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The Victoria & Albert Museum will open its doors around the clock for the final two weekends of its most-paid for art gallery exhibition in a decade.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty has attracted over 345,000 visitors since it arrived at the V&A on 14 March. There’s only one month to go until the largest retrospective of the late fashion designer’s work closes and all pre-bookable tickets are sold out. The museum’s response? To open through the night.
For the first time in the V&A’s history, tickets will be available at all hours during the final two weekends of Savage Beauty‘s run on 24 – 26 July and 31 July – 2 August. The museum will also be offering extra perks for those who are willing to endure a late night, including in-store promotions in the exhibition shop and a bar serving refreshments to keep bleary-eyed visitors going.
Martin Roth, director of the V&A, explained the reason behind the museum’s new opening hours. “It is not going on tour to other venues so our aim is to provide as many people as possible with the opportunity to see it by opening through the night for the last two weekends,” he said. “This will be the first time we have opened the V&A around the clock and we certainly think it is an event worth getting out of bed for.”
However, before giving up on any shut-eye, it’s worth knowing advance booking for night tickets is essential. Visit vam.ac.uk/savagebeauty or by call 0800 912 6961 to find out more. 200 tickets are also available daily to purchase in person on a first-come-first-served basis at the museum.