The Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in London was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
With a permanent collection of 4.5 million objects, it is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design.
The V&A’s collection, which is housed in 145 galleries, spans 5,000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day. Items from Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa all feature in the gallery, including textiles, costumes, glass and ceramics.
Also included in the museum is the world’s largest collection of post-classical sculpture, with a vast collection of Italian Renaissance items – the highest number anywhere outside Italy.
The V&A is within easy reach of hotels, as it is a short walk away from South Kensington underground station, which is served by the Circle, District and Piccadilly lines.
From the station, walk north along Old Brompton Road and continue along Cromwell Place, bearing right on to Thurloe Place. Turn left on to Exhibition Road and continue until you reach the museum.
The museum is open every day from 10.00 to 17.45, apart from Fridays, when it remains open until 22.00.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Running from Saturday March 14th 2015 to August 2nd 2015, this exhibition showcases McQueen’s visionary body of work.
Works on display range all the way from the artist’s 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection.
All of this Belongs to You
Running until July 19th, this exhibition re-conceives the V&A as a space for prototyping public life; thinking about how design defines civic identity, technology, security, citizenship, democracy, the public realm and urban experience.
Victoria and Albert Museum tickets
Admission to the V&A museum is free, although some exhibitions and events carry a separate charge.
Things to see and do in the Victoria & Albert museum
Things to do at the V&A include sampling the museum’s collection of jewellery, which is one of the world’s finest and most comprehensive, featuring over 3,000 jewels.
The glass collection is the most comprehensive in Europe, while the metalwork section features over 45,000 examples of decorative metalwork, silver and jewellery, dating from the Bronze Age to the present day. This includes the national collection of English silver, as well as a range of other fascinating items.
When you’ve enjoyed a few hours seeing what the museum has to offer, drop into the V&A cafe for some welcome refreshments.