Discover one of the greatest collection of art and design at the Victoria and Albert Museum while you are in London.
Victoria and Albert Museum acknowledged as the greatest collections of art and design in the world. The museum has a rich collection of artefacts from many of the world’s richest cultures spanning over 3000 years of time.
The museum is in South Kensington and is easy to access from the Piccadilly Line, Circle and District line.
Is Victoria and Albert Museum free?
The Victoria and Albert Museum offers lots of exciting free events and activities for families and a wide range of workshops for young aged kids. Therefore, apart from some exhibitions (you need a ticket to visit), The Victoria and Albert Museum offers free entry to members, under 12 years old and also free entry to up to two carers who are accompanying disable visitors.
It is free to visit excluding some special exhibitions which require admission charges.
The Victoria and Albert Museum offers lots of exciting free events and activities for families and a wide range of workshops for young aged kids.
What can you see in Victoria and Albert Museum?
In fact, there is plenty to see and it will take at least a day visiting the entire museum. Just make sure you arrive early if you want to cover everything. You join the introduction tour which highlighting the British collections. The tour can give more in details explanations of some pieces in the collection before you start your exploration.
When you arrive at Victoria and Albert Museum go straight after entering the building and you will find the famous Raphael Cartoons (1515-16), which created by Raphael, one of the greatest of all Italian Renaissance artists. You find that the works depict scenes from the lives of St. Peter and St. Paul. Originally, these designs created to guide the weavers of the royal family. But now treated as “cartoons” and are among the greatest artistic treasures in Britain.
They were originally owned by the British Royal Family. However, since 1865, they have been on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum. While brooding over the history of cartoons and the relationship between painting and tapestry weaving, you will find yourself lost unconsciously in the arena of arts.
Sculpture galleries will now add further attraction to you where you will discover some fabulous sculpture mostly of West European sculpture dated from the 4th century to the end of the 19th century. Next, you will find the Cast Court.
The cast collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum is an excellent and unique example of the artistic taste of Victorian curators and audiences. It includes the most popular cast of Michelangelo’s sixteenth-century ‘David’. Also, you can find the cast of the first-century-AD Trajan’s Column, and of the spectacular sixteenth-century tomb of St. Sebaldus.
Next, spend some time in the British Galleries to perceive the changes of British art and design from the Tudor monarchs in the 1500s to Queen Victoria in 1901.
You can understand how different styles arose over the times and how the contexts influenced this evolution. There are other galleries which you will find interesting. In the architecture gallery, you can find the models, drawings, samples of materials, as well as photographs of historic buildings.
Also, furniture, jewellery, textile and ceramics collections are another attraction for the visitors.
Evening Events Program
The Victoria and Albert museum arranges evening events program features talks and discussions with leading figures in the worlds of fashion, architecture, and design.
The arrangement of foods and lunches for visitors is also good. The Victoria and Albert museum’s cafe has some delicious lunch offerings, all of which are cheap and reasonably priced.
How long does it take to see the Victoria and Albert Museum?
It all depends on you. You can finish in one hour or spend your entire afternoon to explore the vast collection of arts and design.
The Victoria and Albert Museum opening hours are:
every day 10 am to 5:45 pm, but Fridays some galleries stay open till 10 pm.
Please always check the updated opening hours as closed. The only days that the Victoria and Albert Museum will be closed are 24,25 and 26th of December. You can also contact the museum for advance booking or further information on +44 0800 912.
How to get to the Victoria and Albert Museum?
The nearest London Underground Tub Station to Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington station is on Piccadilly Line, Circle and District Line and is just 5 minutes walk from the museum. Also, the following London Red Bus routes will stop outside Cromwell Road entrance: Bus number 14,74,414 and C1. If you Buy Hop on Hop off Bus tours tickets, don’t worry the Bus tours will take you there.