Victoria and Albert Museum – collections span 5000 years of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The museum has earliest photograph of London

Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s leading museum of art and design. It is also known as the most romantic museum in UK. This was the first museum in the world to use gas lighting in the galleries, to allow evening opening. This museum has the earliest photograph of London like Trafalgar Square to Whitehall. Many of the collections have national status.

Victoria and Albert Museum history

Victoria and Albert Museum was established in 1852 with a view to inspire British designers and manufacturers. It was moved to its present site in 1857 and was renamed the South Kensington Museum. The present Science Museum was a part of this Museum until 1909

In 1899 Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of a new building. It gave the Museum a grand façade and main entrance. In memory of the enthusiastic support Prince Albert it was renamed as ‘Victoria and Albert Museum. Queen Victoria wanted to call the V&A the ‘Albert Museum’.

The Museum of Childhood is a part of Victoria & Albert Museum. It was established in Bethnal Green Museum in 1974.

Victoria and Albert Museum Collections

The collections of Victoria and Albert Museum is over 2.3 million span five thousand years. It houses not only the British objects but the objects of whole Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa. The collections are of ceramics, glass, silver, metalwork, furniture, textiles. It also contains fine art like paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture.

The Museum offers visitors the chance to experience at first hand the splendour of the arts of Asia. The then British ruler in India founded India Museum in 1801. The India Museum was transferred to the control of the South Kensington Museum in 1879. So Victoria and Albert museum is rich in collections of Indian Arts, design, cultures

Some galleries of Albert Museum devoted to the art of Japan, China, Korea and the Islamic world. There are approximately 16,000 objects from China in the collection. The dating of Chinese collections are from the 4th millennium BC to the present day.

Many successful British designers have used the V&A as a source of ideas and stimulation. There is extensive online access to authoritative information and the knowledge of leading experts.

View the collections online of Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum opening hours, admission tickets

Opening hours: Daily 10.00 – 17.45 but Friday.
Admission: Free. Need admission tickets to access some exhibitions and events.

Address and nearest tube to Victoria and Albert Museum

Address: Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL, United Kingdom.
Telephone and Email: 020 7942 2000, Email: [email protected]
Nearest tube: South Kensington Tube Station, Gloucester Road Tube Station, Knightsbridge Tube Station

Victoria and Albert Museum exhibitions events shops Cafe Restaurant

There are always exhibitions and events held at Victoria and Albert Museum. Admission to some exhibitions need tickets. Visit the related website page to see the list of present and upcoming exhibitions or events .

Victoria and Albert Museum has the world’s first museum café. The cafe’s are situated in three places. The cafes are open whole year usually from 10am. It closes 30 minute before the closing time of main museum. Enjoy the food and drink specially the British traditional afternoon tea

You can buy museum inspired gifts items, jewellery, prints, custom prints, fashions etc from Victoria and Albert Shops. You can also buy the exhibition’s tickets from the shop.

Download the Victoria and Albert Museum’s visitors guide and floor map to make your plan organised.

Visit the website for more information. See other Museums Art Galleries

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