Update on our opening schedule

Digital Media
November 2, 2020

The health and safety of our visitors and staff remains our highest priority. As London moves into Tier 3 restrictions, the V&A will close its doors on Wednesday 16 December. We will be in touch with paid ticket holders as soon as we can.

2020 has been a difficult year for us all and it is, of course, a sad moment when we close our doors. However, the health and safety of our visitors and staff remains our highest priority. We must take the relevant steps to ensure the museum can remain a relaxed, inspiring and safe place for all.  

While we are closed, you can stay in touch on social media, here on our blog, or check our YouTube channel and website for a wealth of content bringing art, design and performance to life.  

We will be contacting all paid ticket holders with their options, and will update our website with the latest information and advice. Visitors will have the chance to retain their tickets for an alternative date when we reopen as well as the option to donate the value of their ticket to support the museum or a full refund. 

Support for the V&A is now more important than ever. As a charity, your donations enable our world-leading exhibitions and events as well as the care for the museum’s collection, which is enjoyed by millions for free each year.  

We would like to thank all of our members, donors and followers for their ongoing support, contributions and kind messages during these difficult times. Your ongoing support is vital, and makes the work of the museum possible.  

During this time, we will work on our preparations for reopening, updating our safety measures and progressing the planning of our future exhibitions, ready for your return. 

This post was updated on 14 December 2020 to reflect new guidance from Government

7 comments so far, view or add yours


I live in Australia, but have made a few trips to England and had the fortune of working in London.
I was quite sad to hear you were needing to close as you’re such an important part of the fabric of London.
I’ll be keeping in touch through your blog etc. and wish you all well.
From experience here, the best way to control the virus is a lockdown of places .
Best wishes, Pamela

When can I rebook for Handbag exhibition, my booking was for Dec 2nd and when trying to book for later in December all other dates seem to be booked.


I wondered with the lifting of lockdown will you be opening ?

Thank you

Can you xplain the significance of the Funubation performance in the context of the V and A galleries?

Sad to hear you had to close again. Was able to come to the Kimono exhibition in October and as usual with your exhibitions it was an amazing experience. I live in Reading so have to make a special trip for each visit but have never been disappointed and love the V&A.
I am due to come to the Handbags exhibition on January 2nd with a friend but will re-book if needed. As I am a member did not have to pay for ticket or would have donated amount. Did give a donation during the first close of the museum and am planning to do so again. Could not imagine London without this wonderful museum.

Thank you for your kind thoughts – we’ll be back as soon as we can!

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