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.

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