Exhibition-related private tours & talks

We offer a range of talks that complement the V&A's extensive exhibition programme.

Introductory and illustrated talks

Enhance your visit to a V&A exhibition with a slide-illustrated introductory talk. For a general introduction to your chosen exhibition, we offer a 30 minute talk; or for a more in-depth exploration of the exhibition subject and content, we offer a 1 hour illustrated talk.

Please note, slide talks are dependent on room availability, so early booking is advised. Tea and coffee, with biscuits or pastries, can be supplied during these Introductory talks, at an additional cost. Please discuss your requirements with the Groups Manager.

Duration: 30 mins or 1 hour
Number of people: 1-50 For larger groups, please speak directly to the
Groups Manager.

30 minute introductory talk: £8 per person (minimum fee £240)
60 minute introductory talk: £10 per person (minimum fee £300)

Exhibition-related tours of the permanent collection

Complement your group visit to an exhibition with a tour of the V&A's collection of related art and design on display in the permanent galleries. hemes will vary according to the exhibition programme, see our Exhibitions pages for more details.

Duration: 1 hour
Number of people: 1-25 per tour larger groups can be accommodated, but will need to be
split into smaller groups. We regret that we are unable to offer tours inside the exhibition galleries.
Cost: £10 per person (minimum fee £150)

For a list of current and forthcoming Major Exhibitions see the Exhibitions page.

How to book

Please contact the Groups Team on +44 (0)20 7942 2211, or email  bookings.office@vam.ac.uk , to discuss which tour or talk you would like to arrange.

We recommend booking a minimum of 1 month in advance.

The Groups Team
The V&A has a small, friendly and experienced Groups Team dedicated to arranging private group visits.

Days and times
Private tours can take place during normal opening hours:
10.00-17.45 seven days a week.

Private talks can take place Monday to Friday during normal opening hours.

We are open every day of the year except 24-26 December.
It is usually possible to give tours concurrently if required.

Gallery stools are available on arrival for visitors who find it difficult to stand for a length of time.

Familiarisation visits
Group organisers are welcome to make an appointment to come and meet a member of the Groups Team at the V&A, to discuss details of the visit and familiarise themselves with the venue.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

14 March – 2 August 2015. The V&A is delighted to announce that it will present Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in London in spring 2015. The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, the exhibition will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work.

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