Victoria and Albert Museum – leading museum of art and design

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the most romantic museum in the UK. This is according to a survey commissioned for Museums and Galleries in 2006. There are seven miles of galleries in the Victoria & Albert Museum. 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.

The collections of Victoria and Albert Museum span two thousand years of Art. 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 Victoria and Albert has unrivalled collections of contemporary and historic art and design.

The Museum offers visitors the chance to experience at first hand the splendour of the arts of Asia. The Asian collections began life for India Museum. The then British ruler in India founded this Museum in 1801. The India Museum was transferred to the control of the South Kensington Museum in 1879.

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.

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.

Admission
Admission to the Victoria and Albert Museum is free. Some exhibitions and events carry a separate charge. You can check by visiting what is going on

Opening hours
10.00 – 17.45 daily, but on Friday, it is 10.00 – 22.00. Closed 24, 25 and 26 December

Address:
Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL, United Kingdom
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More Information & Free Download Visitor Guide
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