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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.

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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

Tim Walker: Wonderful Things 
Available now until 8th March 2020

Experience the extraordinary creative process of one of the world's most inventive photographers through his pictures, films, photographic sets, and special installations – including ten new series of photographs influenced by the V&A's collections.

Mary Quant 
Available now until 16th February 2020

From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how designer Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer's personal archive.

Prix Pictet 2019: Hope
Available now until 8th December 2020
Now in its eighth cycle, the theme for 2019's prize is 'Hope'. Revealing how a mood of optimism can drive us towards change, the twelve shortlisted photographers will have their work exhibited at the V&A, and the winner is announced on 13 November.

Rachel Kneebone at the V&A 
Available now until 14th January 2020

Inspired by themes of transformation and renewal, Kneebone's complex porcelain sculptures are born of intense emotions, expressing movement and fluidity in a medium usually associated with stillness and calm.

Cars: Accelerating The Modern World 
Available from 23rd November 2019 until 19th April 2020
Over its short 130-year history, the car has become one of the most loved, contested and influential innovations in the world. It has revolutionised manufacturing, transformed how we move, forever changing our cities, environment and economies.

Filthy Lucre: Whistler's Peacock Room re-imagined
Available from 25th January 2020

This immersive installation by contemporary artist Darren Waterston presents a detailed and decadent interpretation of James Abbott McNeill Whistler's famed Peacock Room, a sumptuous 19th-century interior.

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk 
Available from 29th Feb 2020

This exhibition will present the kimono as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion, revealing the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the garment from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and the rest of the world."

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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

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

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

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

 

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Getting to V&A Museum

Getting to 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)

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