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Victoria and Albert Museum, London: 69 reviews and 143 photos


The V&A is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. It covers 12.5 acres and contains 145 galleries. Its collection spans 5000 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, jewelery, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings and photographs are among the largest 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 Musée du Louvre and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, is among the largest in the world.

Address: Cromwell Road, SW7
Directions: South Kensington tube
Phone: 0 20 7942 2000
Website: http://www.vam.ac.uk

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 12, 2009
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  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    It is amazing that most of London's great museums are free, except for a donation

    • apbeaches's Profile Photo
      Feb 2, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      NYC fees are exorbitant, in tiny print below it says "suggested donation"


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