V&A -Victoria and Albert Museum, London

V&A -Victoria and Albert Museum, London (must see)

The Victoria and Albert Museum (often abbreviated as the V&A), is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. Named after Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, it was founded in 1852, and has since grown to cover 12.5 acres (51,000 square meters) and 145 galleries. Its collection spans 5,000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day, in virtually every medium, from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa. The holdings of ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewelry, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings and photographs are among the largest, important and most comprehensive in the world. The museum possesses the world's largest collection of post-classical sculpture, the holdings of Italian Renaissance items are the largest outside Italy. The departments of Asia include art from South Asia, China, Japan, Korea, and the Islamic world. The East Asian collections are among the best in Europe, with particular strengths in ceramics and metalwork, while the Islamic collection, alongside the British Museum, Musée du Louvre and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, is amongst the largest in the Western world.

Set in the Brompton district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, neighbouring institutions include the Natural History Museum and Science Museum, the V&A is located in what is termed London's "Albertopolis", an area of immense cultural, scientific and educational importance. Since 2001, the museum has embarked on a major £150 million renovation programme, which has seen a major overhaul of the departments, including the introduction of newer galleries, gardens, shops and visitor facilities. Following in similar vein to other national British museums, entrance to the V&A has been free since 2001.

Why You Should Visit:
Definitely on the list on unmissable London museums,
Permanent exhibits are always good to see; however, the temporary/special exhibitions are often a stand-out.

Tip:
The museum is several stories high, so plan to do a lot of walking and plan accordingly (try visiting on a Friday evening when the museum is open late.)
At the main entrance pick up a guide suggesting a route based on specific objects. If you follow it, you will visit most parts of the museum and get a really good feel of the collection.
There is a coffee shop type restaurant in the courtyard, though you should also not miss the Main Café, the world's oldest museum restaurant with a charming Victorian-era design.

Opening Hours:
Friday: 10am-10pm; Sat-Thu: 10am-5:45pm
Closing commences 10 minutes before time stated.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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V&A -Victoria and Albert Museum on Map

Sight Name: V&A -Victoria and Albert Museum
Sight Location: London, England
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Kensington/Knightsbridge Walk  

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