Victoria & Albert Museum, London!

And here is another jewel that was left in the closet and not told in my blog. This is a great omission as it was one of if not our favorite museum in London. The place is very chic, nice, we love it and came back twice during our family stay there. Oh this is the Victoria & Albert Museum or V&A of London. Let me tell you a bit briefly on it, hope you enjoy it as we did. For all its avant garde collection!

The Victoria and Albert Museum, often abbreviated “V&A”, is a national art museum located in London, in the district of South Kensington. It is the world’s largest museum of applied and decorative arts and design, as well as sculpture, housing a permanent collection of more than 2.27 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and is named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It is a fabulous museum to visit !!!


The V&A museum was conceived in the aftermath of the Universal Exhibition of 1851, it first bore the name of South Kensington Museum then was renamed of its current name in 1899, after fifty years of work. First element of Albertopolis, a set of museums and educational institutions which aimed to bring education, industry, science and art together in the continuity of the ideas developed during the Great Exhibition of 1851, it was built on land acquired thanks to profits made during this last event. Dedicated mainly to industry and craft products, it was also in charge of a didactic mission with English artists and decorators, at the time when the Art & Craft movement was developing The collections of the India Office were integrated in 1880, to extend the interest which had been expressed around civilization and Indian art as it was presented in the gallery of India at the Crystal Palace in 1851 and – above all maintain the adhesion , then particularly enthusiastic, of the British to the imperial project.


The V & A covers 5 hectares and has 145 galleries. Its collection covers 5,000 years of art, from Antiquity to the present day, from cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa. The ceramic, glass, textiles, costumes, silverware, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, medieval objects, sculptures, prints and engravings, drawings and photographs are among the largest and most complete in the world.  The museum notably has the largest collection of post-classical sculptures in the world, the collections of Italian Renaissance objects being the largest outside of Italy. The collections from East Asia are among the best in Europe, with particular strengths in ceramic and metalwork, while the Islamic collection is among the largest in the Western world.


It is a huge place to see it all and like I said we came back twice and still not seen it all. I will tell briefly the sections below, you need to see it, period.

The art collection from Asia of the V&A has more than 160,000 objects, one of the largest existing. The V&A contains more than 19,000 objects from the Islamic world, ranging from the beginning of the Islamic period 7C at the beginning of the 20C. The Museum’s South and Southeast Asian art collections are the most complete and the most important in the West. They include nearly 60,000 objects, including about 10,000 textiles and 6,000 paintings, and the diversity of the collection is immense. The collections of the Far East include more than 70,000 works of art from Asian countries mainly China, Japan and Korea. The collection includes approximately 1,130 British and 650 oil paintings from Europe, 6,800 watercolors, pastels and 2,000 British miniatures, of which the museum holds the national collection. The V&A sculpture collection is the most comprehensive collection of post-classical European sculptures in the world. The collection consists of approximately 22,000 objects covering a period ranging from approximately 400 to 1914. It has the largest and most complete collection of ceramics and glass in the world, with more than 80,000 objects from around the world. Each populated continent is represented. The jewellery collection, which has more than 6,000 objects, is one of the most comprehensive jewellery collections in the world. It includes works from ancient Egypt to the present day, as well as drawings of jewellery on paper. 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 largest libraries in the world dedicated to the study of fine and decorative arts.




In 2004, the V&A and the Royal Institute of British Architects opened the first permanent gallery in the United Kingdom, covering the history of architecture with exhibitions using models, photographs, elements of buildings and original drawings. The costume collection is the most complete in Great Britain, containing more than 14,000 outfits and accessories, mainly dating from 1600 to the present day. This collection of over 45,000 works includes decorative ironwork, forged and molded, in bronze, silverware, armor, pewter, brass and enamel ,including many examples of Limoges enamel. The textile collection includes more than 53,000 copies, mainly from Western Europe, although all the populated continents are represented and which dates from the 1C AD to the present day. It is the largest collection of this type in the world. The collection contains more than 500,000 images dating from the advent of photography, the oldest dating from 1839.


As you can read , it has beautiful collection in many domaines and most are the best in the world at least Europe. It is very educational for the customes and arts all over and during different periods. My whole family enjoyed it very much and it is in our agenda for a future visit.

The main webpages here are the official Victoria & Albert museumVictoria & Albert Museum of London

And the tourist office of London on the V&A MuseumTourist office of London on the V&A Museum of London

And there you go folks another dandy in London, UK, a wonderful city to visit and another dot in my world map. We enjoy the V&A museum and hope you enjoy the post enough to make you come to see it too. For us , its a must in London.

And remember, happy travels , good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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2 Comments to “Victoria & Albert Museum, London!”

  1. Thanks for an interesting read. I’ve visited the museum three times now and still haven’t seen everything. It’s a fascinating place

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