Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
South Kensington
London
Greater London
SW7 2RL
England

Website

www.vam.ac.uk

E-mail

vanda@vam.ac.uk

Telephone

Events Bookings

020 7942 2211

Exhibitions Bookings

020 7907 7073

Fax

020 7942 2266

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The V&A Courtyard
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The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is the world’s greatest museum of art and design.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Daily 10.00-17.45
Friday 10.00-22.00

Closed: 24-26 December

Admission charges

Admission free
There may be a charge for some special exhibitions and events

Getting there

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 site-seeing tour of London.

Additional info

See website for details

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 Museum was established in 1852, following the enormous success of the Great Exhibition the previous year. Its founding principle was to make works of art available to all, to educate working people and to inspire British designers and manufacturers.

The Museum's ceramics, glass, textiles, dress, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, sculpture, paintings, prints and photographs now span the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa, and date from ancient times to the present day.

Although the V&A's collections are international in their scope, they contain many particularly important British works - especially British silver, ceramics, textiles and furniture.

Part of the RIBA Trust's British Architecture Library, a Designated Collection of national importance, is on display at this museum.

The collection provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of architecture. It is fundamental to the study of architecture in Britain and is nationally and internationally significant.

Items from this collection

Collection details

World Cultures, Weapons and War, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Photography, Personalities, Performing Arts, Music, Fine Art, Design, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Architecture, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • The British Galleries 1500-1900 tell the story of British design from the Tudor age to the Victorian era. Fifteen completely refurbished galleries are filled with exhibits reflecting all of the top British designers of the times. The galleries are enhanced by computer interactives, objects to handle, video screens and audio programmes. Highlights include the gigantic Great Bed of Ware (mentioned in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night) and the wedding suit worn by James II. Inspirational, beautiful and unmatched in scope, the British Galleries offer an entirely new visitor experience in a stunning and innovative setting.
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Colour photograph of fashion designer Valentino posing with models nearby Trevi Fountain. Rome,

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014

  • 5 April — 27 July 2014 *on now

This major exhibition is a glamorous, comprehensive look at Italian Fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present day. The story is explored through the key individuals and organisations that have contributed to its reputation for quality and style.

On display are around 90 ensembles and accessories for men and women by leading Italian fashion houses including Simonetta, Pucci, Sorelle Fontana, Valentino, Gucci, Missoni, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Versace, through to the next generation of fashion talent.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13.50 Full, including donation* (+£1.40 booking fee per ticket)
£11 Senior citizens, including donation* (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£12 Full (+£1.40 booking fee per ticket)
£10 Senior citizens (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£8 Full-time students, 12 - 17 year olds, ES40 holders, disabled people (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£20 (+£2.80 booking fee per ticket)/£32 (+£3.20 booking fee per ticket). Family tickets (one adult & two 12 - 17 year olds/ two adults and two 12 - 17 year olds)

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-the-glamour-of-italian-fashion-1945-2014/visitor-and-ticket-information/

A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution

  • 1 May — 2 November 2014 *on now

From the ‘Votes for Women’ campaigns of the early 20th century to the recent Occupy movements, political activists around the world have used posters to mobilise, educate and organise. Making or displaying a poster is in itself a means of taking political action, while for many social and political movements posters have represented an important form of cultural output. Themes of protest and political participation have gained a powerful contemporary resonance in the wake of the Arab Spring and the global financial crisis. This display looks at a century of posters agitating for political change drawn from the V&A collection, including new acquisitions gathered from recent outbursts of protest.

Suitable for

Admission

Free

Embroidered silk satin wedding dress designed by Norman Hartnell, 1933 Worn by Margaret Whigham for her marriage to Charles Sweeny  Artist: Given and worn by Margaret, Duchess of Argyll   Date: 1933  Credit line: © Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

Wedding Dresses 1775-2014

  • 3 May 2014 — 15 March 2015 *on now

This exhibition will trace the development of the fashionable white wedding dress and its treatment by key fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang offering a panorama of fashion over the last two centuries.

On display will be the most romantic, glamorous and extravagant wedding dresses from the V&A’s superb collection and will include some important new acquisitions as well as loans including the purple dress worn by Dita Von Teese for her marriage to Marilyn Manson and the outfits worn by Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale on their wedding day.

The exhibition will highlight the histories of the dresses, revealing fascinating details about the lives of the wearers and offering an intimate insight into their circumstances and fashion choices.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets £12.00. V&A Members free.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/wedding-dress-1775-2014/

Painting by M.F. Husain

M.F. Husain: Master of Modern Indian Painting

  • 28 May — 27 July 2014 *on now

M.F. Husain (1915-2011) is one of the most celebrated and internationally recognised Indian artists of the 20th century.

Indian Civilization comprises a series of monumental triptych paintings which represent Husain’s vision of the richness of Indian culture and history. Capturing India’s vibrant cities, colourful Hindu festivals, iconic figures and historic events, these unique paintings will be on view to the public for the first time.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/mfhusain/

A silver inflatable cobblestone surrounded by people in in the middle of a street

Disobedient Objects

  • 26 July 2014 — 1 February 2015

From Suffragette teapots to protest robots, this exhibition will be the first to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change. It will demonstrate how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design.

Disobedient Objects will focus on the period from 1980 to the present, a time that has brought new technologies and political challenges. On display will be arts of rebellion from around the world that illuminate the role of making in grassroots movements for social change: finely woven banners; defaced currency; changing designs for barricades and blockades; political video games; an inflatable general assembly to facilitate consensus decision-making; experimental activist-bicycles; and textiles bearing witness to political murders.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/disobedient-objects/disobedient-objects-about-the-exhibtion/

Photograph of woman in corset

Horst: Photographer of Style

  • 6 September 2014 — 4 January 2015

This autumn the V&A will present the definitive retrospective of the work of Horst P. Horst (1906-99), one of the 20th century’s master photographers. In a career that spanned six decades, Horst photographed the exquisite creations of couturiers such as Chanel, Schiaparelli and Vionnet in 1930s Paris, and helped to launch the careers of many models. In New York a decade later, he experimented with early colour techniques and his meticulously composed, artfully lit images leapt from the magazine page.

The exhibition will display Horst’s best known photographs alongside unpublished and rarely exhibited vintage prints, conveying the diversity of his output, from surreal still lifes to portraits of Hollywood stars, nudes and nature studies to documentary pictures of the Middle East. It will examine his creative process through the inclusion of original contact sheets, sketches and archive film footage.

Admission

£9 Full, including donation* (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£8 Senior citizens, including donation* (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£8 Full (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£7 Senior citizens (+£1 booking fee per ticket)
£6 Full-time students, 12 - 17 year olds, ES40 holders, disabled people (+£1 booking fee per ticket)
£14 Family of 1 adult & 2 12-17 year olds (+£2.30 booking fee per ticket)
£22 Family of 2 adults & 2 12-17 year olds (+£2.80 booking fee per ticket)

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-horst-photographer-of-style/

Landscape painting by Constable, Branch Hill Pond, Hampstead, c.1821-22

Constable: The Making of a Master

  • 20 September 2014 — 11 January 2015

This exhibition will reveal the hidden stories of how Constable created some of his most loved and well-known paintings. It will present Constable’s work for the first time alongside the old masters of classical landscape such as Ruisdael and Claude whose compositional ideas and formal values he revered and studied in great depth.

On display will be such famous works as The Haywain together with the oil sketches he painted outdoors direct from nature which are widely held to be unequalled at capturing transient effects of light and atmosphere. The exhibition will also examine Constable’s collection of over 5000 etchings, a vital resource for his own image making, as well as the mezzotints of his paintings made in the last decade of his life to secure his lasting legacy.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-constable-the-making-of-a-master/

In Black and White: Prints and Posters from Africa and the Diaspora

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 June 2015

This display features a variety of powerful graphic images from the 1960s to the present – prints, posters, books and ephemera – by notable artists as well as anonymous activists. Some works address social and political issues head on, others reflect their time and place more subtly, but they all confirm print as a vital medium for personal expression, protest, and cultural exchange.

Suitable for

Admission

Free

Alexander McQueen Ready to Wear A/W 1998

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

  • 14 March — 19 July 2015

Celebrating the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will be the first and largest retrospective of McQueen's work to be presented in Europe.

The V&A is delighted to announce that it will present Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in London in spring 2015. The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, the exhibition will showcase McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs will be presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.

The original version of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2011 was organised by the Costume Institute and became one of the Museum's top 10 most visited exhibitions.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£17.60 Full, including donation* (+£1.50 booking fee per ticket)
£16.50 Senior citizens, including donation* (+£1.50 booking fee per ticket)
£16 Full (+£1.50 booking fee per ticket)
£15 Senior citizens (+£1.40 booking fee per ticket)
£9 Full-time students, 12 - 17 year olds, ES40 holders, disabled people (+£1.20 booking fee per ticket)
£25 (+£3.10 booking fee per ticket)/£41 (+£3.40 booking fee per ticket). Family tickets (one adult & two 12 - 17 year olds/ two adults and two 12 - 17 year olds)

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-alexander-mcqueen-savage-beauty/visitor-and-ticket-information/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Jardin de Paris

NEW COURSE: Art and the City, Ancient to Modern

  • 22 September 2014 — 13 July 2015

(3 terms) 11.00-15.30

Many celebrated artists have been closely associated with major European and American cities, often making the city itself a subject of their work. From ancient Athens and Rome to New York, via Renaissance Florence, late 19th century Paris and interwar Berlin, cities have long been centres for artistic communities and movements.

The course will examine case studies on ancient Athens and Rome, medieval visions of the city, Renaissance Florence, Rome and the Baroque, Paris and Impressionism, Berlin and the inter-war period, New York and the Abstract Expressionists, as well as considering the development of the art world and artistic communities in cities such as London and Barcelona. Major figures like Raphael, Titian, Manet, Picasso, Dali, Pollock and Warhol will be considered as well as critics, dealers, patrons and lesser-known artists, designers and architects.

Admission

£1,750 per year, £1,400 concessions
£730 per term, £550 concessions
£60 per day, £45 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3453/art-and-the-city-ancient-to-modern-4921/

The Virgin and Child, statuette in carved boxwood, by Viet Stoss, German, early 16th century

Late Medieval to Early Renaissance 1250–1500

  • 23 September 2014 — 7 July 2015

(over 3 terms), 11.10-15.30

Examine the visual arts in an era of profound cultural, intellectual and social change. Chart important stylistic developments from High Gothic to the renaissance revival of classical antiquity, the rise of realistic representation and the emergence of artistic personalities.

Consider patterns of patronage: the collective enterprise of the great gothic cathedrals, the magnificence of princes and popes, and the growing spending power of the middle classes. Discover how the arts were affected by devotional practices and by humanist scholarship, and investigate the materials and techniques involved in artistic production. Study the work of well-known painters, sculptors and
architects from Giotto to Leonardo da Vinci alongside the decorative arts, including tapestry, stained glass, goldsmiths’ work and maiolica, all superbly represented in the V&A’s acclaimed Medieval and Renaissance Galleries.

Course Director: Dr Paula Nuttall

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£1,750 per year, £1,400 concessions
£730 per term, £550 concessions
£60 per day, £45 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3458/late-medieval-and-early-renaissance-1250-1500-1415-4926/

Bracket clock

High Renaissance to Baroque: 1500 – 1720

  • 24 September 2014 — 8 July 2015

(over 3 terms), 11.10-15.30

Explore the art, architecture and decorative arts of Europe from the High Renaissance to Baroque, focusing on Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands and England. It will include the work of some of Europe’s most celebrated artists and architects, such as Michelangelo, Bernini, Wren, Rembrandt and van Dyck. During this period the Renaissance filtered through from Italy, affecting all the arts.

The invention of printing meant that books and prints reached a new and wider audience, and quickly popularised new styles. At the same time the Reformation wrought havoc with the established order and a century of war and revolution followed. In some parts of Europe iconoclasm meant the destruction of religious art, and by the mid 17th century Europe was divided into Roman Catholic and Protestant states.

The course examines changes in patronage, with the rise of a prosperous middle class wanting portraits and genre paintings as well as consumer goods such as maiolica and textiles; it considers the effect of wars and economic policies on the production of art, metalwork and furniture, and the influence of trading voyages on imports of luxury goods from the East.

Course Director: Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Admission

£1,750 per year, £1,400 concessions
£730 per term, £550 concessions
£60 per day, £45 concessions

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3459/high-renaissance-to-baroque-1500-1750-1415-4927/

home, 1914

The Shadow of 1914: British Architecture and Design, 1900-25

  • 22 November 2014 10:30am-5:30pm

CONFERENCE: For one hundred years, the architecture of Britain in the decades either side of 1914 has been neglected by scholars and largely viewed in negative terms.

Based on the fact that 1914 acts as the chronological division point between the coverage of the Victorian and Twentieth Century Societies, this one-day conference presented jointly by the two societies aims to set out the stylistic tendencies of the time, plus wider movements in design and urbanism. It will cast light into the shadows that have lain over the period for so long.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£65.00 including lunch, £45.00 excluding lunch, students £55.00 including lunch, £35.00 excluding lunch.

Website

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3386/the-shadow-of-1914-british-architecture-and-design-1900-192-4831/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Architectural Style

http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/microsites/architecture/style_level1.php?id=0

Website with pictures and descriptions of a broad range of architectural styles, historical and contemporary Western, Asian and Islamic. There is also an interactive Style Quiz.

Drop-in Design

http://www.vam.ac.uk/activ_events/families/index.html

Hunt for ideas in the gallery then have a go at your own designs, using a design challenge. Creative sessions in the V&A's Sackler Centre on Sundays between 10.30 and 17.00, for all ages.

How to obtain

Drop-in Design events are free and there is no need to book - just drop in.

Getting there

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 site-seeing tour of London.

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