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V&A Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s leading museum of art and design. It is home to an incredible collection of art and design artefacts.


The London Pass The Museum’s extensive collections span over two thousand years across many of the world's richest cultures.

The V&A (the Victoria and Albert) museum is the world's leading museum dedicated to art, design and performance. It houses over 2 million objects that span over 5000 years of human history.

Access the V&A Museum

- Pay nothing at the door, simply show your pass.
- View over 2 million art and design artefacts, showcasing thousands of years of human creativity and ingenuity.
- The pass grants you access to any current exhibitions, tours, and lectures included with general museum admission.

Pass Perk

Attractions where public entry is free, have added benefits for London Pass holders. Enjoy access to paid exhibitions without further payment. When no paid exhibitions are on, show your pass to receive a free guidebook.

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- The V & A Museum history

The V & A Museum highlights

- The V & A Museum facts

- Current exhibitions

- Know before you go

- Make the most of your London Pass

- How to get there

The V & A Museum history

The V & A Museum officially opened on 20th June 1857, presided by namesake Queen Victoria. Initially conceived as a practical collection, instead of 'art' that was reserved for the likes of the National Gallery, it was the museum's first 'Keeper of Fine Art' George Wallis who believed the collection could serve a wider purpose.

Queen Victoria would later lay the iconic Foundation Stone in 1899. It was the last official public appearance she made before her death in 1901. The Aston Webb building, where the Foundation Stone lies, was opened by King Edward VII in 1909. The Science Museum was later built to house some of the technology held in the V & A. After the beginning of the Second World War, much of the museum's collection was sent to more protected areas outside Central London, due to the blitz.

In the 1970s, the V & A became the first museum to host a rock concert, when British band Gryphon played.

Today, the Museum holds some of the UK's greatest collections of architecture, fashion, sculpture, painting, and ceramics, among many others.

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The V & A Museum highlights

  • Explore a wealth of art and design artefacts from 5000 years of human.

  • Over 2 million artefacts from cultures and artists around the world, including clothing, pottery, sculpture, painting, and the technology used to create these throughout the ages.

  • Discover cultural exhibitions and exclusive showcases on a variety of different subjects and themes.

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The V & A Museum facts

When it was established in 1857 the Museum was called the South Kensington Museum. It was renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1899 when Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of new buildings along Exhibition Road and Cromwell Road.

The South Kensington Museum was the first museum in the world to provide a public restaurant.

Queen Victoria really wanted to call the V&A the 'Albert Museum'

A new underground station was opened very close to the Museum in 1904 called Brompton Road. It was judged to be uneconomical and was closed in 1934.

The inscription over the main entrance of the Museum reads 'The excellence of every art must consist in the complete accomplishment of its purpose', and is a quotation from the artist Sir Joshua Reynolds.

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Current exhibitions

Bags: Inside Out (until 31 Jan 2021)
From rucksacks to despatch boxes, Birkin bags to Louis Vuitton luggage, Bags: Inside Out explores the style, function, design, and craftsmanship of the ultimate accessory.

For full details about the paid exhibitions at the V&A, please click here.
If there is no paid exhibition, pass customers are entitled to a souvenir guidebook without further payment.

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Know before you go

- While many exhibits are free, some do require a ticket to enter. Check online to find prices and book here.

- Food and drinks are available on-site at the Garden and Courtyard cafes. The Garden Cafe only opens in December through January depending on the weather. A wide selection of food and drink is on offer, including coffee, tea, wine, pastries, sandwiches and hot meals. Everything is freshly prepared on-site.

- Cloakrooms can be found in the Grand Entrance and Exhibition Road Quarter. All large bags and wheeled cases must be checked in.

- All V &A Museum galleries are fully accessible and have a wide range of services for disabled visitors. Assistance dogs are welcome.

- Wheelchairs, walking frames, sound enhancement equipment for guided tours, large print maps and a full access guide to the Museum are available from the information desk in the Grand Entrance.

- Toilets, accessible toilets, and baby-changing facilities are on site.

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Getting in

Simply show your pass at the reception desk.

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Make the most of your London Pass.

The V & A Museum is a short walk from The Royal Albert Hall and the Science Museum. Both are included in The London Pass®.

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How to get there

- South Kensington - Picadilly, Circle & District
- Gloucester Road - Picadilly, Circle & District
- Knightsbridge - Picadilly

- 14, 74, 414, C1, N74, N97

Visit the V & A Museum website for more travel information.


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Visiting V&A Museum

Visiting V&A Museum

  • V&A Museum Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
  • Closest Underground Station Gloucester Road

Opening Times

Monday 10.00 - 17.45 (Café until 17.15)
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.45 (Café until 17.15)
Wednesday 10.00 - 17.45 (Café until 17.15)
Thursday 10.00 - 17.45 (Café until 17.15)
Friday 10.00 - 22.00 (Café until 21.30)
Saturday 10.00 - 17.45 (Café until 17.15)
Sunday 10.00 - 17.45 (Café until 17.15)

Attractions Nearby

  • Royal Albert Hall Tour

    Royal Albert Hall TourPrice without pass £15 Included with The London Pass®

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  • Science Museum IMAX

    Science Museum IMAXPrice without pass £11 Included with The London Pass®

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