Victoria and Albert Museum

Museum of Manufacturing and Design

Photo By Peter Watts

Victoria and Albert Museum - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Panorama taken outside the front of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Victoria and Albert Museum - FURTHER INFORMATION

Victoria and Albert Museum - London visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Victoria and Albert Museum' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Greater London.

The Victoria and Albert Museum is often called the V&A, and is one of the principle museums in London, found near to South Kensington and Knightsbridge. Just down the road from Harrods in London, this museum contains a vast collection of art and craft from around the world created in all sorts of different media, to bring together the best of creativity and to inspire British talent. The V&A also has a particular emphisis on British talent.

The V&A Museum was establishing in 1852, using profits from the Great Exhibition to from a collection of items from around the world that would make art available to all. The intent was for the V&A collection to act as a source of inspiration for British design and manufacture. Initially called the Museum of Manufacturers, the collection moved to the current site in 1872 and renamed The South Kensington Museum. In 1899 it was again renamed The Victoria and Albert Museum in honour of Queen Victoria and her consort Albert.

With the available funds the Victoria and Albert collection grew to cover 2000+ years of art from almost every culture and using almost every medium. From the start the curators pursued the best and finest examples of available work which has resulted in the outstanding collection available in London today. Today, the V&A has over 154 galleries full of wonders from around the world. In the main entrance is a 9, tall chandelier made from blown glass, typifying the work found at the V&A.

The V&A is on the corner of Cromwell Road and Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London, and forms part of the museum cluster here which also includes the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. At the top end of Exhibition Road is the Royal Albert Hall, the Albert Memorial and Hyde Park, where you can find the Diana Memorial Fountain and the Serpentine Gallery.


V&A South Kensington
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
Tel. +44 (0)20 7942 2000
V&A Museum Website


Bus: South Kensington
Tube: South Kensington (Circle, District, Piccadilly lines)

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