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.
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Victoria and Albert Museum Reviews
Take the time to enjoy tea at this space. Again, its London - use the coat check! Lots of options for mementos as there are kiosk stores at the various galleries. Selection varies at each. The... more »
Let me first laud the information desk, whose volunteers are ultra-knowledgable and friendly. The permanent exhibits in this terrific museum are interesting and well organized. Occasional... more »
This was my first visit and will not be my last. Amazing collection, beautifully presented. Easy access from the tube. Great git shop. The current Cars: Accelerating the Modern World exhibition is worth a visit. A little hint of insouciance from some staff, but generally brilliant. Go!
Had a wonderful experience at the V&A. While it was my first visit, I had the opportunity to join a group that had visited the museum before. What a fantastic collection of art, sculptures, and artifacts. The Cars exhibition was also worth the visit as it had a great collection of items related to the history of the change in transportation. I also really enjoyed the story that the exhibition told. Very educational and relevant for today. Great location and love that museums here are free!
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