Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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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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  • On London 2 for 1 via the train ticket offer. Might have felt a bit shortchanged if had paid full price but given that we like large ships and style it was an excellent hour and a bit. Did not get far...  more »
  • This is a FABULOUS museum, which we weren't going to visit, but I am so glad we did! It is beyond words. I suggest google-ing for a comprehensive review. I feel this is a can't miss attraction! Easy t...  more »
  • Fabulous jewelry collection, furnishings, art works, etc. The building itself is worth the trip! Although the V&A is free, there are paid temporary special interest exhibits too. Lots to see and enjoy...  more »
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  • By far and away the best of the London museums. There is so much to discover and the galleries are beautifully presented. The casts particularly are amazing, with Michael Angelo's David taking centre stage. Nerdy me but particularly enjoy taking in the doors and locks display. Wonderful space, architecturally hugely significant. A jewel.
  • Nice if you are looking for classical marble statues and artwork but as it happens I was not. I actually only went in there as a favour for a friend who wanted a specific thing from the gift shop which I was able to purchase. There is a lovely courtyard with a shallow pool which was filled with children in this hot day. The staff didn't seem to mind. More seating would have been nice I suppose but lovely all the same.
  • Beautiful and free museum. You can easily spend all day inside of it. It is great to walk around the halls. The staff is very nice and very informative with any question you may have. I would go back in an instant! I would recommend to go in and walk into the information center and get a map, otherwise it can be very daunting.
  • This is one of my all-time favourite museums. It's much bigger than you expect and the collections are enormous and varied. While it can take some time to get your bearings, the exhibits are well set out and things are generally grouped together sensibly. The exhibitions are usually excellent and good value for money.
  • If you need to choose only one museum to visit in London, this should definitely be V&A (yes, not even the British museum!). Everyone can find there something of interest and you can easily spend a full day there exploring without noticing how the times passed by. If it's your first time in the museum, I'd advise to take a free one hour introductory tour (daily at 10.30, 12.30, 13.30 and 15.30) which will introduce you a selection from the Museum's outstanding collections, after this tour you will have better understanding which part of its vast collection you'd want to explore more. Free activities for children are available every day and special workshops run during school holidays. Galleries are fully accessible. The building itself and the central court are beautiful (and beautifully lit in the evening). You should also not miss their Main CafĂ©, the world's oldest museum restaurant with its charming Victorian era design.
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