The Victoria and Albert Museum also recognized as V&A was established in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, which is accredited as the greatest museum in the world for decorative arts and designs and its permanent collection houses over 4.5 million objects. The The V&A is situated in the Brompton district in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, this home has become recognized as “Albertopolis” in regard to its affiliation with Prince Albert, the major cultural institutions and the Albert Memorial with which he was associated. Being a non-departmental public that is funded by the Department for Media, Sport and Culture includes the National History Museum, The Royal Albert Museum and the Science Museum. The V&A Museum in London has embarked on a major renovation programme at the cost of £150 million since 2001 after a major overhaul of the garden, departments, Introduction of newer galleries, visitor facilities and shops. The origins of this famous museum were from the Great Exhibition of 1851 by which its first director Henry Cole was involved in planning. The museum was initially recognised as the Museum of Manufacturers when it first opened in the year 1852 at Marlborough House, later in the month of September it was relocated to Somerset House.

The Birth of the Museum

By this time the museum’s collection covered both science and art and there were many exhibits that have been purchased from the Exhibitions have become the nucleus of the collection. Later on in the year 1854 there were discussions to relocate the museum to its current site and was renamed as the South Kensington Museum and was occupied by the Brompton Park, which was used for the extension of the museum’s first refreshment rooms that were opened in the year 1857 and was the first in the world to provide such facilities. Eventually on 22 June 1857 Queen Victoria opened the museum to the public, by which following that year the museum introduced the late night openings by using of gas lights. The first Keeper of Fine Art Collection was George Wallis and during his term in office as the keeper from 1811 to 1891, he passionately promoted the idea for an extensive art training through the museum’s collection. The School of Design which was established in the year 1837 at the Somerset House and was relocated to become a piece of the V&A Museum of London that was renamed as the Royal College of Art that got its independence in the 1949. The scientific collections were moved from the main museum to various improvised galleries towards the west of Exhibition Road, then in the year 1893 the Science Museum was formed after the appointment of a separate director. At the main entrance of the museum towards the left was the laying of the foundation stone on 17 May 1899 at the Aston Webb building. This was where the final official public appearance of Queen Victoria and during this ceremony the South Kensington Museum was renamed to Victoria and Albert Museum and was made public.

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The Collection

Covering around 12.5 acres and 145 galleries the Victoria and Albert Museum at London has a collection that spans about 5,000 years of art from the ancient days to the present time, this collection contains North America, North Africa, the cultures of Europe and Asia. These collections are of different varieties which are the most largest and comprehensive in on the face of the earth, they consist of ceramic, textiles, glass, ironwork, costumes, silver, medieval objects, jewellery, furniture, printmaking and prints, sculpture, photographs and drawings. The museum also has the biggest assemblage in the collection of the post-classical sculpture along with the holdings of the Italian Renaissance items which is the largest outside Italy. The best in europe is the East Asian collections that have particular strengths in metalwork and ceramics while in the western world the islamic collection is amongst the largest. The museum houses the departments of Asia as it includes the art from China ,South Asia, Korea, Japan and of the Islamic world.

Other Activities

Through Vlondoncity visit the magnificent Victoria and Albert Museum as the museum provides many other attractions that you will find fascinating such as the “V&A Museum of Childhood” will let you explore a wide range of disciplines touching on childhood as in photography, fashion and design play and social topics. It also stages major exhibitions like War games which are large and features about hundred objects, multimedia and interactive interpretation. The V&A Museum of Childhood also includes Crafts and arts, trails, tours and storytelling, making activities of, such free for which is suitable for kids aged 3-12 or otherwise stated. “The Sackler Center” provides public learning through creative design and the arts that are prompted by the Museum’s breadth of collections. Along with the Victoria and Albert Museum’s extensive galleries is the “National Art Library” that have archives and a Library Reading Room at the Blythe House which also consists a number of study rooms along extra material included in the collection can be viewed. The museum also includes a eating and drinking facilities such as the V&A Cafe, Garden Cafe and Packed Lunches that may be taken in to the Sackler Center Lunchroom for eating.

Location and Admission

There is no entry fee to the V&A Museum but to the V&A exhibitions and offers a concession rate for people who are disabled along with a free admission up to two caretakers or friends Providing a range of facilities the Victoria and Albert Museum will make your visit a lot more fun and enjoyable. The V&A events gives free access for disabled people which also includes British Sign Language interpretation and other supports as and when required. Bookings done in advance is essential and all assistance dogs are allowed.


Admission fee:
Free except for exhibitions

Opening Timings

10:00 to 17:45
10:00 to 22:00 
24,25 and 26 December



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