Cultural Institution

Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL

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The Victoria and Albert Museum – known as the V&A – is the world’s leading museum of art and design, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity.

The V&A was established following the enormous success of the Great Exhibition in 1852 to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. The V&A gained its current name in 1899 when Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of a new wing and renamed the Museum in memory of her husband, Prince Albert.

Today the V&A’s extensive collections of artefacts from many of the world’s richest cultures continue to intrigue, inspire and inform. The Museum’s collections include paintings, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, furniture, fashion and textiles, theatre and performance, photography, glass, jewellery, metalwork, and digital objects. Materials relating to childhood are also displayed at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. The collections are drawn from across Europe and include world-class holdings from the Middle East, India, China and Japan.

Following the V&A’s recent success in exhibitions such as David Bowie, Alexander McQueen, Records and Rebels and the current Pink Floyd exhibition, the museum continues to expand outside of the metropolis. In July 2017, the V&A museum opened the new entrance and galleries on Exhibition Road, alongside the ongoing developments of their new sites V&A Dundee and V&A East in Stratford.

Image: The John Madekski Garden, ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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