Explore the breathtaking treasures and hidden gems of more than 2,000 years of art and design. From the spectacular collections to our captivating exhibitions and events, there is something for everyone. Plan your visit or browse our galleries at home using the V&A Digital Map. Take part in a learning activity or further your knowledge in the National Art Library. Meanwhile, the V&A bloggers give you a fascinating glimpse at what goes on behind the scenes. There is so much to discover in the world's leading museum of art and design.
Video: 20 Great Reasons to Visit the V&A
The V&A is the world's leading museum of art and design, and it contains thousands of reasons to pay a visit. This film looks at some of the museum's highlights - to ensure that first-time visitors don't miss them, and so that V&A devotees will remember what makes the V&A special.
The V&A has unrivalled collections of contemporary and historic art and design. It houses some of the world's greatest resources for architecture, fashion, photography, theatre and performance, sculpture, contemporary design, ceramics, Asian art and design, furniture, textiles, jewellery, metalwork and many more. There is extensive online access to authoritative information and the knowledge of leading experts.
Take a look at what goes on behind-the-scenes in the world’s greatest museum of art and design. From bestselling exhibitions to hidden gems in the collections, learn about our latest projects, ideas and discoveries. Contributors hail from all over the Museum and include curators, educators, librarians, exhibition teams, artists, designers and archivists.
National Art Library
Monday: CLOSED | Tuesday: 10.00 - 17.30 | Wednesday: 10.00 - 17.30 | Thursday: 10.00 - 17.30 | Friday: 10.00 – 18.30 | Saturday: 10.00 - 17.30 | Sunday: CLOSED. The National Art Library is a major public reference library of fine and decorative arts of many countries and periods. Please check the Visiting the National Art Library page for planned closures.
History of the V&A
The Victoria and Albert Museum's collections span two thousand years of art in virtually every medium, from many parts of the world, and visitors to the Museum encounter a treasure house of amazing and beautiful objects. The story of the V&A's foundation helps to explain its astonishing richness and diversity.