One of the world's most famous museums and a London favourite - the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is home to an incredible collection of art and design artefacts.

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s leading museum of art and design. The Museum’s extensive collections - spanning over two thousand years of human creativity from many of the world's richest cultures - include paintings, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, furniture, fashion, textiles, theatre and performance, photography, glass, jewellery and metalwork.

The V&A was also the first museum in the world to provide a public restaurant. The current café is still located in the V&A's original refreshment rooms, the spectacular Morris, Gamble and Poynter Rooms. The Museum also hosts world-class temporary exhibitions and has a varied events programme.

Please note: When there are no paid exhibitions, visitors will instead recieve a free V&A guidebook*
*Not available during exhibition periods

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion (27 May 2017 - 18 February 2018)

Cristóbal Balenciaga is one of the most revered and influential designers of the 20th century. His unique and forward-thinking vision of female beauty, innovative use of textiles and ingenious pattern-cutting, shaped the modernity of 1960s fashion and continues to shape fashion today.

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion is the first ever UK exhibition exploring the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga and his profound and continuing influence on modern fashion. It will be the first of its kind to look at his unique approach to making and will showcase pieces by his protégés and contemporary designers working in the same innovative way today. The exhibition marks the centenary of the opening of Balenciaga’s first fashion house in San Sebastian and the 80th anniversary of the opening of his famous fashion house in Paris.  

Around 100 beautiful garments and 20 hats will be on display, representing the work of Balenciaga and his followers. Sketches, photographs and fabric samples will contextualise the garments and patterns, x-rays, toiles and film will be used to reveal details in the construction and making.

Normal ticket entry price: Adult ticket £12, concessions available

Plywood (15 July - 12 November 2017)

Did you know that plywood is used in almost every apect of industrial, domestic and architectural design? Despite this, it is a material that is little understood and underappreciated. This exhibition will explore the innovative use of plywood, from aircrafts and boats to furniture and graphic design. Highlights will include Charles and Ray Eames' designs for plywood furniture as well as projects such as their 1942 moulded plywood leg splint designed for the US Navy, revolutionary European and American aircraft designs, 1930s surfboards and designs for mass-produced US prefabricated housing.

Supported by the American Friends of the V&A

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics (30 September 2017 - 25 February 2018)

Partnering with the Royal Opera House, this exhibition is a vivid and immersive journey through the world of opera. From its origins in Renaissance Italy to modern day, it will focus on seven opera premieres, seven opening nights in seven distinct cultural landscapes, which culminate in the international explosion of opera in the 20th and 21st century. Explore how the trope of new opera can reflect social, political, economic and artistic themes, and the process of making opera from libretto to score and design to performance. 

Discover the history and heritage of these seven infamous operas and their iconic premiere opening nights: Venice (Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, 1642); London (Handel’s Rinaldo 1711); Vienna (Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, 1786); Milan (Verdi’s Nabucco, 1842); Paris (Wagner’s Tannhäuser, 1861); Dresden (Strauss’ Salome. 1905) and St Petersburg (Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, 1934).

Normal ticket entry price: Adult £19, Child £15

  • Show your valid London Pass at the main Information Desk in the front entrance to gain free entry to selected exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • Offer includes one exhibition ticket per visitor and offer is valid on the day of visit only. Exclusions apply and offer subject to availability.

How to get there:

- South Kensington (Piccadilly, District and Circle Lines)
- Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line)

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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)

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Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL


020 75812159