Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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At Victoria and Albert Museum, see the world's largest decorative arts and design collection. The museum's 145 galleries span 51,000 sq m (12.5 acres), so you won't be able to see it all in a single visit. Look over a floor plan and decide which rooms interest you the most. You have 5,000 years worth of art to choose from, including ceramics, glass, textiles, ironwork, sculptures, furniture, photographs, and more, from all parts of the world. At 80,000 objects, the ceramics collection is the world's largest and features pieces by famous potters such as William De Morgan and Bernard Leach. In the British galleries, keep an eye out for Henry VIII's writing desk, which dates to 1525. The jewelry collection includes an emerald necklace that Napoleon gave to his adopted daughter, Hortense de Beauharnais, in 1806. Check the schedule of free tours and talks if you want to learn more about specific subjects. Take a look at our London travel itinerary planner to schedule your visit to Victoria and Albert Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • If you are interested in the applied arts, this is the museum to visit. Unlike at the British Museum, there were no lineups here. The collection is huge and can't be covered in a day, so choose the ar...  more »
  • The V & A Museum is welcoming from the phone call I made to query entry to the Pink Floyd Exhibition (& spoke to a real human being!) to the staff at the entrance through to all the staff in the exhib...  more »
  • Visited the Pink Floyd exhibition in the V&A over the weekend.I am a 49 yr old and have loved Pink Floyd since turning 12 and have loved "the wall", the "final cut" and everything else they have done....  more »
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  • We went to see the Pink Floyd exhibition, it was brilliant. An excellent, well planned walk through the history of one of the worlds most iconic bands. The audio visual made the experience even more meaningful. Pity they wasn't a few more seating areas though. Well done V&A.....
  • One of my favourite places in the world. Exquisite. It is free entry apart from certain specific exhibits. It is huge and you will need at last a day to see it all properly through wandering about or you could plan specific parts to see. Good cafe/restaurant (obviously quite expensive) and a nice outdoor courtyard water feature area. The place is always busy but it never feels overcrowded. Great location for Science museum and museum of natural history too. Good links from South Ken station via a tunnel directly to the museums.
  • Had a great time visiting the Pink Floyd exhibition. Just wish there was more room in the early part of the exhibition. That section is very small and was hard look at the cabinets and information with a large number of people in there. But once pass that the rest was well laid out with enough space and became a very engaging, enjoyable experience
  • Simply superb. Dazzling collection. The modern addition to the existing older section is very well done. The restaurant is really impressive although we didn't have anything to eat here. There's a garden and enclosed paddling pool for kids to splash about in a very impressive quadrangle. You would need almost a whole lifetime to see all of it. Free to enter although there's usually a short queue to enter.
  • A very large museum, lots of things to see, so plan a plenty of time (4-5hrs maybe?) to walk around if you're a museum lover. The items in the jewelry gallery are the most gorgeous I've ever seen. However, the souvenir is not so special nor worth the price in my opinion. Looking forward to seeing some creativity in the shop next time. P.S. It's free entry.

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