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Hands-On Exhibits in the Galleries © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Hands-On Exhibits in the Galleries © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Explore a place of wonder

Hunt for treasures from sparkly jewels to samurai swords, journey back to Medieval, Tudor and Victorian times; get up close to West End costumes and famous fashion.

There are hundreds of exciting hands-on exhibits throughout the Victoria and Albert Museum – look for the hands-on symbol on the Museum map.

Handy on Symbol


 

 

 

Many of our galleries have interactive elements ranging from touch objects to videos, replica costume to digital interactives, including:

  • Try on Victorian costume or build a replica of the Crystal Palace in the British Galleries (Victorian Discovery Area, Room 122b)
  • Make a brass rubbing or do a giant slider puzzle made of replica medieval tiles (Discover the Medieval World, Room 10c)
  • Put your hand inside an armour gauntlet and feel its weight (Renaissance Galleries, Room 62)
  • Find out how pots are made through touch objects and construction activities (Ceramics Galleries, Room 143)
  • Design your own tea post (Ceramics Galleries, Room 143)
  • Dress up in theatre costumes, including Grimaldi the clown  (Theatre & Performance Galleries, Rooms 103-106)

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

© Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Gauntlet to try on in the Renaissance Galleries @ Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Gauntlet to try on in the Renaissance Galleries @ Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

'How ceramics are fired' interactive in the Ceramics Gallery, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Objects to touch in the Renaissance Galleries @ Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Objects to touch in the Renaissance Galleries @ Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Interactive Map

Discover the many treasures in the beautiful V&A galleries, find out where events are happening in the Museum or just check the location of the café, shops, lifts or toilets. Simple to use, the V&A interactive map works on all screen sizes, from your tablet or smartphone to your desktop at home.

Launch the Interactive Map