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Victoria & Albert Museum London
Cnr Cromwell & Exhibition Roads
South Kensington
London SW7 2RL
TfL Fare Zone 1
 

  

The Victoria & Albert Museum (the V&A) is world famous for its extensive collections of British and International fine arts and design objects. The V&A is spread over seven levels and a number of interconnecting buildings many of which are the original Victorian ironwork and glass structures.
 
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There is a vast number of displays covering ceramics, glass, textiles, dress, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, sculpture, paintings, prints and photographs.
 
Introductory Tours
Unless the visitor has a particular object or display they wish to see it might be worthwhile going on one of the free Introductory Tours offered by the museum - see details below under Free Tours.
 
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A Treasure House of Fine Art
The V&A’s collections cover over 2,000 years of beautiful objects from all over the world. The idea for starting this treasure house of the best in fine art and design came from Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert following the amazing success of the Great Exhibition of 1851.
 
The museum was established in 1852 to make works of art available to all, to educate the working public and to inspire British designers and manufacturers in the art of good design and beauty.
 
The collections expanded to provide the best examples of every sort of decorative object providing us with a fascinating record of social history and taste.
 
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A foretaste of what to expect can be found on the museum’s official website.
 
Plan Your Visit 
Opening Hours
Open every day except 24-26 December
10:00 to 17:45 daily
10:00 to 22:00 Fridays (selected galleries remain open after 18:00.)
Opening hours for the various Study Rooms and Libraries can be found on the museum website.
 
Admission Charge
Free
Special exhibitions and events attract a charge.
 
Free Tours
Run every day and last approximately 1 hour. Meet at the Meeting Point in the Grand Entrance.
 
- The Introductory Tour covers the history of the V&A and a selection of its treasures. Times: 10:30, 12:30, 13:30 and 15:30 hours. For more information go to Web:  V&A Daily Introductory Tour
 
- The British Galleries Tour leaves at 14:30 hours. For more information go to Web:  V&A British Galleries Tour
 
Disabled Access
Fully Accessible. Use Cromwell Road entrance.
South Kensington Underground Station is not wheelchair friendly.
For further information  Tel: +44 (0)2079 422 211  Hours: 09:00-17:30, seven days a week
 
Refreshments
The V&A Café serves hot dishes, salads, sandwiches, pastries, cakes, hot and cold drinks, wine and beer. The cafe opens 10:00-17:15 Monday to Thursdays and from 10:00-21:30 on Fridays.
 
It is located in the original Victorian refreshment rooms in the Morris, Gamble & Poynter Rooms. Packed lunches may be eaten in the garden and the Learning Centre Lunchroom. There is a (tap) water fountain on Level 1 near Stair M.
 
During the summer the Garden Café is open for drinks and snacks from 10:00-17:15 hours. Late opening to 21:30 on Fridays.
 
Contact & Further Information
Other branches of the Victoria & Albert Museum are the V&A Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green.
The V&A Theatre Collection (formerly housed at Covent Garden) is available for research - contact the V&A for details.
Telephone  +44 (0)2079 422 000
 
Getting There
To find the best way for getting to the V&A Museum, visit TfL Journey Planner.
 
- By Underground
South Kensington Station     Piccadilly, Circle and District Lines.
The V&A museum is five minutes’ walk from the station. There is an underground pedestrian tunnel. That tunnel entrance to the V&A is open from 10:00 – 17:40 Saturday to Thursday, and 10:00 – 20:00 on Fridays.
 
- By Bus
Buses: C1, 14, 74 and 414 stop outside the Cromwell Road entrance.
 
- By Open Top Tour Bus
Some of the open top sightseeing buses stop outside the museum. Check with your tour bus website.
 
- By Walking
Only 10 minutes walk from Harrods, Knightsbridge and Hyde Park.
 
- By Car
The Museum is located within the Congestion Charge Zone  Web: TfL Congestion Charge
 
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