Founded in 1852, the Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. It houses an extensive collection of Hindu, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Islamic and European decorative art. In total it has over four million works of art.
Opened as South Kensington Museum, the museum was renamed in 1899 in honour of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
The Victorian building has seven floors covering 12,5 acres (51,000 m²). The works of art are divided into five categories: Asia, Europe, materials, techniques, modern objects and exhibitions.
Each of the floors holds several of these previously mentioned categories, including jewellery, glass, arms and armour, clothes, ceramics, furniture, architectural samples, paintings, metal objects, Chinese precious metals and an endless number of curious objects from all over the world.
The Victoria and Albert Museum houses decorative artwork from all over the world, making it a very interesting museum to visit for most.
The museum is far too vast to see in one day, thus we recommend asking for a map and highlighting the exhibitions that most interest you, or simply wander around enjoying the million items to see.
Open daily from 10 am to 5:45 pm
Friday: 10 am to 10 pm
Tube: South Kensington, Piccadilly, Circle and District lines; Knightsbridge, Piccadilly line.
Buses: C1, 14, 74 and 414.