Private group tours & talks

Pair of Mock Croc woman's 12 inch platform shoes, Vivienne Westwood, U.K., Autumn/Winter 1993-94. Museum no. T225:1.2.1993

Pair of Mock Croc woman's 12 inch platform shoes, Vivienne Westwood, U.K., Autumn/Winter 1993-94. Museum no. T225:1.2.1993

Whether a group has a special area of interest, wishes to explore a particular gallery or just get an overview of the Museum's collection the Groups Team can help.

We offer a wide range of tours to meet your group requirements.

Set tours

Duration: 1 hour
Number of people: 1-25 (except for Islamic gallery, 1-20). Larger groups can be accommodated, but will need to be split into smaller groups. Multiple tours can run concurrently for larger groups.
Cost: £10 per person (minimum fee £150)

Choose one of the following tours:

Discover the V&A

An ideal tour for first time visitors or those who have a general interest in art and design and are keen to learn more. Discover the origins of the Museum and learn about the many fascinating treasures held in the V&A's extensive collection.

British Galleries

Critically acclaimed and unmatched in scope, the British Galleries display the most comprehensive collection of British art and design on view anywhere in the world. Trace changes in design and lifestyle from the Tudor monarchs to the end of Victoria's reign. (Tours concentrating specifically on the Tudor and Stuart, Georgian and Victorian galleries are also available.)

Architecture

The Architecture gallery brings together the unparalleled collections of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the V&A, showing original drawings and models, photographs and building fragments. Over 2,500 years of architectural history is on display.

Interiors

Gamble Room

Gamble Room

Interiors can reveal an astonishing amount about the preoccupations of a given age. This tour covers the epitomes of British interior style from the 1600's to present day, including a look at some of the V&A's five reconstructed period rooms.

Fashion

The V&A's world renowned fashion collection covers changing shapes and tastes in style, from beautiful 17th-century fashions to contemporary, cutting-edge designs and haute couture. The collection also includes accessories such as jewellery, gloves and handbags.

History of Tea

Explore the history of tea drinking, from its origins in China and East India to its popularity in Victorian Britain. Find out more about the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and look at tea paraphernalia, including teapots on displays in our Ceramics galleries.

'The programme was very well thought out and the theme was skilfully developed, giving us not just a history of tea drinking but also of social behaviour, design, technology, international trade and many other fields. I know that all of the participants were greatly impressed.'

History of Tea tour attendee

Love, Betrothal and Marriage

Discover stories of love and seduction from the worlds of classical mythology and the Medieval court.  Consider rituals of courtship and marriage in Renaissance Italy and Tudor England by looking at sculpture and jewellery, including a selection of beautiful betrothal rings, marriage chests and the wedding suit of King James II.

European

This tour takes you through a broad range of galleries to explore the development of European styles, from medieval to French empire, and the influence of Eastern art on European design.

Eastern

Fashion photograph, John French, London, 1960's. Museum No. JF4263/3

Fashion photograph, John French, London, 1960's. Museum No. JF4263/3

Around 60,000 spectacular works of art make the V&A's collection one of the largest permanent displays of Eastern art and craft in the world. The galleries are designed to immerse the visitor in the unique culture of each country.

Paintings

The V&A's collection of oil paintings and watercolours include celebrated artists such as Turner and Constable, Botticelli and Degas. The paintings are displayed in elegant galleries originally built to house them during the 1860's.

20th Century

The 20th century saw a dramatic period of change in design. This tour looks at the broad contrasts between mass produced items and hand crafted goods, including nostalgic objects ranging from unusual radios to familiar posters and even a pair of modern day trainers.

Islamic

This stunning gallery houses one of the most extensive and renowned collections of Islamic art in the world. Some 400 objects of exquisite beauty are on display, including ceramics, textiles, carpets, metalwork, glass and woodwork. This tour tells the story of Islamic art in the Middle East and beyond, from the 8th to the 20th century.

Innovation and techniques

A fascinating look at the techniques of crafting different materials such as silver, glass and ceramics. This tour introduces the extensive materials galleries, explaining how pieces were made and how techniques have developed with changes in fashion and technology.

Intercultural tours

Kalighat painting of Hanuman the Monkey God teasing open his chest to reveal Rama & Sita enshrined within it, Indian (Calcutta), about 1865-70. Museum no. IS.231-1953

Kalighat painting of Hanuman the Monkey God teasing open his chest to reveal Rama & Sita enshrined within it, Indian (Calcutta), about 1865-70. Museum no. IS.231-1953

Duration: 1 hour
Number of people: 1–20. Larger groups can be accommodated, but will need to be split into smaller groups. Multiple tours can run concurrently for larger groups.
Cost: £40 per tour for youth and community organisations, supplementary schools and charitable faith organisations.

The Victoria and Albert Museum has extensive collections from South Asia and the Far East as well as beautiful recently designed galleries on Middle Eastern art and of Sacred Silver and Stained Glass. These galleries are rich with objects associated with many of the world's religions including: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Islam as well as Christianity and Judaism.

To increase awareness of its collections the Museum is offering specialised Sacred Object and Intercultural tours delivered by specially trained guides. You can choose to concentrate on your own or another faith, or choose a tour looking at objects across faiths.

Individual faiths

Choose one from: Judaism, Christinity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism or Sikhism for an in-depth appreciation of these faiths.

Abrahamic faiths

Choose a tour which celebrates and compares the objects associated with Judaism, Christianity and Muslim cultures.

Asian faiths

Choose a tour which highlights the diverse range of painting scripts and manuscripts within Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Please ask if you would like Sikhism to be substituted for one of the other faiths within the tour.

Tailor-made tours

We are pleased to tailor make tours for special interest groups on a subject of their choice. Tours are led by a V&A lecturer.

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins
Number of people: 1-25 per tour
Cost: £17.50 per person (minimum fee £245)

How to book

Please contact the Booking office on +44 (0)20 7942 2211, or e-mail: 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.A member of the team meets and assists the group on the day to ensure everything goes smoothly so that organisers can also relax and enjoy the visit.

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

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