Hands-On Exhibits in the Galleries

Children building a model of the Crystal Palace construction in the British Galleries. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Children building a model of the Crystal Palace in the British Galleries. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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

Many of our galleries have interactive elements ranging from touch objects to videos, replica costume to computers, 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)
  • dress up in theatre costumes, including Grimaldi the clown, and make sound effects of rain and thunder (Theatre & Performance Galleries, Rooms 103-106)
'How ceramics are fired' interactive in the Ceramics Gallery.

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

Armour gauntlet, Room 62, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Armour gauntlet, Room 62, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Dressing-up area in the Theatre & Performance Galleries

Dressing-up area in the Theatre & Performance Galleries, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

22 March – 13 July 2014. Experience the world of William Kent, the most prominent architect and designer in early Georgian Britain and explore how his versatility and artistic inventiveness set the style for his age when Britain defined itself as a new nation and developed an Italian-inspired style.

Visit the V&A exhibition William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

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Henry VIII - Treasures of the Royal Courts Exhibition Postcard

Henry VIII - Treasures of the Royal Courts Exhibition Postcard

Henry VIII - Treasures of the Royal Courts Exhibition Postcard After Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8–1543) Oil on copper, London, about 15…

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Event - Hands-on galleries

Wed 01 January 2014–Wed 31 December 2014

FREE DISPLAYS: There are hundreds of exciting hands-on exhibits throughout the V&A.

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