The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is a museum of art and design located in London, England. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert. The museum has a collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity.
⇒ Also сheck оut мore info: Access • Collections
The museum’s collection includes a wide range of objects from various cultures and time periods, including paintings, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, textiles, and fashion. Some of the most famous objects in the collection include the Raphael Cartoons, a series of large-scale designs for tapestries by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael, and the Great Bed of Ware, a 16th-century bed that is said to be able to sleep 10 people at once.
V&A South Kensington (map) | V&A Dundee (map) | V&A Wedgwood Collection (map) | Young V&A (map) | V&A East
The museum also has a number of galleries that are dedicated to specific areas of art and design, including the British Galleries, which showcase British art and design from the 1500s to the present day, and the Asian Galleries, which house one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian art and design outside of Asia.
In addition to its permanent collection, the V&A also hosts a number of temporary exhibitions throughout the year, which showcase the work of contemporary artists and designers as well as historical objects from the museum’s collection.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is one of the most popular museums in London and attracts millions of visitors each year. Admission to the museum is free, although some temporary exhibitions may have an admission fee.
The museum houses the National Art Library, a public library containing over 750,000 books, photographs, drawings, paintings, and prints. It is one of the world’s largest libraries dedicated to the study of fine and decorative arts. The library covers all areas and periods of the museum’s collections with special collections covering illuminated manuscripts, rare books and artists’ letters and archives.