The Becket Casket, About 1180 © Courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonThe John Madejski Garden © Courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonThe Renaissance City 1350-1600 © | Courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonNoble Living © | Courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonV&A exterior © Courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum, LondonBritish Galleries © Courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum, London

V&A (Victoria & Albert) Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum (often abbreviated as the V&A) is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design.

Housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The V&A is located in the Brompton district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in an area that has become known as "Albertopolis" because of its association with Prince Albert, the Albert Memorial and the major cultural institutions with which he was associated.

These include the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Royal Albert Hall. The museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Like other national British museums, entrance to the museum has been free since 2001.

The V&A covers 12.5 acres (51,000 m2)[3] and 145 galleries. Its collection spans 5,000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day, from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa. The holdings of ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings and photographs are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world.

The museum owns the world's largest collection of post-classical sculpture, with the holdings of Italian Renaissance items being the largest outside Italy. The departments of Asia include art from South Asia, China, Japan, Korea and the Islamic world. The East Asian collections are among the best in Europe, with particular strengths in ceramics and metalwork, while the Islamic collection is amongst the largest in the Western world.

Museum Facilities

  • Cafe

  • Restaurant

  • Shop

  • Audio Guide

  • Tour Guide

  • Photography

  • Wheelchair Access

  • WiFi

  • Venue Hire

  • Available

  • Not allowed

  • Unconfirmed

  • Prior permission required.

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London Area: West


  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Cromwell Road
  • South Kensington
  • London
  • SW7 2RL


  • TFL Zone

    Zone 1

  • Underground

    • South Kensington

    Bus Numbers

  • 360, 70, 345, 430

FREE Admission

Admission discounts
Art Fund 50% off exhibitions
Open Hours
Monday 10:00am 17:45pm
Tuesday 10:00am 17:45pm
Wednesday 10:00am 17:45pm
Thursday 10:00am 17:45pm
Friday 10:00am 22:00pm
Saturday 10:00am 17:45pm
Sunday 10:00am 17:45pm
Bank Holidays 10:00am 17:45pm

Contact Details

Phone 020 7942 2000
Website V&A (Victoria & Albert) Museum
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