is worth a try (but it focuses much more on the art). The best art galleries in London are the National Gallery, Courtauld Gallery and Tate Britain. You can see some more monuments and statues at the British Museum.


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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”
  • 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.”

> Exhibitions at the Victoria & Albert Museum

   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.

   to Victoria & Albert Museum South KensingtonThe 'Shaping Fashion' exhibition will showcase some of the best pieces by Spanish fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga.

   Victoria & Albert Museum South KensingtonJoin TV historian Simon Thurley for a talk about the Tudor monarchs, their palaces and private lives, at the V&A Museum.

   to Victoria & Albert Museum South Kensington'Passion, Power and Politics' explores the history of opera from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy, right up to the present day.

   Victoria & Albert Museum South KensingtonFormer V&A Museum director Roy Strong will be talking to Tristram Hunt about his career and publication of his diaries.

If you enjoy the V&A Museum then you’ll probably enjoy these other London museums as well…

> Queen’s Gallery The Queen’s Gallery near Buckingham Palace houses the Royal Family’s art collection.
> Tate Britain Tate Britain shows British art from the 16th-century onwards. See J W Turner and David Hockney.
> Wallace Collection The Wallace Collection is one of London’s best galleries, with works by Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian.
 

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