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Admission to the V&A is free

Some exhibitions and events carry a separate charge.

The V&A Garden

Museum opening hours

10.00 to 17.45 daily
10.00 to 22.00 Fridays (selected galleries remain open after 18.00 - please see Gallery Closures for further information)
Closing commences 10 minutes before time stated

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 but may be closed on occasion on the advice of London Underground.

Other opening hours

The National Art Library

Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 - 17.30, Friday 10.00 - 18.30

Please go to the National Art Library pages for full details of opening times and closures.

The Prints & Drawings study room and the RIBA Architecture study rooms

Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 - 17.00

Please go to the Study Rooms page for more information.

Indian & South-East Asian study room

Available by appointment only, from Tuesday to Thursday inclusive.
Please go to the Study Rooms page for more information.

Archive and Library Study Room, Blythe House

The Archive and Library Study Room at Blythe House serves the Archive of Art and Design, the V&A Archive, the V&A Theatre and Performance Collections and the Beatrix Potter Collections.
Available by appointment only, Tuesday to Friday 10.00 - 16.30  (Theatre & Performance Collections from 10.15).
Please go to the Archives page for more information

Clothworkers’ Centre for Textiles and Fashion Study and Conservation (located at Blythe House, Olympia)

Tuesday to Friday between 10.00 and 13.00 and 14.00 and 16.30. The Study Centre is open by appointment. There is no charge but it is essential to book.
It is closed on public holidays and throughout August for the annual audit.

The Clothworkers' Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion is located at Blythe House, at Olympia in West London.

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Location

The Victoria and Albert Museum is located at Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

  
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Getting here 

By public transport

London Underground (The Tube): The V&A is a five minute walk from South Kensington underground station (on the Piccadilly, Circle and District Line). South Kensington is a five minute tube journey from Victoria, ten minutes from Covent Garden and Leicester Square and 15 minutes from King's Cross St Pancras.

The V&A is a ten minute walk from Knightsbridge underground station (on the Piccadilly Line). Knightsbridge is a ten minute tube journey from Covent Garden and Leicester Square and 15 minutes from Kings Cross St Pancras.

Bus: Buses C1, 14, 74 and 414 stop outside the Cromwell Road entrance. The Open Tour stop outside the Museum as part of their Double Decker Bus sightseeing tour of London.

By bicycle

The V&A is a couple of minutes ride via Exhibition Road from the cycle paths in Hyde Park. Cycle parking is available at Cromwell Gardens immediately to the right of the Grand Entrance. In the Museum there is also a cloakroom for your cycle gear. Find out more from Transport for London.

By foot

The V&A is ten minute walk from Harrods, Knightsbridge and Hyde Park.

By road

By road Cromwell Road is the main A4 route into London from the West.

Blue Badge parking

There are twelve blue badge parking spaces on Exhibition Road managed by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and are on a first come first serve basis.

By coach

Coach pick-up and drop-off point on Exhibition Road is severely restricted. Coach drivers are strongly advised to use the coach pick-up and drop-off points on the north side of Cromwell Road in front of the Natural History Museum. There are also coach pick-up and drop-off facilities on the southeast corner of Queen's Gate (which runs parallel to Exhibition Road). Alternative coach drop-off points include outside the V&A on Cromwell Road and on Kensington Gore between the Royal Albert Hall and Royal College of Art. The nearest coach parks are located at Warwick Road, Bayswater Road and Park Lane.

Places to stay

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

Facilities

Accessibility

The Museum has a wide range of services for disabled visitors. For further details visit the Disability section. You can also call +44 (0)20 7942 2211, 9.00-17.30, seven days a week or textphone +44 (0)20 7942 2002.

Group visits

The V&A has a wide range of services for all types of group to ensure that your needs are met and your visit is as enjoyable and hassle free as possible. For further information go to Group Visits.

Families

The V&A has extensive facilities for families:

Family eating and drinking

The main Café, open 10.00-17.15, and 10.00-21.30 on Fridays, is great for children, with a wide range of food for all tastes. The Garden Café is also open during the summer for drinks and snacks 10.00-17.15 and is open 10.00-21.30 on Fridays. High chairs are provided in the main café. Main meals are half-price for children under 10. There is also a water fountain next to the telephones on Level 1 by Stair M.

For more information about places to eat at the V&A visit Eating & Drinking .

Baby change

Nearly all toilets have baby change facilities - look for the baby change symbol on the Museum map.

Pushchairs

The V&A is spread over seven levels and a number of interconnecting buildings. The Museum map shows which routes are non-accessible for pushchairs due to steps, but please ask a member of staff if you need help at any time.

For information on our events and activities for families visit Families.

Corporate events

The V&A is available for daytime and evening corporate events. For further details see the venue hire section or call.

Cloakrooms

There are cloakrooms at the Grand Entrance on Level 1 and near the Tunnel Entrance on Level 0. The cloakrooms are for coats, umbrellas and bags and have limited capacity. Bags larger than 56cm x 45cm x 25cm (22ins x 18ins x 10ins) ie the maximum size of airline carry-on luggage, will not be accepted. We also cannot accept large suitcases, prams, trolleys, bikes (folding or otherwise), scooters or perishable food.

Cloakrooms are free. A voluntary donation is welcome.

V&A Maps

Interactive Digital Map

V&A Digital Map for tablets and mobile phones

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. The V&A interactive digital map is simple to use and works on most tablets, smartphones and computers.

Launch the Digital Map

Print maps

V&A Maps are also available at all entrance points of the museum, and you can also print a map of the V&A before your visit.

Download: V&A Map (PDF file 7.5 MB)

You can view this map using the free Adobe Reader software.

The V&A Digital Map is a beta version. It is fully functioning, although new features may be added and its appearance may change slightly as it is being enhanced.

Gallery Guidelines

We are happy for you to sketch and use photography throughout most of the museum, but please do so respectfully. For more information about sketching and photography in the galleries please visit our Photography in the Galleries and Guidelines for Using the Galleries pages.

Please note Photography and Sketching are not permitted in our Temporary Exhibition spaces.

Eating and Drinking

The V&A Café

The Café is open 10.00-17.15 and 10.00-21.30 on Fridays.

The V&A Café offers hot dishes, salads, sandwiches, pastries and cakes, as well as hot and cold drinks, wine and beer.  All food is prepared and cooked on the premises using fresh food, bought daily. There is a tap water dispenser in the Café.

The Café is located in the V&A's original refreshment rooms, the Morris, Gamble and Poynter Rooms. These three rooms formed the first museum restaurant in the world and were intended as a showpiece of modern design, craftsmanship and manufacturing.

On Friday evenings, a table service restaurant is operated in the Morris Room where a set menu of two or three courses is offered. Booking is advisable. Please email: v&a@benugo.com

The Garden Café

The Garden Café is open during the summer for drinks and snacks 10.00-17.15.

The Cafés are run by award-winning London caterers, Benugo. For more information about the Cafés, please contact v&a@benugo.com.

Packed lunches

Packed lunches may be eaten in the Learning Centre Lunchroom. For groups wishing to book the Lunchroom, please see the Booking an educational visit to the V&A page.

Galleries being refurbished

We aim to open all galleries at all times. On Friday evenings only selected galleries remain open after 18:00. Occasionally, galleries need to be closed at short notice to allow for conservation, maintenance works or events. 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.

FuturePlan is a major redevelopment programme designed to transform the V&A and make the museum and its collections even more accessible to everyone. As a consequence, some galleries are closed for refurbishment.


Room 1: Baroque, Europe 1600-1700

  • Rooms 1-7 closed to the public on 6 April 2010. The space is being redeveloped to show European decorative art and design between 1600-1800. It will re-open in winter 2014 following a major refurbishment.
This gallery is scheduled to reopen on Tue 09 Dec 2014

Room 2: Baroque, Europe 1600-1700

  • Rooms 1-7 closed to the public on 6 April 2010. The space is being redeveloped to show European decorative art and design between 1600-1800. It will re-open in winter 2014 following a major refurbishment.
This gallery is scheduled to reopen on Tue 09 Dec 2014

Room 3: Baroque, Europe 1600-1700

  • Rooms 1-7 closed to the public on 6 April 2010. The space is being redeveloped to show European decorative art and design between 1600-1800. It will re-open in winter 2014 following a major refurbishment.
This gallery is scheduled to reopen on Tue 09 Dec 2014

Room 4: Rococo & Neo-Classicism, Europe 1700-1800

  • Rooms 1-7 closed to the public on 6 April 2010. The space is being redeveloped to show European decorative art and design between 1600-1800. It will re-open in winter 2014 following a major refurbishment.
This gallery is scheduled to reopen on Tue 09 Dec 2014

Room 5: Rococo & Neo-Classicism, Europe 1700-1800

  • Rooms 1-7 closed to the public on 6 April 2010. The space is being redeveloped to show European decorative art and design between 1600-1800. It will re-open in winter 2014 following a major refurbishment.
This gallery is scheduled to reopen on Tue 09 Dec 2014

Room 6: Rococo & Neo-Classicism, Europe 1700-1800

  • Rooms 1-7 closed to the public on 6 April 2010. The space is being redeveloped to show European decorative art and design between 1600-1800. It will re-open in winter 2014 following a major refurbishment.
This gallery is scheduled to reopen on Tue 09 Dec 2014

Room 7: Rococo & Neo-Classicism, Europe 1700-1800

  • Rooms 1-7 closed to the public on 6 April 2010. The space is being redeveloped to show European decorative art and design between 1600-1800. It will re-open in winter 2014 following a major refurbishment.
This gallery is scheduled to reopen on Tue 09 Dec 2014

Room 46b: Cast Courts

  • This gallery is closed due to contractual works taking place although casts in Rooms 46a & 46b and the works currently going on can be viewed from above in Room 111.


Room 48a: The Raphael Cartoons

  • Please note that the Raphael Gallery will be closed to visitors from 1 – 13 September and 24 October – 2 November, whilst we install / deinstall a major project for the London Design Festival at the V&A
This gallery is scheduled to reopen on Sat 13 Sep 2014

Room 70: Early silver

  • The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries are temporarily closed to protect objects during the Exhibition Road Building project. The galleries will reopen in 2015. In the meantime, a selection of gold boxes from the collection will go on travelling exhibitions to Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (September 2014-March 2015), and to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (April 2015-.July 2015) The project will provide a beautifully designed courtyard, new entrance into the V&A and exhibition gallery, as well as a café for our visitors. It forms part of FuturePlan, our ambitious and long-term programme that is transforming the V&A by revitalising visitor facilities and redisplaying the collections.


Room 71: Huguenot, Regency and Virtuoso silver

  • The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries are temporarily closed to protect objects during the Exhibition Road Building project. The galleries will reopen in 2015. In the meantime, a selection of gold boxes from the collection will go on travelling exhibitions to Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (September 2014-March 2015), and to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (April 2015-.July 2015) The project will provide a beautifully designed courtyard, new entrance into the V&A and exhibition gallery, as well as a café for our visitors. It forms part of FuturePlan, our ambitious and long-term programme that is transforming the V&A by revitalising visitor facilities and redisplaying the collections.


Room 72: Boxes and Micromosaics

  • The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries are temporarily closed to protect objects during the Exhibition Road Building project. The galleries will reopen in 2015. In the meantime, a selection of gold boxes from the collection will go on travelling exhibitions to Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (September 2014-March 2015), and to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (April 2015-.July 2015) The project will provide a beautifully designed courtyard, new entrance into the V&A and exhibition gallery, as well as a café for our visitors. It forms part of FuturePlan, our ambitious and long-term programme that is transforming the V&A by revitalising visitor facilities and redisplaying the collections.


Room 73: Italian Souvenirs

  • The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries are temporarily closed to protect objects during the Exhibition Road Building project. The galleries will reopen in 2015. In the meantime, a selection of gold boxes from the collection will go on travelling exhibitions to Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles (September 2014-March 2015), and to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (April 2015-.July 2015) The project will provide a beautifully designed courtyard, new entrance into the V&A and exhibition gallery, as well as a café for our visitors. It forms part of FuturePlan, our ambitious and long-term programme that is transforming the V&A by revitalising visitor facilities and redisplaying the collections.

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

  • The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Gallery of Buddhist Sculpture is temporarily closed to protect the objects whilst the Exhibition Road Building project is underway.  Several objects are temporarily located in gallery 47e.

    The project will provide a beautifully designed courtyard, new entrance into the V&A and exhibition gallery, as well as a café for our visitors. It forms part of FuturePlan, our ambitious and long-term programme that is transforming the V&A by revitalising visitor facilities and redisplaying the collections.

    The gallery will reopen in 2017 on completion of the Exhibition Road Building Project.

The Wolsey Angels Appeal

We urgently need your help to raise the £5,000,000 it will cost for the V&A to acquire four Renaissance angels cast for the tomb of Cardinal Wolsey and later in the possession of Henry VIII.

Help us buy The Wolsey Angels

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