The V&A, as the Londoners prefer to call it, was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The museum comprises a mind-boggling 145 galleries that feature fascinating works of art spanning most of the major civilizations across all the continents. The Museum is housed in beautiful Victorian buildings that employ terracotta, molded plaster, colored pottery, friezes, decorated ceilings and stained glass windows to stunning effect.
The V&A, spread over 12.5 acres, is home to a vast collection numbering to over 4.5 million objects including furniture, fashion, sculptures, paintings and art. The museum also houses a large collection of treasures including royal regalia, fine jewellery, exquisite ceramics, exceptional glass works, delicate fabrics, extraordinary metalwork and a lot more.
Be prepared to spend a day or two here, especially if you’re a fan of art or design or just beautiful things.
- While access to the permanent collection is free, some of the temporary exhibitions may require admission fees.