LONDON AGAIN – Victoria and Albert museum

For every tourist on budget the best thing about London is it’s museums, which mostly or partly have free entrance. The same can be said about Victoria and Albert museum, where entrance to permanent displays is free and they charge you only for the new exhibitions. We decided that it is time to visit Victoria and Albert museum. I cannot go to London and not visit at least one of its treasures. Here is introductory description on what this museum is about

The Victoria and Albert Museum (often abbreviated as the V&A), London, 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 Queen Victoria andPrince Albert. The V&A is located in the Brompton district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in an area that has become known as “Albertopolis” because of its association with Prince Albert, the Albert Memorial and the major cultural institutions with which he was associated. These include the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Royal Albert Hall. The museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Like other national British museums, entrance to the museum has been free since 2001.

The V&A covers 12.5 acres (51,000 m2) and 145 galleries. Its collection spans 5,000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day, from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa. The holdings of ceramics, glass, textiles,costumes, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings and photographs are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world. The museum owns the world’s largest collection of post-classicalsculpture, with the holdings of Italian Renaissance items being 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 is amongst the largest in the Western world.

Since 2001, the museum has embarked on a major £150m renovation programme,which has seen a major overhaul of the departments, including the introduction of newer galleries, gardens, shops and visitor facilities.

Of course, this information is from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_and_Albert_Museum . Not being a specialist I surely won’t be able to tell better. But there are some images for you to add to the plain text. Ah, and yes, when I visited the museum last time, I enjoyed the exposition dedicated to the history of fashion with examples from all the well known designers, Speaking about fashion, there is one museum I haven’t visited yet, the museum founded by very interesting person in fashion world, Zandra Rhodes. I leave her museum of Fashion and Textile to my next visits to London.

Zandra Rhodes

 

Here is bit more information about her: www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/z/zandrarhodes/

But now to what we saw in Victoria and Albert museum.

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It was the title of the current exposition. Luchy we, it was free. But what it meant?

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I cannot tell though if our little one appreciated art or just the car 😀

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This topic gets actual lately, and seems – at last!

And here is the view of the museum itself

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And this, my friends is all for today. I hope you didn’t get bored yet 🙂

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One response to “LONDON AGAIN – Victoria and Albert museum

  1. It really has been years since I have been in London (how time flies) but I think I went to the V&A on my last visit as well. What a great memory.

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