Last Chance! How to get tickets for Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the V&A

Still haven’t seen Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the V&A? The blockbuster show at the Victoria and Albert Museum closes this weekend, wrapping up the evening of Sunday 2 August, 2015. Advance tickets have sold out, but here’s how you can still have a chance to see this magical exhibition.

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Tickets released on the day

200 tickets are released for sale from 10am each day, but get there early! Queues are forming from 7:30am.


Extended hours for final weekend

On the final weekend of the show, Savage Beauty will be open overnight Friday and Saturday! The timings are a bit confusing, but this is my understanding:

Friday 31st July
Public opening hours Friday 10am – Sat 6:30am (last entry 5:30am)

Saturday 1 August
Members-only viewing 8-9:45am (Booking required)
Public opening hours Saturday 10am – Sunday 6:30am (last entry 5:30am)

Sunday 2 August
Members-only viewing 8-9:45am (Booking required)
Public opening hours Sunday 10a – 10pm

You’ll still need to either get tickets by queuing early on the day, or enter with a membership card.

Note that only Savage Beauty will be open for extended hours; the museum’s regular exhibitions will close according to normal hours.


Members get in any time

I’m a big fan of museum memberships, with equal love for skipping queues and supporting cultural institutions. V&A Members can enter any time during public opening times, including the extended hours, as well as during special members-only views.

V&A memberships start at £64 with plus guest membership an additional £20. If you live in London, enjoy museums and can afford it, it’s a good value. Otherwise, find a friend with a plus guest membership!

From the V&A site: Members are, as always, free to view the exhibition during public opening times without booking a timed ticket. You will be admitted during the next available 15 minute timed-entry and you will need to queue with ticket holders during these times.


Members-only mornings on the weekend

Another perk of membership is the weekend members-only viewings on Saturday and Sunday morning, 8-9:45am. Booking is essential, and as of Thursday 30th July, these tickets were sold out. Check the V&A page for members-only Savage Beauty mornings for updates “should more tickets become available for these time slots.”


Check for last-minute updates

The exhibition visitor and ticket information page has some updates.

The V&A Twitter account has been doing a great job of responding to questions promptly!


Is it worth the queues?

I was lucky to catch the show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC a couple of years ago. And it was still worth the queues (admittedly brief because I’m a member) and crowds to see the exhibition at the V&A. Additional pieces were added, and the exhibition design is just stunning, from a room lined with fake human bones, to the enhanced staging for the Kate Moss hologram. The brilliance of McQueen shines through, and it is an exhibition that can easily bring a tear to anyone’s eyes, from either the sheer beauty of the creations or the tragedy of what the world has lost with McQueen gone.

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