The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is a free museum. It is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, with a permanent collection of more than 4.5 million objects collected over 5,000 years, from antiquity to the present day.
The Victoria and Albert Museum was founded in 1852 and is named after Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. The collection includes objects from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa.
The museum has the world’s largest collection of post-classical sculpture and the largest number of Italian Renaissance pieces outside Italy. The Asia department includes the arts of South Asia, China, Japan, Korea and the Islamic world.
The Islamic collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as that of the British Museum, the Musée du Louvre (Paris) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) are among the most important in the Western world.
Since 2001, this London museum has been undergoing renovations that include new galleries, attractive gardens and souvenir shops.
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has 145 galleries, but the collections are so large that only a small percentage is on display. Discover here the different areas of the museum, where you can see part of the history of the world through decorative and design objects.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is located in an area of London called Kensington, an area of great cultural, scientific and educational importance because there are other fabulous museums: the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.
Practical information Victoria and Albert Museum
Address: Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL, United Kingdom
Nearest tube station: South Kensington
Opening hours: Open every day from 10am to 5.45am; from 10am to 10pm on Fridays.
Price: Free (except for temporary exhibitions)