Victoria and Albert Museum London
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
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What we offer
The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's greatest museum of art and design.
Free self-guided visits
Primary pupils can enjoy cross-curricular learning in a spectacular setting – a visit to the V and A will bring the curriculum alive! Secondary school students can discover new skills and find inspiration for project work in Art and Design, Design and Technology, Performing Arts, English and History.
Every two months we send an e-newsletter listing upcoming events and special offers specific to schools. You can sign up for the e-newsletter at: http://www.vam.ac.uk/signup
What makes us a great choice?
There are thousands of objects on display that span many centuries and cultures and cover subjects including fashion, furniture, costume, set design, product design, sculpture and ceramics.
We provide hands-on learning experiences – step into Medieval, Tudor and Victorian worlds, discover what homes were like in different centuries, or explore China, Japan, India and the Islamic Middle East.
It's free to visit the V and A's permanent collections and we offer concessionary student and teacher tickets for group visits to our popular temporary exhibitions.
Our Schools programme is flexible, creative and inspiring, with the option to organise tailor-made workshops. We run events for pupils and teachers that are easy to book, easy to prepare for and inspiring once you’re here.
We have a lunchroom, cloakroom and state-of-the-art facilities and if the sun shines you can take advantage of our internal courtyard garden.
Group Sizes Catered For
Various depending on the type of activity.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
Our free online resources help both Primary and Secondary teachers prepare for a class visit to the galleries and explore a range of subjects including Art and Design D and T English Drama History Music Geography Maths and Citizenship.
You can find our online resources at www.vam.ac.uk/schools and can search by subject or by Key Stage.
Plus we have a free online database called Search the Collections with over 250000 images of the items in our collections that you can download for free.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
Children can take photos videos or audio in any gallery housing our permanent collections (excluding the Raphael gallery) and there are no copyright restrictions.
Entrance to the V and A and the permanent collections is free.
Concessionary student and teacher tickets are available for group visits to see our temporary exhibitions.
On booking teachers receive a complimentary ticket to prepare for their visit.
Free but we require a minimum of 10 days notice and at least one teacher for every 10 primary students.
Teaching Sessions for Key Stages 1 and 2
£60 for 1 hour £120 for 2 hours maximum of 30 students
Free but we require a minimum of 10 days notice and at least one teacher for every 15 secondary students.
£60 for 1 hour maximum of 20 students
Design or Theatre Workshops
£150 for 2.5 hours maximum 30 students
£60 maximum 140 students
£60 for 1 hour £150 for 2.5 hours
Maximum 30 students
Open Studios Workshops
Free maximum 30 students
£240 maximum 30 students
Ceramics Workshops (Spring and Summer terms only)
£240 maximum 30 students
Whole day: £500 for a whole day up to 15 people £50 for each additional person
ITT Introductory Sessions
V and A Sanctuary
D and T Symposium
First Aid Information
We have first aid on site.
V and A Shop and bookshop: children can buy a memento of their visit for as little as £1.00
Lunchroom facilities – where you can eat a packed lunch
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
Students with disabilities are very welcome and the V and A offers a range of facilities to make your visit more enjoyable. Please notify us of your needs when making your booking.
Opening Hours & Information
We are open every day of the year apart from 242526-Dec from 10.00-17.45 and until 22.00 on Fridays.
An excellent day with great school facilities. The children have experienced a lot been focused on the artifacts and really enjoyed the literary and drama content of the story workshop. Thank you! Primary School Teacher
The group had a fantastic experience as the workshop was engaging thought provoking fun and involved problem solving activities working in teams. Drama Teacher
The students enjoyed dressing up and learning about rich people's clothes. The teacher really held their attention and she used an appropriate level of language without patronizing them. She reinforced everything they had been learning about in the classroom and by coming to the Museum it brought their learning alive. SEN Physical and Sensory Needs Teacher