Top UK Museums – Victoria and Albert

Next on my top UK museums series is the Victoria and Albert museum in London.  I was quite surprised at how good this museum is, not really knowing much about it before my visit.  However, it is a great space and there are so many amazing collections to see. I will be returning!

Victoria and Albert Museum

About the Victoria and Albert Museum

Holding National collections as well as many resources for study, the museum boasts a variety of well-positioned exhibits for its visitors to enjoy. There are an amazing  2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity here in this museum! Do you love art and design? Exhibitions focus on fashion, textiles, jewellery and architecture from across the globe.

The Star of the Show.

Top UK museums Victoria and Albert

It’s hard to believe these beautiful paintings were merely a guide for weavers to make tapestries.  These full-scale paintings depict scenes from the lives of St Peter and St Paul and commissioned by Pope Leo X in 1515. The works have been owned by the British Royal Family since 1623 and have been on loan to the Museum since 1865. Wow, what a lot of history! Head to room 48a to marvel at this artwork.

My Favourite place

Cast Courts, room 46b Victoria and Albert
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I have to say I loved the  Cast Courts. The room features reproductions of Italian Renaissance monuments including a five-metre high cast of Michelangelo’s David. I know they are not the real thing but they are pretty impressive.

Some other great exhibits

Victoria and Albert Museum
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You’ll find some great Asian art and objects in the Victoria and Albert museum. I think you should check out the samurai in the Japanese exhibit. The Tipu’s Tiger’, a carved and lacquered wooden semi-automaton in the South Asia rooms. As well as the mosaics and textiles in the Islamic Middle East exhibit.

Facilities

You can get to the museum very easily as it has an entrance from the museum tunnels.  It is accessible for families and has cloakrooms, toilets and baby change facilities and is wheelchair accessible too.

The V&A cafe is legendary and is something to see itself. The beautiful art deco decorated dining room is a lovely place to have a bite to eat. Book ahead or get there early for a good table.

Getting there and when to visit.

Admission to the museum is free of charge and opening times are: Every day from 10 am to 545 pm and extended until 10 pm on Fridays.  I visited on a Saturday afternoon and it wasn’t too busy so weekend visits shouldn’t be a problem.

Did you like this post? Let me know in the comments below and check out my other posts in this series. The British museum and the Natural History Museum.

Natural History Museum – Top UK Museums

Another post in my top UK museums series, this time it’s the Natural History Museum in London.

Natural history museum StegasaurusAbout the Natural History Museum.

I love the Natural History Museum it is such an amazing attraction to visit, but did you know it is also a world-renowned science research centre too?  Around 80 million items within five main collections can be found here. These collections are categorised as botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology.The Star of the Show.

The Star of the Show.

To enjoy the best experience in the museum, take the escalator in the Earth Galleries. Through the giant rotating globe into the collection of the story of the earth.  Learn about global phenomenon and try the authentic earthquake simulator.

Earth Gallery - Natural History Museum

My favourite place.

OK, so as you know my daughter is only 8 months old and it was just me and her on this visit, but I loved the interactive exhibits, which are especially great for families! The animatronic T-Rex was absolutely fantastic and also pretty scary. The original Jurassic park was released when I was a child so I was amazed by the collection of dinosaur skeletons. The dinosaur exhibit was definitely my favourite place, you will love it too!

Some other great exhibits.

It’s difficult to tell you where the best exhibits are in the museum because I would probably just tell you to see every single one! However, I know that everyone does not have the time to visit every single object in the museum. So if you have to choose, as well as the dinosaurs make sure you see the Ecology and Origins exhibits. You won’t regret the choice.

Natural History Museum

Facilities.

If you need it wheelchair access is available all the way through the museum and you can borrow wheelchairs free of charge at both the Exhibition Road entrance and the Darwin entrance.

If you need to use the cloakroom check the tariffs and plan ahead as if you have luggage it might cost a lot to store.

Getting there and when to visit.

The museum is open daily 1000-1750 and admission is free however, there is a charge for some temporary exhibitions. If you visit on a weekday you’ll find it less crowded and better for young visitors.

Have you been to the Natural History Museum? What did you think? Tell me in the comments below.