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Admission to the V&A is free

Some exhibitions and events carry a separate charge

V&A, Cromwell Road view

Museum opening hours

10.00 - 17.45 daily
10.00 - 22.00 Friday (reduced gallery openings after 18.00)

Exhibitions close 15 minutes prior to Museum closing times.

Closed 24, 25 and 26 December

The tunnel entrance to the V&A is open from 10.00 - 17.40 Saturday to Thursday and 10.00 - 20.00 on Fridays.

Other opening hours

The National Art Library

10.00 - 17.30 Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00 - 18.30 Friday.

The Prints & Drawings Study Room

By appointment only. Appointments are available at 10.15 and 14.15 Tuesday to Friday.

RIBA Architecture Study Rooms

By appointment only. 10.00 - 17.00 Tuesday to Saturday.

South & South-East Asian Study Room

By appointment only.

Ceramics Study Room

By appointment only. 10.00 - 12.00 & 14.00 - 16.00 Monday to Friday.

Archive and Library Study Room, Blythe House, Olympia

Containing the Archive of Art and Design, the V&A Archive, the V&A Theatre and Performance Collections and the Beatrix Potter Collections.

By appointment only.

AAD, V&A Archive and Beatrix Potter Collections: 10.00 - 16.30 Tuesday to Friday

Theatre & Performance Collections: 10.15 – 16.30 Wednesday to Friday

Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion, Blythe House, Olympia

By appointment only. 10.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 16.30, Tuesday to Friday.

Plan your journey to the V&A using Transport For London's Journey Planner

Parking information

Find out about parking arrangements around the V&A

Places to stay

There are a wide selection of accommodation options close to the V&A. The following hotels support the Museum.

Eating & drinking

V&A Cafe
The V&A Café
Garden Café
10.00 -17.15 daily
10.00-21.30 Fridays

Kids eat free during October half-term. This offer includes one free kids meal portion for every adult meal purchased. Please ask your server for more details.

The V&A Cafe offers a wide selection of freshly prepared hot dishes, salads, sandwiches, pasties & home made cakes, as well as hot & cold drinks, wine and beer. Children's meal deals are available on all the different food stations. High chairs are provided in the main cafe as well as the Garden Cafe.

The Garden Cafe is open all year round ( except in December and January) and it offers sandwiches, salads, cakes, hot & cold drinks, wine and beer.

Packed lunches can be eaten in the Learning Centre's Lunchroom on the 3rd floor.

Download a sample menu

For more information contact v&


Digital & print maps

Use our digital map to 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. Printed maps are available at all entrance points of the Museum, and you can also print a map of the V&A before your visit.

Launch the Digital Map

Download: V&A Map (PDF file 8.3 MB)

Disability & access

There is full access to the galleries and the V&A has a wide range of services for disabled visitors. For more information visit Disability and access


There are cloakrooms at the Grand Entrance and on the Exhibition Road Entrance  on Level 1. Bags larger than the maximum size of airline carry-on luggage will not be accepted. We also cannot accept prams, trolleys, bikes (folding or otherwise), scooters or perishable food.

Cloakrooms are free, but a voluntary donation is welcome.

Photography and sketching

Photography and sketching are permitted throughout most of the Museum, except in our Temporary Exhibition spaces. For more information visit Access and Photography of V&A Collections and Exhibitions


The V&A Garden

We aim to open all galleries at all times. On Friday evenings only selected galleries remain open after 18.00. If you are coming to the Museum to see something in a specific gallery, you are advised to call the following number in advance to check before you travel: +44 (0)20 7942 2211, 09.00-17.30, Monday to Friday.

Rooms 17 - 20 Buddhist Sculpture: The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Gallery of Buddhist Sculpture

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