The Victoria and Albert Museum (often abbreviated as the V&A), London, is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The V&A is located in the Brompton district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in an area that has become known as “Albertopolis” because of its association with Prince Albert, the Albert Memorial and the major cultural institutions with which he was associated.
These include the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Royal Albert Hall. The museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Like other national British museums, entrance to the museum has been free since 2001.
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Private Tour: London Walking Tour of Apsley House and the Victoria and Albert Museum
Your tour begins at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London’s Victorian center of art and crafts dedicated to the royal couple. Now a museum of arts from all countries, styles and periods. Apart from the main collection of oil paintings and watercolours (with emphasis on the British ones and a collection of Constable’s oil sketches), sculpture and architectural examples, the museum contains the world’s finest collection of applied arts such as weapons and armours, bronzes and carpets etc. Visit the famous Cartoons for tapestries which Raphael created for Pope Leo X and the recently refurbished Renaissance and Medieval Galleries.
Adult Ticket: Free Entrance (€0.00)
Admission to the museum is free of charge.
For the changing exhibitions an entry fee might be required.
London Underground (The Tube): The V&A is a five minute walk from South Kensington underground station (on the Piccadilly, Circle and District Line). South Kensington is a five minute tube journey from Victoria, ten minutes from Covent Garden and Leicester Square and 15 minutes from King’s Cross St Pancras.
The V&A is a ten minute walk from Knightsbridge underground station (on the Piccadilly Line). Knightsbridge is a ten minute tube journey from Covent Garden and Leicester Square and 15 minutes from Kings Cross St Pancras.
Bus: Buses C1, 14, 74 and 414 stop outside the Cromwell Road entrance. The Open Tour stop outside the Museum as part of their Double Decker Bus sightseeing tour of London.
For up to date travel information visit Travel for London
Transport for London: bus routes
The V&A is a couple of minutes ride via Exhibition Road from the cycle paths in Hyde Park. Cycle parking is available at Cromwell Gardens immediately to the right of the Grand Entrance. In the Museum there is also a cloakroom for your cycle gear. Find out more from Transport for London
Road Cromwell Road is the main A4 route into London from the West.
The Museum has a wide range of services for disabled visitors. For further details visit the Disability section.
You can also call +44 (0)20 7942 2211, 9.00-17.30, seven days a week or textphone +44 (0)20 7942 2002.
Group visitsThe V&A has a wide range of services for all types of group to ensure that your needs are met and your visit is as enjoyable and hassle free as possible.
The V&A has extensive facilities for families
Family eating and drinking
The main Café, open 10.00-17.15, and 10.00-21.30 on Fridays, is great for children, with a wide range of food for all tastes.
The Garden Café is also open during the summer for drinks and snacks 10.00-17.15 and is open 10.00-21.30 on Fridays.
High chairs are provided in the main café. Main meals are half-price for children under 10.
There is also a water fountain next to the telephones on Level 1 by Stair M.
For more information about places to eat at the V&A visit Eating & Drinking .
Nearly all toilets have baby change facilities – look for the baby change symbol on the Museum map.
The V&A is spread over seven levels and a number of interconnecting buildings. The Museum map shows which routes are non-accessible for pushchairs due to steps, but please ask a member of staff if you need help at any time.
The V&A is available for daytime and evening corporate events. For further details see the venue hire section or call.
There are cloakrooms at the Grand Entrance on Level 1 and near the Tunnel Entrance on Level 0. The cloakrooms are for coats, umbrellas and bags and have limited capacity. Bags larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22ins x 18ins x 10ins) is the maximum size of airline carry-on luggage, will not be accepted. We also cannot accept large suitcases, prams, trolleys, bikes (folding or otherwise) or perishable food.
10.00 to 17.45 daily
10.00 to 22.00 Fridays (selected galleries remain open after 18.00)
Closing commences 10 minutes before time stated
Closed 24, 25 and 26 December
The tunnel entrance to the V&A is open from 10.00 – 17.40 Saturday to Thursday and 10.00 – 20.00 on Fridays but may be closed on occasion on the advice of London Underground.
The National Art Library
Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 – 17.30
Friday 10.00 – 18.30
Please go to the National Art Library pages for full details of opening times and closures.
The Prints & Drawings study room and the RIBA Architecture study roomsTuesday to Saturday 10.00 – 17.00
Indian & South-East Asian study roomAvailable by appointment only, from Tuesday to Thursday inclusive.
Please go to the Study Rooms page for more information.
Archive and Library Study Room, Blythe HouseThe Archive and Library Study Room at Blythe House serves the Archive of Art and Design, the V&A Archive, the V&A Theatre and Performance Collections and the Beatrix Potter Collections.
Available by appointment only, Tuesday to Friday 10.00 – 16.30 (Theatre & Performance Collections from 10.15).
Clothworkers’ Centre for Textiles and Fashion Study and Conservation (located at Blythe House, Olympia)Tuesday to Friday between 10.00 and 13.00 and 14.00 and 16.30. The Study Centre is open by appointment. There is no charge but it is essential to book.
It is closed on public holidays and throughout August for the annual audit.
The Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion is located at Blythe House, at Olympia in West London.