The Victoria and Albert Museum - known to the world as the V&A - is the world's leading museum of art and design, which collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. The Museum 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. Today the V&A's collections span over 2,000 years of human creativity, in virtually every medium, from many of the world's richest cultures. They include paintings, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, furniture, fashion and textiles, theatre and performance, photography, glass, jewellery and metalwork. In recent years the Museum has undergone a dramatic programme of renewal and restoration. Highlights include: Britain 1500-1900, the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, the Jewellery Gallery, the John Madejski Garden and the stunning Medieval and Renaissance galleries. In addition to its permanent collection, the Museum also hosts world-class temporary exhibitions and has a varied schedule of events.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: Call 020 7942 2211 for details of disabled facilities
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Sat-Thu 10-5.45, Fri 10am-10pm. Closed 24-26 Dec
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About the area
The UK's capital was founded by the Romans shortly after they invaded in 43AD. Since then it’s evolved into one of the greatest cities on earth. From a bloody, squalid history to the vanguard of fashion in the Swinging 1960s to the buzzing metropolis it is today, London has something for everyone. There are very British pursuits like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an impressive collection of traditional English pubs. And that’s not to mention world-renowned arts venues, galleries and museums, award-winning theatre and unrivalled shopping – all found within a few Tube stops of each other.
London’s royal history is not to be missed. Visitors can roam around one of Britain’s finest medieval castles and royal prison, and learn about the final days of Anne Boleyn at the Tower of London or, for the less bloodthirsty, visit the Queen’s London home, Buckingham Palace. Don’t miss out on exploring the capital’s Royal Parks – from St James’ Park and Hyde Park in the centre to the majestic Hampton Court and wilderness of Richmond Park in the southwest.
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