At most museums, it’s helpful to have a map of the floor plan to find your way around the exhibits. But at the Victoria & Albert Museum—one of the largest and most impressive museums in the world—you’ll need a complete plan of attack. With 6.5 million artifacts to discover, you’ll want to make the most of your family day, so wear good walking shoes, eat a hearty breakfast, and try to arrive close to the museum’s 10am opening time. As you enter, don’t linger too long on the Chihuly chandelier in the glass-domed atrium—there are ten miles of corridors to traverse. Save the small stuff for the end of your trip and head straight to the sculpture wing for the museum’s most staggering display: the cast courts. Hold your child’s hand tightly as you gawk at ancient columns and ornate caskets of bygone kings, wandering around the large pedestal of a full-sized recreation of Trajan’s Column jutting upwards toward the skylights. Branching off these wings are more than 100 different galleries. Let the little ones guide you past ornate garments from the East, medieval metalwork, and exotic ceramics befitting an empress. When you need a break, head to the garden courtyard. There, you can let the kids run on the grass and totter around the fountain as you enjoy a calming tea break in view of the mosaics lining the loggia of the café building. As much as there is to see, it’s best to take your time to appreciate the masterpieces of 5,000 years of history. Admission is free, so you can always come back another day to catch what you missed the first time.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Rd SW7 2RL

44 20 7942 2000

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