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Private Victoria & Albert Museum Tour: Greatest Collection of Arts and Crafts

3.8 (15)
London, GB
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Private Victoria & Albert Museum Tour: Greatest Collection of Arts and Crafts

3.8 (15)
London, GB
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Step inside the Victoria and Albert Museum and be transported to a world of art and craftsmanship. This private tour takes you through the stunning galleries of this Victorian masterpiece, showcasing a diverse array of masterpieces from around the globe. Marvel at the world's finest collection of applied arts, including weapons and armor, tapestries and carpets, and exquisite ceramics. Admire works by the great masters such as Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Rodin, and explore the Islamic Galleries that house the spectacular Ardabil Carpet, the largest and finest carpet in the world. Your knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights into the history and significance of each piece, making this a truly immersive and enriching experience. Join this exclusive tour and unlock the secrets of the Victoria and Albert Museum's greatest collection of arts and crafts.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 3 hours
  • Suitable for 1-8 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore the world's finest collection of applied arts
  • Marvel at sculptures and paintings by renowned artists
  • Discover ancient textiles and modern chairs
  • Admire Bernini's largest marble statue outside of Italy
  • Immerse yourself in the Islamic Galleries' treasures
  • Private tour
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Introduction

Your tour begins at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London’s Victorian center of art and crafts, created by the Royal Couple. It is now a museum showcasing arts and crafts from all countries, styles, and periods. With an impressive collection of oil paintings, watercolors, sculptures, theatrical costumes, furniture, silver, jewelry, and architectural examples, the Victoria and Albert Museum offers a comprehensive display of applied arts. Explore the world's finest collection of weapons and armors, tapestries and carpets, furniture and ceramics, fashion, and modern design. This private tour is led by a professional guide specializing in art history, ensuring you gain in-depth knowledge and insights.

What to expect?

During this 180-minute tour, experience a journey through history as you are introduced to the most remarkable objects designed by artists and craftsmen. Your guide will take you through the main galleries, highlighting European, American, and Asian art. You will also witness the impressive accomplishments of the first prefab glass building, originally constructed for The Great Exhibition of 1851. Marvel at ancient textiles, modern chairs, works by renowned artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo, Bernini, and Giambologna. Discover an array of exquisite artifacts, including the Ardabil Carpet, Tipu’s Tiger, Indian and European jewelry, miniatures, clothes by top designers, and a vast collection of glass and ceramics.

Who is this for?

This private Victoria & Albert Museum tour is perfect for art enthusiasts, history lovers, and those seeking a deeper understanding of design and craftsmanship. Whether you are a local or a visitor to London, this tour provides an exceptional opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of art and crafts. From young adults with a passion for creativity to seasoned travelers with a fascination for cultural heritage, this tour appeals to a diverse range of individuals keen on exploring the realm of fine arts.

Why book this?

Embark on this immersive tour of the Victoria and Albert Museum to uncover a treasure trove of artistic masterpieces and craftsmanship. Led by a knowledgeable art history specialist, this private tour offers personalized insights into the museum's extensive collection. Whether it's learning about the historical significance of the Great Exhibition or admiring iconic works by the likes of Michelangelo and Leonardo, this experience promises to be both educational and awe-inspiring. By booking this tour, you guarantee yourself an enriching and memorable journey through the world of art and design.

Good to know

Important details regarding this private Victoria & Albert Museum tour include a total duration of 180 minutes. The meeting point is the main entrance of the museum, where your guide will be waiting for you with a notice displaying your name. The Victoria and Albert Museum is located in Cromwell Road, London, and your tour will conclude at the museum's exit. The tour includes access to various galleries featuring European, American, and Asian art, as well as a wide range of applied arts. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing collection of paintings, sculptures, jewelry, textiles, furniture, and ceramics. Gain valuable insights from your professional guide and witness the pinnacle of artistic achievements throughout history.

Reviews

Visitors who have experienced this private Victoria & Albert Museum tour have expressed their delight and satisfaction with the comprehensive insights provided by the knowledgeable guides. They have praised the tour for offering a deeper understanding of art history and the significance of various artifacts. Travelers have mentioned the tour as being informative, engaging, and well-paced, allowing ample time to appreciate the vast collection. Many have commended the professionalism and expertise of the guides, enhancing their overall experience. This tour receives widespread praise for its ability to cater to both casual visitors and avid art enthusiasts, leaving a lasting impression of the Victoria and Albert Museum as a must-visit cultural landmark in London.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

V&A - Victoria and Albert Museum

After joining your guide you will be introduced to the most amazing objects designed by artists and craftsmen. Started as a school of design since 1836, the Museum was soon called “A People’s Palace", which was re-established to continue the famous Crystal Palace Exhibition. Its future Director Henry Cole said: “This Museum based on Design and Manufacture will educate designers, inspire manufacturers and reform the taste of the public at large. Your guide who will show you briefly the main Museum Galleries of European, American and Asian Art, will concentrate in the highlight of the Museum. He or she will show you the mode of the first prefab glass building used to hold in the Park the Great Exhibition of 1851 called “The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations”, later expanded to all Arts. You will see Ancient Textiles and Modern Chairs, works by Michelangelo, Leonardo and Giambologna; Bernini’s largest marble statue moved out of Italy; Canova and Rodin’s sculptures. In the Islamic Galleries the Ardabil Carpet, the largest and finest carpet in the world; Tipu’s Tiger from Misore; Indian Jewellery, European Jewellery from Ancient to Modern times, Miniatures and Limnings, Clothes by the best designers of our day, Glass and Ceramics galore, etc. etc. This private tour is hosted by a professional guide specializing in art history.

Reviews

(15)

3.8 (15)

Nell_C

We had a private tour with Mark. Nice enough guy. Duration 3 hours. He may have been knowledgeable but he was boring and unengaging. It wasn’t worth the money for a private tour.

Margaret_M

My husband and I had never visited the Victoria & Albert Museum, despite many visits to London. Our guide, Mark Bishop was extraordinary! His knowledge of both the history and the art and design features of the collections was detailed and delightful. His ability to give both historic overview and insight of each collection really brought the collections to life.

Jessica_R

Wonderful tour with fabulous information on both the history and purpose of the museum coupled with specific exhibits to illustrate.

Patrick_F

We had a great tour!! We absolutely loved our guide and felt she did a tremendous job! We saw a great amount of the museum and many highlights!!

Fleurbarnes

Don’t be taken in by this scam. The Victoria and Albert Museum is free (except for temporary exhibitions which charge for admission). More to the point the museum has a team of expert voluntary guides who run FREE tours throughout the day (see V&A website for details and reviews).

Denise D

The V&A put on some great exhibitions and this was one of them. I learned so much about this amazing woman and I had no idea what a challenging life she had with her health. The V&A is a fantastic venue and was able to cope with the mass of people who wanted to go. The staff really got into the mood of Frida and dressed in some of her signature pieces, which was a lovely touch.

walton1512

Not every exhibition here is up to scratch - but when they do one well - its momentous and memorable. Winnie the Pooh for a recent example was divine- though what on earth those stuffed toy monstrosities in the shop have to do with the original drawings is somewhat of a mystery. Given that the VnA prides itself on being a shopping destination it needs to step up on the exhibition shops. The dining rooms - are wonderful but why oh why did they put a plastic white anonymous cafe running alongside them. I pity the poor visitors who have never discovered these rooms. You get discount as a member in the shop and cafe. The permanent exhibition of tapestries is a really great place to find a soulful peace, as are the miniature paintings.

Robert V

<p>I thought the private tour was rather expensive for what we received. The tour giude focused on Italian artwork and there was so much more to see. I wish that the tour guide had been more informative about the museum in general.</p>

Patricia F

<p>Rosa Maria is an OUTSTANDING guide !!! ... We enjoyed the tour immensely !!!</p>

Rebeca E

<p>I was totally embarrassed that I arranged this tour; the guide was not only late, he did not have any sign identifying himself or reaching out to our group; although he was very knowledgable of art history, he ran us around only to tell us mid tour that we would not be doing the walking tour of Apsley House, because it was closed. His appearance was dis-shoveled, and he kept checking his cell phone???? I wish I could recommend this tour;</p>
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2024-04-18 07:08