10 Reasons Why The V&A Is The Best Museum In The World

10 Reasons Why The V&A Is The Best Museum In The World

We love the Victoria and Albert Museum, here’s our pick of the events, exhibitions and quirky fun to be had at the culture hub.

1. David Bowie is… | 23 March 2013-28 July 2013 | £15.40

The most fantastic tribute to the Bowie Legend in March packed full of more than 300 objects that include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs and Bowie’s own instruments.

2. Queer Film Day | 1-3 February 2013 | £4/3

Join the V&A’s LGBTQ network for a weekend film festival and explore queer cinema from around the world in relation to objects in the Museum’s collection. The programme includes ‘Outrageous!’  in which Craig Russell plays Robin, a feminine hairdresser with an impressive talent for drag, impersonating Bette Davis, Tallulah Bankhead, Ethel Merman, Judy Garland, Mae West and more!

3. Friday Lates | Friday 22 February: The Secret Life of Furniture & Friday 29 March: Eat, Ride, Sleep, Repeat | Free

A monthly themed soirée featuring drinks, talks, workshops and films. The next one is Red Carpet Hollywood themed so get your gladrags on.

4. Great Value V&A Membership | From £28 (by Direct Debit)

Great value membership for under £30 for under 26s which includes free entry to all exhibitions, members preview days, special members events, V&A Magazine & much more.

5. Theatre Screenings |

See some modern classics of the stage on film like Polly Stenham’s ‘Tusk Tusk’, ‘Hedda Gabler’ with Benedict Cumberbatch and hilarious Boeing Boeing.

6. Superstar in a House Dress | Fri 22 March 2013 19:30 | £4/3

Superstar in a Housedress is a film, which discovers the life and legend of sexually ambiguous Warhol superstar Jackie Curtis. The film Performer, playwright and poet Jackie Curtis is remembered by thirty friends and colleagues, including Holly Woodlawn, Harvey Fierstein, Penny Arcade, Paul Morrissey, and Lily Tomlin.

7. John Major – Music Hall | Tue 26 February 2013 18:30 | £9/6

Join Former Prime Minister John Major as he reveals his own unconventional family past and explores the richly colourful story of the British music hall.

8. ‘Posters: Creation, Collection and Context’ Conference | Fri 1 March 2013 10:30 | £25/20/10 (student)

A unique symposium discussing the art of the poster, where you can discover how historic poster collections are re-presented and re-displayed for a contemporary audience.

9. Free Galleries

Amongst our favourite hidden gems are the Theatre & Performance Galleries, The Ionides Collection (fine art) and

10. The Shop

Great design shop not forgetting a separate bookshop full of coffee table books.

Rupert Dannreuther

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.