100 reviews between Jan 05, 2020 and Oct 03, 2023.
The V&A Museum in London offers a diverse range of exhibits, including fashion, music, architecture, and history. Visitors praised the outstanding displays and curated exhibitions. However, some mentioned overcrowding and limited access due to COVID restrictions. The museum's free admission and stunning architecture were highly recommended. Specific exhibitions, such as Diva and Kimono, received positive reviews for their informative and visually stunning displays. The V&A is considered one of the best museums globally, housing international artifacts and providing a comprehensive history lesson.V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum
100 reviews between Jan 05, 2020 and Oct 03, 2023.
In all the years we've been visiting London the V&A Museum has never figured on our itinerary. We've always gone to The Natural History Museum which is just across the way, and, having a background and interest in Earth Sciences and Palaeontology, made dinosaurs and ancient life a massive draw for me.However, on a recent trip to London, we planned to go to The V&A after seeing friends post photos on social media, and, well, social media is awash with people clamouring for the Chanel tote bag that is forever sold out, and my better half wanted in.We arrived bright and early to a long(ish) queue, however, we met a lovely couple from Pennsylvania whilst waiting who were making The V&A their last big venue visit before their flight that day. Anyway, once through the door we were greeted by cheery security, and, well, immediately we were struck by how grand the entrance/main hall was.Straight away my wife made a beeline to shop staff to enquire about this Chanel tote bag (Chanel merch being on offer thanks to the Chanel exhibit on show - for those who can look beyond the Nazi connection). However, it was sold out and staff had no idea when more were coming, if at all. In fact throughout the day, and dotting in and out of the gift shops, we show countless people asking staff about these bags, and one member of staff was visibly getting more and more exasperated and highly annoyed. Honestly, I think she needs a different job if this was her attitude...Anyway, the museum is nothing short of amazing, and I cannot believe this was my first time there. Is it packed with artefacts from across the world (sadly, some probably acquired through underhanded means like The British Museum...), one of the best pieces was Michelangelo's David (replica), I had no idea it was so big - settle down you lot, I meant the height of the statue. Another artefact that stuck in the mind was a giant carpet in the Islamic section encased in case, on which they turn on subdued lights every 30 minutes for 10 minutes in order to preserve it.There are some incredible, ancient, pieces in there, and it was a joy to walk around. There was also a nice section for movies and the stage with costumes and props from The Lion King, Frozen, Edward Scissorhands, Star Wars, and Charlie Chaplin's suit.The Chanel exhibit is an additional cost, but tickets seem to be eternally sold out too, however, there is more than enough other and better things going on to keep you occupied.During our visit we stopped by the Gamble Room for some food and drink. This is one amazing looking venue to have a spot of lunch in, as is the John Madejski Garden, but this was full of people doing TikTok dance videos, which was mildly annoying, but they aren't hurting anyone in the end.The V&A is a fantastic museum and I wished I had visited sooner. I'll be back next time I'm in London.
Went to diva exhibition haven’t been there for years and was blown away how beautiful this place is so lovely diva was brill and audio commentary which was complimentary was essential will def be back as there’s so much amazing art etc to discover and also lovely food in cafes and outside spaces 5 stars
I am a huge fan of the V&A and when I lived in London used it at least twice a week. The building has so much to offer and even if I had the rest of my life I still wouldn’t see everything in the musuem.The exhibitions are legendary and I have seen them all. Yesterday we my first visit to the Chanel show and it was outstanding. Didn’t have enough time to see it all so going back next week to go round at a slower pace to see all the amazing clothes and see how Gabrielle Chanel made her life in design. The building is outstanding and has a wonderful cafe, garden. The gift shop is one of the best that I have seen in a museum around the world and has so much to offer from in expensive items to beautiful unique pieces of jewellery and clothing. To miss this when visiting London would be a shame.
After an amazing Chanel exhibition, my friend and I decided to have a cup of tea and a cake. We were sitting in one of the amazing room by the entrance when a member of the staff passed our table with the rubbish bin in her hands . She emptied the bin not far from our table and went back to her station which was a cash desk. I followed the lady as I was aghast that she a) did not wear gloves and b)she was holding the bin on the way to be emptied and on the way back way above our table and God only know what kind of nasty particles have been released in the air. I observed her her at her work and when I sow that she was handling the clients money and handing the cutlery to to the customers I went to her and told her what I just seen and asked her to find the floor manager. After a considerable time someone did come and after my story he/she told me it will be sorted. I AM TOTALY AGAHST AND FILLED WITH HORROR that in an establishment like V&A basic hygiene is not observed or implemented, needless to say I will never ever eat in V&A.
I visited the V&A primarily to see the DIVA exhibition. WOW! A truly spectacular exhibition!You are given headsets so you can listen to the Divas as you pass their costumes. The lower level features the history of Divas and the Divas of the past, from opera stars to movie stars. Upstairs is devoted to contemporary Divas, including a few male Divas such as Elton John and Freddie Mercury. The costumes and accessories were amazing and the variety of artists featured means that there is something for everyone. I highly recommend this exhibition.
What a great exhibition. We were there for two hours completely bowled over. Chanel what a designer and still worn today. The clothes are a work of art. Don’t miss it.
The exhibition was breathtaking. I wish I had booked for a second visit it's was hard to take it all in. The exhibits were beautifully displayed and a great deal of thought and expertise has gone into it. Thank you so much. A once in a lifetime experience.
This week is London Design Festival week in Brompton area and the opening week of Coco Chanel at the V&A: it made South Kensington super buzzy yesterday with young professionals, fashion enthusiasts, families and tourists. Lovely to see visitors to the Chanel exhibition were making a special effort to look good too. I particularly enjoyed the history lessons embedded into the Chanel exhibition - photos and letters illuminate her complex life. She was practical too - a photo in men's tweeds for a moorland walk describes well her take on how to dress.Beware if you plan to eat at the V&A - there was a long queue at lunch time - but the wines are worth the wait.
This exhibition was exactly what it purports to be, an exhibition showing stage costumes. It was poorly signposted and we spent a good half hour looking at Georgian clothing before realising they weren’t part of the exhibition. When we got to the entrance, we were sent back to check in and collect headphones. These, by the way, were not well adapted to heads! Even adjusting them made no difference. Inside, finally, and it was unclear which direction to follow. You could argue that leads to flexibility, but in fact it seemed to cause more chaos as visitors moved backwards, forwards and sideways in their attempts to find a way round. What I took away from it all is that stage costumes can look amazing on stage, but less so in real life. Would I recommend this exhibition? Definitely not.
Saw the Diva exhibitions awesome. Very beautiful outfits and some clever music makes this a must see for ant music or film fam
Really surprised by the choice of exhibits - not many stunning outfits, all seemed very 'early Chanel' and only 3 Handbags on show (all the same in diff colours) not many rooms to see. I have to say the Dior show in comparison was stunning! Also because most Chanel exhibits behind glass, photos were full of reflections. Still glad I went, but not as amazing as I'd hoped it would be ...
great museum, and it was way bigger than i expected. be prepared to spend at least 3-4hours there if you want to see every single thing. i think there are some interesting sections but there are also some boring sections. if you have limited time, you might have to pick and choose what are the ones you really wanna see.
Went to see Diva exhibition, which was superb. The museum's other exhibits 1st class.Had afternoon tea in the Members Lounge, very good and reasonably priced.
This museum is by far one of my favorite's to visit in London. It is directly across the road from the National Science Museum, so its great to visit there as well. The grounds and just having some tea as well is a must! Very nice place to spend a nice afternoon and a wealth of history and artefacts.
Don't skip this one! It was out favorite museum in London. The kids loved it, and there were no crowds. We even came back on Friday night when they are open late in the summer and it was like we had the museum privately to ourselves.
Have visited so many times, my favourite London Museum. Today, I visited Diva Exhibition featuring some of the most famous female performing artists since 18th century. Starts on ground floor with early Opera in 1800s, silent films, early days of Hollywood, 1st floor has recent celebrities. The staff are very warm, I lost my specs, and the Steward, called Robson in Diva section 1st floor came running to me, and helped me instantly. Highly recommend a visit.
Simply excellent in all respectsWell put together, interesting etc etc.(50% of with Art Fund !)
Great museum, and free! Lots to see, we were there, 3 hours or so. I loved the Japanese section with the inros and netsukes, but it was all very impressive. There is a small cafe and another place to eat, we didn't try it. There are bathrooms(only 6 stalls-so there's a wait for the ladies). Lots of sculptures, ironwork, silver, jewelry, ceramics, glass(love the really old stuff!), tapestries and fabrics, which I haven't seen a lot of elsewhere. Lots of religious art, of course, but that's to be expected. We enjoyed it very much.
We had a lovely time looking round the V&A, the highlight was Isabella talking to us about the architecture of the building and the construction process... no mean feat!
We had a lovely time looking round the V&A, the highlight was Isabella talking to us about the architecture of the building and the construction process... no mean feat!
Went for the Diva special exhibition and it was hotter than a two dollar pistol in there, bring water and a hand fan because dang! Great exhibit, lovely museum but def stifling if the weather is nice.
Love it here. The whole place encapsulates all that is good about Britain. Real history lesson to be had by all
For this visit, we explored the ceramics and pottery exhibits on the 4th floor. There was so much to see and admire! The range of objects displayed was extraordinary. The text explanations were fascinating and thought-provoking. My favorite display case was 'Breaks and Repairs". So much to consider, specific to pottery and more meta. Even though the lower floors of the museum were very crowded, there were very few people in these halls. What a lovely, peaceful, interesting time, well spent.Re-imaging Musicals on the 2nd floor was also terrific and so much fun to explore.My favorite museum in the whole world...
We went to see the Diva exhibition and it was superb. It tells the story of women (mostly - Elton John, Freddie Mercury and Prince sneak in) who have been music or, in some cases, film Divas (in the true sense of the word). It starts with the opera singers of the late 1800s, then the music hall, then black and white film (Greta Garbo type era) and back to music up until the present day. But underlying all that is the continual struggle for women’s, gay and black rights in these professions. In addition the lavish clothing is amazing and, in my late 60s, I found much of it nostalgic having grown up with so many of these icons. Well worth seeing.
We visited the Diva exhibition which although it was a ticked event it was so busy that you couldn’t get near the exhibits to read or see the items. This does discourage me to visit again
THANK YOU to this museum for including a wide variety of people in the show, we absolutely loved it and want to come again. My kids even had a go at re-creating some of the outfits and we talked about it a lot on the way home. Brilliant!
Beautiful building full of amazing art with so much history and selection for all agesThere are sometimes special payable exhibitions on but in general it’s free to walk round and absorb everything The gardens are beautifully maintained and nice to sit in and enjoy
Our party-of-5 (4 adults & one teen) met up at V&A South Kensington on a Sunday mid-morning. Four of us had never visited the museum, and it had been a few decades for the fifth. The museum spaces are pleasantly lit & simply laid out & spacious, putting the focus on the art & history of the exhibit The wide variety of exhibits was impressive without being overwhelming, and each of us found a favorite gallery: South Asia, Medieval & Renaissance, Tapestry, Modern Design, and Fashion.After about 90 minutes of viewing the exhibits on the Ground Floor through the 2nd Floor, we ate lunch in the main café (pricey but a good variety of food & drinks and attentive service). We ended our visit with a brief stop in the The John Madejski Garden, where adults and children were cooling off by wading in the central elliptical pool. The Garden is a refreshing counterpoint to the more serious content of the surrounding galleries; but be sure to look for the unique architectural treatments on each facing building. It is a museum, after all.
The way the V&A displays art and design is a sight to behold. How art is displayed is sometimes just as important as the art itself and the V&A is very accomplished in this regard. As a family with a teenage daughter who is an aspiring architect we were keen to see the architecture exhibition on the 3rd floor. It was one of the main reasons for visiting (more on that in a moment). We went on a Friday when the museum is open till 10pm. With this in mind, we took our time after arriving about 5pm. We had something to eat in the garden cafe which is a wonderful setting although hot food was not available at this time. The museum seems to have missed this opportunity as only cold foods were available. We settled for salad and sandwiches.My daughter was keen to explore the exhibits from the Middle East, Japan and China and thisdn’t disappoint. Some of the exhibits are achingly beautiful and shows that art and design up to 2,000 years old have the power to amaze.About 6pm, we made our way to architecture on the third floor only to find it was closed. This was hugely disappointing. The museum makes the point on its website that it has some of the world’s best architecture collections. I went down to the information desk at the entrance to ask why it was closed only to be told it’s always been that way at this time. The website does say some exhibits are closed after a certain time but doesn’t say which ones. There are staircases at each end of the museum leading to the same floors. We decided to look at photography instead but this was also closed but only at one end of the museum. The museum is such a labyrinth that for a newcomer unless you know where you’re going you wouldn’t know the floor was open unless you went to the other end of the museum.So there you have it. A brilliant museum but it sometimes fails to tell the whole story.
Amazing place to visit as couples or discover a few hours as a family. Gorgeous building! Highly recommended if you want a full day art admiring day, or just a quick look around with kids, or a nice time out on a date this is your place. And it is free.
I still can believe it is for free! You have to visit it. They also have a nice goodies shop, it is a nice way to give a bit back. Loved it.
Had lunch in that beautiful cafe . Delicious . Spent two hours wondering round part of the lower floor displays . Listened in to an excellent tour . This is such an outstanding museum . My favourite this time was the displays of fashions over the last 200 years . There is so much to see . Superb
We are members so really love the museum and special exhibitions and can’t recommend the museum enough for its amazing collection in a beautiful building. It has hours of pleasure inside. However would not recommend the current members room. I found the design layout not good and menus have a limited choice of savoury snacks. The mixed toilets are not for me either. Used to really enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the old one. It had better light to dip into their lovely books too …
My 15 year old granddaughter is a "museum buff" so this was a must-see on our recent trio[ to London. We started out with a two hour "introductory tour," then spent another three hours exploring on our own (not enough time for her - too much for me!). I do try to get there on every trip to see something different, and saw lots that was new to me on this visit.
Went on a whim as we were literally walking right by it. Museums are apparently free in London, so that made it even better. Many different areas to see based on your interests.
Absolutely stunning museum. Worth more than one visit. Apart from the breadth and depth of the collections, they really put a lot of effort in making it an interesting museum for young and old. Just the "touch me" parts of the exhibition alone. Every museum should take a look and learn. Brilliant!
Went to see the Diva Exhibition with my daughter. We both enjoyed it although I thought the headphones were pointless and very uncomfortable. Sometimes with the V&A their exhibitions are a lot of money for not very much content but this exhibition is worth the money.
Enjoyed the fashion section the most, but make sure to check their website and reserve tickets early for special exhibits.
A visit to the V & A Museum is made well worth the visit, if you get the chance book a tour with Mandy. Her enthusiasm is so captivating and refreshing and you are immediately taken into the complete history of the exhibits. She is able to engage adults and children alike with her exuberant description and knowledge of the chosen exhibits. She supplies you with hidden gems of history and I could have listened to her all day. She’s an absolutely brilliant guide.
Diva exhibition. Good, but disappointed Kylie not included.With ear phones on it was hard not to sing and dance my way around.
I visited with my 12 year old son. We struggled to find exhibits that appealed to him. More interactive displays would work well. I would have enjoyed my visit had my son been more interested. As it was, we ended up leaving after an hour.
We were absolutely thrilled with our visit to V&A museum, never knew the incredible size and variety of collections displayed there. Simply amazing. My small granddaughter participated in an adventure hunt of sorts, enjoyed that very much. We visited on a weekday, and felt the museum was not crowded at all, in some rooms we were alone. There were lots of benches for visitors to sit and rest their tired feet, much appreciated by us. We will definitely return again to continue exploring the many interesting galleries there. In case of inclement weather, the museum is also accessible through an underground tunnel directly from the metro.
The girls in the orange jackets supposedly here to help us were extremely dismissive of us and were way more preoccupied by their chats than lost visitors
The V&A Museum in South Kensington is a magical place. It is so vast, so full of treasures, so educational. There is a surprise around every corner, no wonder it is classed as one of the best Museum experiences in the world.I recommend that you check the web site before visiting as there may be any number of special exhibitions, some may require pre booking. One of the first things to do once you arrive is to get the brochures with a site map and plan your tour. I guarantee that you will run out of time to see everything. A second or third visit may be necessary to see everything on your wish list.On the day we visited there were literally thousands of people in the place, a big percentage being school children so many of the popular exhibits will be crowded particularly between mid-morning and mid afternoon. Taking photographs can be a challenge with so many visitors. There is a large shop onsite and café. General entry is free.
The collection the V&A holds is amazing, so much variety too; paintings, sculptures, ironwork, furniture, tapestries, photography, gold, silver, stained glass, architectural models, sections on China, Korea, South Asia, Islamic Middle East, several areas about Britain and more.It's incredible and it's free.
Attended the V&A for the second time with my 18 year old daughter and her friend. We had booked tickets for the DIVA exhibition. The exhibition was fantastic and we were all very interested and learned a lot. A great and fascinating place. Plus air con which was much needed in the 28 degree heat.
This museum of architecture and decorative arts was established in 1852. Originally it was part of the temporary Great Exhibition, which was the dream project of Prince Albert so initially it was called the Museum of Manufacturers. When the exhibits were shifted here the name changed to South Kensington Museum, though the Queen wanted to name it Albert Museum. In 1899 Queen Victoria, in one of her last public appearances, finally renamed it as Victoria and Albert Museum. This remarkable museum, with an ever growing gigantic collection, is free to public. The exhibits, or their replicas, are displayed very artistically over several blocks and floors. You really need a map to make sure you see everything as the museum 145 galleries. It contains 4.5 million objects some of which are thousands of years old. You get to enjoy the history of art and creativity through jewellery, fashion, art, architecture, sculpture, furniture, photography and illustrations.
I pre-booked a ticket to the Diva exhibit at the V & A before I left the United States. It opened in early June and runs through spring of 2024. The exhibit covers the concept of a 'diva' from the opera in the 1800's to present day such as Madonna, Cher and Lady Gaga. They provide smart headphones that know where you are in the exhibit and play appropriate music, no verbal commentary, just music which was very clever.
Brilliant exhibition, DIVA was a surprisingly emotional journey through the stars that have been a soundtrack to my life. Fabulous costumes from the likes of Cher stand alongside Blondie, Madonna, Elton John and Prince to name a few. This exhibition is personal, enjoy it while you can !
London was everything and moreWe visited London (me, my husband and two under 6y old children), stayed 5 days.London is huge but manageable if you plan ahead what you want to visit and all.It was safer than we expected and we had the best weather those days.We loved it and the children loved it.
I went to see the new Diva exhibition at the V and A on 24th June, it had just opened. It wasn't that busy I didn't have to queue up.It was an amazing exhibition, iouas great to see all the costumes of Adele, Tina Turner, Cher, Shirley Bassey etcYou can take photos and you have a headset that is interactive with the exhibition and plays the music of the artist that you are standing in front of, eg Whitney Houston 'I will always love you' In the first part of the exhibition before you go upstairs, they have Marilyn Manroe's costume from 'Some Like it Hot' and Judy Garland's costume and there is a large screen which you can stand in front of watch clips of the films that they are from.I could have stayed longer it was interesting seeing all the costumes close up.The museum itself is beautiful and has lots of great other exhibitions. The courtyard is lovely to sit and have a coffee and a bite to eat, whilst watching the children play in the pool in the summer. Also the cafe in the museum is in a wonderful setting and great food.The staff are all happy and friendly.Toilets are really modern and plentiful and accessible. Always a pleasure to visit this museum.
great museum in south Kensington. on this occasion, i visited the Faberge exhibitions. would recommend pre-booking in advance for any of the special exhibtions as entrance is timed. Some sell out very quickly. The rest of the museum is free to visit
V&A Museum is an absolutely essential visit for any curious mind , with a fabulously selection of exhibits creatively curated. All for free (so what’s stopping you?)Visiting the museum to see a paid’ exhibitions on the other hand, makes it a more considered choice.. When I went to the V&A, I viewed the Alice Curiouser and Curiouser’ exhibition at a cost of £20 (per ticket) and although a spectacle, it over relied on video installations , spread throughout, which felt at the end like a bit of a ‘one trick pony’.. Perhaps video art installations are the modern museums necessary opium , to entice social media obsessed visitors to share their day with their ‘friends’ in an exchange for ‘likes’ . Because after the exhibits in the first hall, the remainder of the exhibition space was overwhelmingly tilted towards the ‘photo op’ Periodic offerings of art were squeezed in but difficult to appreciate when in the shadow of a video playing close by constantly shifting the light and sound of the surroundings .. But hey, I guess my idea of a museum is different in 2022 and although I sound like I’m complaining , I actually acknowledge what an outstanding job was done and came away with some vivid memories I just don’t feel like I learned as much as I had hoped about the subject matter I attended to discover . But maybe I got so much than just knowledge from the exhibition and that was worth my money and time but will not be worth everyone’s
Highly recommended - located just across the road from the National History Museum, the V&A offers alot for anyone who has a interest in world history and artifacts.I spent about an hour an a half here but i would recommend you give yourself at least a couple of hours, more if you have children.There is so much to see from all the continents from across the world, an there is something for everyone here. I personally found the Leonardo Da Vinci notebook (Circa 1495), interesting (see photos).I also found the Asian section very interesting especially the old clothing from a bygone era.It is free to go into the Victoria and Albert museum, an it is recommended that you book a time slot online, which i did.
We came to the V&A especially for the Alice exhibit but I have to say it really wasn't worth the £20 a ticket. It was too busy to get room to read and see a lot of the articles. It was lacking a lot of interactivity. They gave us a black and white sheet for the little one to do but when you're in a dark exhibit it's very hard to read size 10 font on a sheet of paper so that was a bit of a dud too. It was a 20-30 minute event for us that didn't live up to the hype we'd seen online. It's a shame because we love and appreciate a lot of the rest of V&A.
I have visited many museums around the world, and the V&A in my opinion is the best I have ever visited. This mainly because there are artefacts housed within the museum, which represent an international collection of items.Not only are the exhibits fascinating, but so too is the architecture of the building. I only stayed for two hours, but to do the place justice a whole day would be recommended. There were special exhibitions taking place, but I did not have time to visit these, plus there is a charge.I will have to return on my next visit to London so I can truly appreciate the magic of this world class museum. My highlights were art works by Constable and Turner, the Raphael Cartoons and the Cast Courts.
This is now sold out although members may be able to get in - or you can join and the entrance fee will be offset against your membership subscription. Certainly the Iran exhibition is interesting but maybe not so epic. The 1st 2 rooms were unduly overcrowded and the lighting very dim. This meant that it was very difficult to read the exhibit information especially due to reflections. This detracted from the experience. The themes were a little disjointed and more detail of geopolitical context would have been useful. The is a dichotomy of very ancient gold and pottery exhibits as well as modern photographs. The illustrated ancient books are beautiful. Overall a quick run round the history of Iran but digging deeper is not possible here.
This museum has a great collection of Art and Design: we saw Islamic art, Buddism section, fashion and British 1700’ furniture sections over 2h. We had to book our £0 value tickets on entry just to get in, as obviously this collects personal data about every visitor that the museum surely must need (!) no maps or brochures to guide us around, hardly any guidance and information available. I found it very hot inside too, poor air circulation and once you are sightseeing nowhere to grab any water, no public waterfountains.
Another excellent visit. Booking tickets on-line was easy and queuing to get in was very quick and well organised. The museum is too large to do in a single visit so we selected the glass and ground floor fashion through the ages galleries. The cafe is large and like on entry, well organised. We needed cake and coffee after a few hours visit.
We went to see the Curiouser and Curiouser exhibition and really loved it. Lots of information on Lewis Carroll, also on the different ways Alice has been portrayed -film, stage, ballet, opera etc plus on how the book has been an inspiration for other books, films etc. There were some fab displays such as the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Cheshire Cat, a rather disorientating mirrors maze and also the chance to use VR. Unfortunately the exhibition was sold out so consequently was very busy and there was a 20-25 minute wait for the VR. Also because it was busy it meant a wait to read the cards in the display cases which was made worse by trying to maintain distance. A victim of their own success! We love the V&A, there’s always something interesting to see but because we live in East Anglia, it’s an expensive visit each time.
Amazing step back in history. The prices at the garden cafe are eye raising but considering the museum is free, then you can see why this is so. Needs a full day to get around everything. Staff were informative, and there was so much to see and explore it was stunning! The jewellery displays were a particular favourite.
It's been nearly 7 years since I last visited the V&A but returning and admiring all the things on display again was as great as the first time. I forgot how massive the museum is; 4 sprawling floors and countless rooms - you could easily spend all day here if you wanted to take a good look at everything. In order to enter the V&A at the moment, you MUST book a timed entry ticket. Tickets to the special exhibits are bought separately. There are different lines to enter the museum depending on your ticket and whether you're a V&A member, but if there's a quiet period during your entry time, everyone will be allowed to enter at the same time through the same doors. You can stay for as long as you like until closing time. Similar to all museums at the moment, there is only one way to enter and exit the museum. Lots of places to sit and rest throughout the museum.
Firstly we have to recognise that it's COVID time so some things are different to usual but I cannot understand why so much of the V and A was closed off. Two whole floors not open. All the leaflets about the exhibits had been removed, there were no maps and it was a real struggle to find anything. In addition because of the work being done to remodel you'd arrive at a staircase to find it was closed off meaning you have to retrace steps around this maze of a building to find another staircase and also meaning that on more than one occasion you end up starting a collection at the wrong end. Children had paper maps, why can't the adults? Why can't the volunteers hand out paper information sheets about collections? Yes I am a aware there is an app but it was pretty poor and unhelpful as it needed to be enlarged to see anything. As expected the cafe was gold plated prices - 2 coffees a bottle of water and a scone was £21. Outside the cost of some people's weekly food shop. Finally when we booked on line we hold have been informed that there were no locker or cloakroom facilities (other places are still offering this) and that floors are closed. It's the V and A so of course it was good but C+ and not A* this time.
Although the kimono exhibition was excellent the day was marred by discovering that that a much valued 12 month membership gift is not going to be extended. I cannot understand the rational behind this - it was for 12 months so why wouldn't a gallery extend it the time and the goodwill for another 5 months? I am so disappointed. The gallery was closed for 5 months a huge chunk of that time - I work full time so my visits have to work around that. The Christmas gift to me wasn't just a donation to the gallery, that would be something different, it feels like the V& A are not honouring a contract between me and them. I believe that the Tate Gallery is extending their memberships and the 2 organisations are funded in similar ways. They will miss out on future shopping and restaurant visits from me and guests now. I have always loved the V & A and feel let down by them.
Covid restrictions did not detract from our visit one bit. In some ways it made it easier as there were fewer other visitors, and we had some galleries to ourselves. There is so much to see, it can't be covered in a single visit. It is free to go there (just book in advance) but I figure they need all the financial help they can get - they make it very easy to donate, and there are also gorgeous and well priced things in the shop. I was able to get some of my Christmas shopping done! Hope to go back very soon.
We were able to buy tickets online on the day for the Kimono exhibition in October 2020. It was easy to do. The staff at the museum were friendly and helpful over Covid precautions and with directions. The Kimono exhibition was beautifully organised and described and a treat for the eyes and the soul in these dour times. More generally, we were reminded that the V&A is a truly great museum.
I booked well in advance to go to the Kimono exhibition - it was, as you would expect from The V & A expertly curated. It was a real treat to visit.The booking process was simple, the checking in and booking etc was quick and easy and the staff were very pleasant/good humoured. The line moved quickly, it was well signposted and there were hand sanitzers throughout the museum.After seeing Kimono, I visited the jewellery room and the cast rooms - there is just so much to see.The shop as usual had an amazing range, some very high quality items as well as the more everyday stuff!I had a lovely time and will be back soon.
Visited the Kimono exhibition which was excellent - informative and visually stunning. It was well up to the high standards that the V&A has set for such events. One suggestion. Although visitor numbers for the exhibition were limited, and notices posted about distancing, there was some bunching. The staff might be proactive in gently reminding people about the need for space.
Went to see the Kimono exhibition at the V & A on Wednesday 14th October 2020, it was great, it took around 2 hours to see all of the amazing Kimono's old and new. It was well organised, the timings of entry to exhibition had been well thought out so it never felt as though they were to many people in any of the exhibition rooms. The Café under the dome, the old Cromwell Road entrance was a pleasure, good service as well as value for money. The staff were pleasant ensured that everyone adhered to the COVID 19 rules in place, it was a wonderful and memorable experience and I would like to thank all of the V & A staff for all that they did.
Went to the V&A for the first time since Covid19 began in the UK. The rules and ticket allocations were quite contradictory, and it felt overly complicated to get in to see the Kimono exhibit as members. We were given conflicting advice by the website, and staff between entering the building, and then again at the Kimono exhibit doors. Totally appreciate temperature checks, timed entry tickets and new systems that have to be in place but was unsure why we were given contradictory info that resulted in us almost being unable to see the exhibit we'd planned and travelled to in the first place. Feel like the V&A needs to be a little more cohesive between its departments and attitude towards guests - members or not.The kimono exhibit itself is truly truly wonderful and well worth a visit - beautifully laid out, researched, informative and stunning curation. This is why the V&A has such an appeal to me. But given my membership started in January and except for this one visit to date due to covid19 I have been unable to utilise the member scheme I am unsure whether it would be worth my own while to renew as a member or to just go and see the exhibits as and when appropriate as so far I have not really understood or noticed much of a difference in treatment.
Unlike several other of the big museums and galleries, the V&A has made sure that there are not so many visitors that safety is compromised and people feel anxious. We enjoyed our visit so much. The Kimono exhibition is absolutely fascinating - who knew there was so much to learn about what seems quite a basic design of clothing? The examples are beautiful and varied and the explanations extremely informative. It is even better if, as we did, you watch the YouTube video of the curator taking you round the exhibition before your visit. We ended our visit with a trip to the fantastic jewellery gallery. It is small so be prepared to queue for 10 mins or so to get in, but so worth it to see wonderful things displayed so well. To top off a fabulous outing we had tea in the lovely new cafe in what used to be the main entrance, underneath the Chihuly sculpture which must surely be one of the most beautiful exhibits in the whole museum. I've already booked our tickets to return soon.
V&A is my favourite go to place in London..it has been for few years. Just book a ticket and lose yourself in on of many galleries. Get inspiration for your next project or even that cool shot on Instagram. From ancient history, through exotic countries display, fashion over the centuries to jewellery display and photography gallery. There is so much to see, you could be coming every day for a year!Visit is free to main galleries but make sure to book in advance for timed exhibitions. My latest one was Kimono - Kyoto to catwalk. Absolutely amazing! Seeing all those kimonos, some of them few hundred year old. The pieces of art. Make sure to donate if you decide on free visit, this place needs to keep going and it's only down to us to make it happen. Especially now with limited number of people they let in on timed tickets.
This is a great time to visit the V&A, even if you can't get a ticket for the excellent Kimono exhibition. I visited on a Saturday and because of the booking system the galleries were uncrowded. It wasn't hard to socially distance from others and I could take as long as I wanted to read all the captions and admire the exhibits. I even got a table on my own outside to have lunch. After the Kimono exhibition, I wandered through some galleries I've never visited before and I really appreciated all the wonderful objects on display. If your time is limited you should note that you need to queue for the Jewelry rooms and you may need to queue for the shop. All the staff I interacted with were friendly and helpful.
The booking of timed slots was easy and the staff made the getting in to the museum very relaxed but safe. The fact that we were free to wander, as opposed to having to follow a one way route, significantly added to the visit. It was a near yo ‘normal’ as it can be in these times. Will be returning again soon.
With the new Covid 19 restrictions it was very nice to be able to visit the V&A again after many many months. I took a friend to see the Kimono exhibition which was absolutely incredible. Beautifully laid out and so much to see and read. The history behind the garment is incredible and the stunning exhibits were so beautiful and intricate. Worth a visit if you can get tickets. Felt safe as very few people.
The queue to enter the V&A was well managed but once inside the Kimono exhibition there was a complete lack of social distancing and the staff on duty didn't do anything to manage the situation. Apart from small direction signs on the floor it doesn't appear that the layout of the exhibition has been modified at all, which leads people bunching up especially at corners. There were many times people crouded around me and seemed completed oblivious of the need to maintain social distancing or an ability to follow the direction signs. Unless the V&A improve their management of visitors to this wonderfull exhibition I'd recommend wearing full PPE.
Booked in advance to gain entry to museum last Saturday and saw Kimono Exhibition which was stunning with good explanatory signage. No catering open, but coffee and snacks for sale in the courtyard. V & A Shop has an excellent selection of good quality items.Covid arrangements generally seem very organised, but we were concerned there were no security checks in place. Bag checks always took place previously. Is the fear of infection now so strong among the staff that they’re not prepared to search visitors’ bags?
It was wonderful to return to the V&A after the lockdown closure. Booking in advance was easy and the museum was very peaceful with the restricted numbers rule. I was lucky to be there on a warm and sunny day so could have lunch in the sunshine in the garden. I wandered around visiting all my favourite things. Next time I will go to the jewellery gallery first as there was a queue each time I went there as restricted access due to the lack of space, but there is so much else to see that I didn't mind. And I bought a beautiful face mask from the shop! Will return soon!
It's got to be 40 years since I last visited the V&A. My memories of it are this: There's way too much ironwork and the floors are pretty good for doing knee slides on. This continues to remain current however, with a fresh and adult mind, i've a clearer memory of this wonderful museum. This time around we attended using the very simple online time slot booking for my daughter to get some ideas etc for her textiles GCSE. We found the staff extremely helpful and directed us straight to the Fashion exhibit which was our primary goal. This was easily found and enjoyed and we then enjoyed the rest of the museum. As a child I had no memory of any 'wow' moments in th V&A which is possibly why its taken me 40 years to return when i live less than 10 miles away!? I have to say that now, turning the corner into The Cast Courts, left all four of us agog (even 2 teenagers!) and I did actually say "wow"! This alone is worth visiting for although many of the other exhibits are interesting and enjoyable with the fashion, silver and the photography exhibits immediately springing to mind. The only negatives I thought from our visit was that, despite a number of interactive exhibits being withdrawn rightly for Covid concerns, they remain switched on. One particularly enthused teen engaged with an exhibit in photography as it was clearly on but failed to read the sign in his excitemen. He was rightly chastised by the curator. It just always sours the mood a little if there's been a negative interaction even when you know you're at fault. I think it would simply be easier to just switch them off or cover them until we can go back to sharing each others germs again. I also continually have an issue with the food. Covid restrictions mean no big bags so no picnics. Lunch at the V&A cost me £38 for 4 drinks, 4 sandwiches and 4 packs of crisps. I appreciate it's a tourist destination in one of the worlds great capital cities but that still hurts. Despite the minor negatives this remains a great museum and is absolutely worth a visit. I'll definitely not leave it another 40 years (I'll be pushing up daisies if I do!).
They are very organized with their time slots and there are plenty of hand sanitizer stations. It doesn't feel busy at all. Although floors 3 and 4 are closed there is still a huge amount to see so you can still spend several days here and not see it all. The Member's Room is open for food though with less tables but the main restaurant is closed so dining facilities are very limited. If you need food I would recommend La Brioche which is an Italian cafe about 100m from the tube station.
I attempted to visit the V&A this morning having booked a timed ticket and had to abandon the visit because the situation outside the museum felt so uncomfortable. When I arrived at approx 11.05 for the 11.15 slot (as advised) there was already a queue which stretched from the front door, up the ramp and then around the roped queuing area almost back to the gates onto the pavement. With people behind you, in front of you and to the side of you in this area many of whom were not wearing masks because it was outdoors it was effectively impossible to distance. The situation with the queue on the ramp seemed almost as bad, with almost nobody keeping even a meter apart and effectively no way of doing so short of stepping out of the queue. Over the last few weeks I've visited the Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the National and the National Army Museum and I've encountered nothing like this, despite in several cases visiting them during their first few days open when I'd be a lot more sympathetic to them having some teething troubles. Since they are operating a timed ticketing system and therefore have complete control over the number of people entering the museum (plus or minus a few arriving early or late), I'm mystified how the can have allowed this situation to develop. None of the many staff present seemed concerned so I can only assume this is the usual state of affairs at present .
You have to pre-book a time to visit on the website. No need to be a member. This gets you access to most but not all of the museum. There are also paid exhibitions you can book at the same time. There isn’t a time limit once you are in the museum so no need to rush. You just have to arrive at your chosen time, quick queue. Covid 19 procedures are in place so bring a mask, hand sanitizer etc are provided. Very well organised entry, you can print a barcode or have it on your phone. Staff very professional and knowledgeable and kept to safety requirements. They provide additional help for those with disabilities, hard of hearing, elderly, mobility, sight etc. Nice to get some culture finally after so many months. Well worth a visit for the many interesting objects, the shop and to get out of the heat and meet friends.
They just opened after the lockdown. Now you must book free tickets online on their website because they need to keep under control the amount of people coming in.I had some issues with the booking and i finally managed to do it on my desired day, but i made a mistake by putting 1 person instead of 2, I couldn't do it again, the tickets where depleeded for the day.I called general enquiries and a nice lady by the name of Cláudia help me by adding another person to my booking.This made my day and i had a lot of fun.Also I've visited the museum in October 2019 and now I've seen new things. Great job V&A!
Extraordinary museum with thematic rooms. Each of these rooms displays a different aspect of British culture and arts, both Victorian silverware and jewelry and elements of theater, writing and other human trades.Admission is free and the entire tour requires several hours. It can be done on a full day or, in my opinion, on two different days.
I studied at the Royal College of Art which is right next to the V&A so I had several opportunities to see the collections on display and it's an amazing gallery for inspiration and to learn more about art and history. It would take more than one visit to view the displays at the museum as it is huge. They have a great museum gift shop and cafe with beautiful interiors. I've taken family/friend when they visit and they've always enjoyed it, would definitely recommend it when visiting London.
I’d heard about the V & A for years but always was sidetracked during my other trips to London. This time I made a special effort and was swept off my feet at the scope and character of its exhibits and facilities. Walking down one hall I was suddenly thunderstruck by the view of Trajan’s Column - a full size replica. It is amazing - truly amazing - to see that & a full size replica of Michelangelo’s David; with Bernini’s & Donatello’s renditions, all clustered together. Other works of classical art are there as well. Art history majors rejoice, lol!The dining hall itself is a work of art and the food was fresh and reasonably priced. Everything worked together for a wonderful experience, one that you will not regret taking the time to include in a visit to London, my very favorite city.
My daughters bought me tickets for my birthday, £18 each,not insignificant for them.I was super excited by it as a car fan all my life.I can in all honesty say it is the worst car related event I have ever been to.There is no continuity, not a British or French car to be seen,no imagination.A film of the car chase from Bullit with the wrong Ford Mustang under it, video walls of traffic in London,I mean really is that original thinking.The exhibition is tiny,clearly not suited to such a small space.It took less than 30 mins to see.There is hugely more to see at any of the car museums in this country for the same or less money.I believe this was put together by people who don't actually know anything about cars.It's a travesty that a great venue like the V and A can allow us to spend our money on this.
Whilst the content of the exhibition is outstanding and beautifully curated. There are a few downfalls with attending this or indeed any exhibition at the V & A these days. Firstly the overcrowding, it’s great that the museum is so popular but despite buying timed tickets, it is far too crowded. This is made much, much worse by the people wearing rucksacks. Then there are the people who conduct loud conversations on their mobiles. Far worse, those who come in and wander round having a full blown conversation detailing the minutiae of their lives. So please V & A look into this. Make visitors leave their rucksacks in the cloakroom. Tell people to lower their voices. Regulate the number of visitors allowed in. Now for the cafe. This is one of the most beautiful places to sit and eat in London. However, there are simply not enough tills. The queues to pay are ridiculous and if you have bought hot food I assure you it will be cold by the time you have managed to pay for it and find a table.
I went last week for the Cars exhibition in Victoria and Albert museum and is was the most disappointed exhibition of cars I saw in my life. Starting for £18 tickets In the exhibition you can see around 10-15 cars and I understand the idea about they want to show the evolution of the cars in the history but few pictures and draws don't explain too much. I finish in 15-20 minutes to see everything and honestly I was looking forward to assist to this exposition but unfortunately I can't recommend. Apart from this I think Victoria and Albert is a beautiful and nice museum.
We try to visit this wonderful museum at least once a year. The building itself is stunning and it has an ever changing list of exhibitions. We particularly enjoy those which feature fashion.It’s easy to get to from the tube, and there is a great cafe where you can find a snack or a main meal.Each time we return we discover something new, and the main exhibits are free, it’s only the special exhibitions that are chargeable.
While other museums had waiting times of 45 mins to 1 hr. The V&A had no queue at all. Our 5 & 6 year old had lots of fun designing and building alternative vehicles for a chaotic world of storms. The staff were all very helpful, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The static exhibitions also have interactive touch screens. We all had a great day.
There is such big wow factor here with so many treasures and brilliant displays. We visited with our children in the middle of 1/2 term and it was heaving with people in every area of the museum. Its free so everyone is here. Super chaotic in the corridors with so many people. We found it difficult to find our bearings as the vertical movement is not so easy to understand using the museum guide and plan. We missed some areas we wanted to visit just because we could not find the route to the specific location. However, what we did find was amazing and the children while being overwhelmed did take home some key memories. Highly recommended event that needs careful planning
This weekend, my parents and I came all the way from Paris in order to see the Tim Walker exhibition at the V&A. We have wanted to see this exhibition since it has been announced since we are huge fans of Tim Walker's work. We have also recently bought a piece from him at the Michael Hoppen gallery here in London so we really didn't want to miss this. As we got to the entrance, we were told that the exhibition was sold out. We explained the problem to Kalu at the cashier and she had the extreme amiability to call her manager and finally let us in. I wanted to leave her a very positive review for Kalu for doing this for us.
It’s a real shame that what appear to be the most interesting exhibitions in here are so expensive (about £20 each) which adds up for multiple people. The building is impressive but my biggest issue is that it isn’t easy to navigate this museum. I’ve been to many museums all over the world and found this one to be one of the most difficult to get around.
There’s something special about this place that keeps me coming back for inspiration. With an extroidinary collection of applied arts ranging from fashion to furniture, jewelry to transportation, every item has been designed with functionality and craftsmanship from around the world. It’s easy to spend a whole day there, so make sure to see which exhibits you want to see first and plan your time wisely. The jewellery collection is my favorite with detailed explanations of how the pieces were crafted and the history around it. The cafeteria serves delicious food, deserts and even wine so there’s no need to rush.
This truly is one of Londons Gems. I have visited the V&A regularly since I was a fashion student in London 20 years ago. It really is the most magical place. From then to now they constantly curate the most exciting and considered exhibits , especially when looking at costume and fashion, from Armani and Westwood through to the infamous McQueen & Bowie exhibits, through to the current Tim Walker, all have been utterly captivating with the curation and environment in which these stores are told transporting you some where else entirely. Its best to book in advance however as the exhibitions are popular with strict times allocated, so its best to book in advance, especially if you're travelling from further away.Additionally there are thousands of beautifully curated free exhibits displayed and available for you to walk around at your own pace within the permanent collections and all are very much worth your time.
I had meant to visit the VA on numerous occasions but had never seemed to have enough time . On our recent trip we made visiting a priority and we had an excellent time , although as the title says I could have stayed for much longer had prior arrangements not curtailed our free time . In the time we had available we managed to see most of the exhibition halls and there are many varied and wonderful treasures to see . The museum gets a big tick from me as it is free entrance which I think all museums should be . why should it only be people with money who get to enjoy all the fantastic objects on display ... in saying that there was also stand alone exhibitions such as one about Mary quant which has an entrance charge for those who may have a specific interest .however the rest is free . There are a number of floors and they all deserve to be investigated . A particular highlight for me was the snuff boxes and miniature portrait paintings but I’m sure there is something that will capture every visitors eye .. well worth a visit , I will return and spend the whole day there
This was my first visit to the V&A and I will be back. The exhibits are displayed beautifully, with a real thought on visitor experience. I expected endless display cabinets set out in linear fashion. There is so much to see here, and the variety of exhibits and the information descriptions means one day is definitely not enough. I’d recommend you pick a couple of areas and immerse yourself in them with a view to covering another section on your next visit. The whole museum is absolutely beautiful in its architecture and also the exhibits within it.
We have not visited the V&A for years and were knocked out by the new entrance off Exhibition Road - fantastic. Lots of helpful volunteers about to direct you and share information. We spent quite a while in the Elton John photography gallery, very special and informative and also enjoyed a temporary photography exhibition. It's a huge place so couldn't do everything but how we enjoyed what we did see.
Plan to spend hours in this wonderfully massive museum! Admission is free which makes it popular among tourists and locals alike. They have a great array of art, sculptures, furniture, linens and many more from every country and continent; from different ages. There is a coat check area for bags if you don’t feel like lugging bags while walking around. You are allowed to take pictures inside. There are a lot of stairs but there are also elevators for ease of accessibility.
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