Plan a visit

Hours & admission

Admission to the Victoria and Albert Museum is free

Some exhibitions and events carry a separate charge.
Exhibitions are free for Members.

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Museum opening hours

Daily: 10.00 – 17.45
Friday: 10.00 – 22.00

Exhibitions close 15 minutes prior to Museum closing times.
Reduced gallery openings on Fridays after 17.30.
Closed 24, 25 & 26 December.

Tunnel entrance

Daily: 10.00 – 17.40
Friday: 10.00 – 22.00

Getting here

Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000


Eating & Drinking at the V&A

Enjoy a wide selection of food and drink in a choice of three exceptional spaces: the world's oldest museum restaurant with its beautifully designed period rooms, the Garden Cafe or our new Courtyard Cafe in the Exhibition Road Quarter.

Find out more about our cafés


Daily: 10.00 – 17.15
Friday: 10.00 – 21.30

The Garden Café is open year round, weather permitting in December and January.

The Courtyard Café
Monday – Friday: 08.30 – 21.30
Saturday – Sunday: 09.00 – 20.00
Please note: the Courtyard Café may open at 10.00, or close at 17.30, due to Museum events.

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Family visits

Visit the V&A for a fun and creative day out for all the family.

Free activities are available every day and special workshops run during school holidays.

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Lunch time

Children's meal deals are available in the café. High chairs are provided in the main and Garden Café.

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

Women are welcome to breastfeed throughout the Museum, quiet spaces are available for those who would prefer privacy.

Toilet facilities

Toilets can be found on levels 0 to 4. Disabled access toilets can be found on levels 1 to 4. Baby changing facilities are found on levels 0, 1, 2, and 4.


Cloakrooms can be found in the Grand Entrance and Exhibition Road Quarter.
All large bags and wheeled cases must be checked in

Luggage is charged per item:
£1 - Coats, small bags, umbrellas, child scooters, prams and pushchairs.
£3 - Cabin bags (56cm x 45cm x 21cm).
£5 - Large bags, folding bikes and adult scooters.

Items cannot be accepted 30 minutes prior to the Museum closing.

A dedicated pushchair storage area is available in the Exhibition Road Quarter.


Use our interactive map to discover the many treasures in our 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.

View Interactive Map


There is full access to the galleries and we have a wide range of services for disabled visitors.

More information

Assistance dogs are welcome. Wheelchairs, walking frames, sound enhancement equipment for guided tours, large print maps and a full access guide to the Museum are available from the information desk in the Grand Entrance.


The V&A shop

Find an inspirational range of products drawn from the Museum’s collection. All proceeds help keep the V&A free.

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Shop & bookshop

Daily: 10.00 - 17.30
Friday: 10.00 - 21.30

Other opening hours


Reduced gallery openings on Fridays after 17.30

The National Art Library

Daily: 10.00 – 17.30 (Closed Sunday & Monday)
Friday: 10.00 – 18.30
Plus seasonal closures

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Study Rooms

Prints and Drawings, RIBA Architecture, Ceramics and South & South East Asia
Access by appointment only

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Archive of Art & Design, the V&A Archive, Beatrix Potter Archives and Theatre & Performance Archives
Access by appointment only

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Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion

Access by appointment only

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Gallery closures

Room 46a
Room 38a
Room 100: Photographs
Room 101

We aim to open all galleries at all times.


If you are coming to the Museum to see something in a specific gallery, you are advised to contact us in advance of your travel – especially on Fridays after 17.30

Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2000
Monday to Sunday, 09.00 - 17.30

Book a tour

Get closer to the Museum and its collections with our programme of free and private group tours.

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Photography and sketching

Photography and sketching are welcomed throughout most of the Museum, except in some temporary exhibition spaces.

Photography, sketching and other gallery guidelines
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Places to stay

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

The Kensington Hotel
The Egerton House Hotel
Jumeirah Carlton Tower
Starhotels UK
Edwardian Hotels London