Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL
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- Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, History, Shopping
Best for Culture - Expert review of Victoria and Albert Museum
Opened in 1857, this monumental museum is impressive on so many levels. Not only does it exhibit outstanding works of art that span 2,000 years and come from all parts of the the globe, it is also a delight to explore with its grand halls, inventive displays and stimulating juxtapositions. The breadth of its collections, ranging from 2nd century Buddhist sculptures to Nike trainers, is astonishing and includes countless gems - the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, ornately crafted weapons, theatrical costumes, glitzy jewellery, and - a personal favourite - an engrossing jumble of ceramics housed in glass cases that fills most of level 6. What's more, there's a very good restaurant set in vaulted rooms with rich decorations from the 1860s, plus an exceptional gift shop. Don't miss the Cast Courts (level 1, rooms 46a and 46b) and the Norfolk House Music Room (level 2, room 52).
Admission is free, charges apply to some special exhibitions.
More information on Victoria and Albert Museum:
- Price guide:
- Art gallery, Historic site, Museum
- Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL
- 020 7942 2000
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Mon-Thu, Sat, Sun 10am-5.45pm, Fri 10am-10pm.