V&A

Overview

Founded in 1852, the Victoria & Albert Museum is the leading Arts & Design museum in the world. Named for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the more than 145 galleries cover 12.5 acres (about 50K m²) with 4.5 million objects spanning 5000 years of art. We launched our treasure hunts when V&A commissioned THATMuse to build & host one of their Friday Lates. Theme? Travel!

THATConcept is identical to our other hunts (photographing your team in front of as many pieces of treasure as possible within a given amount of time – 90 mins to 2 hrs). Additional bonus challenges are embedded in your treasure text, ensuring hunters read about their treasure — making the hunt educationally flexible, fun and interactive!

Please scroll down (on this page) for themes, sample & prices


Themes

Festive Feasting

Launching for the American Thanksgiving, on Sat 25 November, Festive Feasting will have bacchanalian scavengers capturing as many culinary delights on their clue list as possible. Including ancient Korean spoons, the ornate gilded Burghley Nef (which dressed fine French dinner tables as a salt cellar), charming chalices, divine dining gowns and all the accoutrements of a good old-fashioned feast.

Travel Trail

Globe-trotting across galleries, THATMuse sends you traipsing after travel-treasure such as Chinese Silk Road camels from the Tang Dynasty to Crusading crosses & Grand Tour busts. St Christopher & St James (patron saints of travel & pilgrims, respectively) are balanced by fabulous travel gear from the V&A’s famed fashion & textiles department. Join us for the journey & don’t forget your camera to snap up the trip!


Sample clue

SACKLER COURTYARD
The Sackler wing (2017) is the V&A’s first addition in over a century. 11,000 handmade porcelain tiles in 15 different patterns meld the museum to Exhibition Road. This bright white play with geometry is above a 1,100 m2 temporary-exhibition space below. Architect Amanda Levete created an air-port sized subterranean space with 10-metre tall ceilings, and a serrated roof.  We get to glimpse down from the ramp in this £55 million courtyard. 60 THATMuse points for selling your pride & videoing your equine-equipe: one teammate clapping your Scribe’s clipboard boisterously, another of you loudly neighing with vigor. If there’s a 3rd teammate have them hold chariot reigns behind, all of you trot trot trotting as you prance down the ramp. Your photographer videoing from the raised platform across Levete’s oculus – which is where?!?


Prices

CLASSIC HUNT: £75 for families (6 people or fewer)
LUXE HUNT: £300/3 hours (6 people or fewer)
GROUP HUNT: contact us for a quote


Practical info

Hours

Opening Hours
Open 10 am – 5:45 pm every day, except Friday when it’s open till 9:45 pm
Closed 24, 25 and 26 December (open every other day of the year)

Getting there

Address
Cromwell Road and Exhibition Road, London SW7 2RL, England
Metro
South Kensington (Circle, District or Piccadilly Lines)
Bus Lines
V&A Museum Stop: 14, 74, 414, C1, N74, N97  South Kensington station: 14, 70, 74, 360, 414, 430, C1, N74, N97

Tickets

No tickets needed — the V&A is free to visitors (although a £5 donation is suggested).