Discover one of the greatest collections of art and design at the Victoria and Albert Museum while you are in London.
Victoria and Albert Museum is famous for the collection of art and design in the world. The museum has a rich collection of artefacts. It dates backs to 3000 years. 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 Museum offers a lot of exciting free events and activities for families. It also offers a wide range of workshops for young aged kids. But there are some exhibitions for which you would need the tickets. The museum offers free entry to members, under 12 years old. In fact, it also offers free entry to up to two carers who are accompanying disable visitors.
What can you see at the Victoria and Albert Museum?
In fact, there are many things to see and it will take at least a day to visit the entire museum. Just make sure you arrive early if you want to see everything. You join the introduction tour which highlighting the British collections. The tour can give more explanations of some pieces in the collection before you start your exploration.
When you arrive at the museum, go straight after entering the building. Here you will find the famous Raphael Cartoons (1515-16). This was created by Raphael, one of the greatest of all Italian Renaissance artists.
You can also find that the works show scenes from the lives of St. Peter and St. Paul. Originally, these designs were 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. Yet, since 1865, they have been on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum. Here you’ll see a living art that will lead you back to history.
Sculpture galleries will captivate you. Here you’ll discover some fabulous sculptures. Most of them will be West European sculpture dated from the 4th century to the 19th century. Next, there will be a Cast Court. The cast collection of the Museum is a beautiful example of the artistic tastes of Victorian curators. It comprises the famous cast of Michelangelo’s sixteenth-century ‘David’. Here, you can find the cast of the first-century-AD Trajan’s Column.
When you’ll spend time in the British Galleries, there will be some changes which will entertain you. Such as the changes of British art and design from the Tudor monarchs in the 1500s to Queen Victoria in 1901.
There are some other galleries. You will find them interesting to explore. Such as, 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 visitors.
Evening Events Program
There are some cultural events at the museum. Such a 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 delightful. The 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. As you can finish in one hour or spend your entire afternoon to explore the vast collection of arts and design.
Every day from 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 Museum will be closed are 24,25 and 26th of December. Also, you can contact the museum for booking, or you can collect further information on +44 0800 912.
How to get to the Victoria and Albert Museum?
The nearest London Underground Tub Station to Museum in South Kensington station is on Piccadilly Line, Circle, and District Line. And it’s 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.