The Victoria and Albert Museum celebrates the rich culture of a bygone era. It portrays 27,000 works and over 43,000 images ... More
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum celebrates the rich culture of a bygone era. It portrays 27,000 works and over 43,000 images including ceramics, fashion, furniture, glass, metalwork, paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and textiles. Collections from as far as East Asia, South and South-East Asia, the Middle East and Egypt are housed in the V&A Museum. One can explore the world's most comprehensive holding of post-classical European sculpture. The museum frequently holds exhibitions of its collections. And what's more, you could even shop for books, stationery, gifts and jewelry at the museum. After working up an appetite, head to the V&A Cafe for a bite.
The V&A Museum is one of London's best museums to explore. Never explore it alone, come along with the London Cultureseekers Group.
We are a very friendly group exploring London's fantastic history and culture through it's museums, galleries, historical buildings, going on guided walks and visiting the theatre.
I travelled there on the morning of Saturday 16th January with my family in tow. After being bag searched and depositing coats in the cloak room we made our way to what we hoped was the jewellery gallery. However, on the way I was distracted by a few other galleries on the way, namely ‘modern’,‘gold’ and ‘silver’ – which housed a few more interesting pieces.
Finally I made it to the jewellery gallery which looked intriguing as it was small, dark and full of people! I was disappointed when told I was not allowed to take pictures, but instead took notes about some of the pieces I liked best to find images of on the V&A’s website when I arrived home. I also managed to buy some postcards from the shop. It was interesting to see that the jewellery had been put into date order – and that the jewellery for each decade was quite similar in style. For example the early 1800s had lots of ‘Gothic Ironwork’ pieces.
I enjoyed looking around the gallery and the amazing jewellery – some of which did give me ideas for the future. However, I would have preferred going when it was less busy as it was difficult to make notes on pieces. I would thoroughly recommend going to the jewellery gallery – or even any gallery at the V&A museum, as it is sure to have something that will inspire you!
The Victoria and Albert museum is free like the majority of museums in London. It did have some special exhibits that cost extra though. The good thing about the museum was the variety of items they had, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Also, if you're up for a day at the museum, there are about 2-3 museums across the street too. Also, if you're in for a bit of walking, Harrod's and Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park are in walking distance.
The day we went the admission was free. There were great displays of gravestones as well as obilisks. To my surprise they had a
Chouley Glass display over the information booth as you enter. Great variety of different venues. Loved it!
This museum is free so of course it was worth the entry fee. Everything was beautiful. I especially adored the fashion exhibit, looking at all of the royal dresses and haute couture from ages past. It is a must see for all those interested in antiques, fashion and collectables. They also had a really great gift shop and had the best postcards in London! Go an hour or so before they close on a weekday and there will be no crowd.
Enjoyed most the fashion gallery, musical instruments, plaster cast gallery, glass galleries, and silver galleries most.
The Islamic galleries are very fine, but not my favorite art. The Chinese and Japanes collections are ok. For the greatest Chinese galleries I've seen, check out National Palace Museum in Taiwan and especially the Royal York Museum in Toronto.
If only one museum is on your itinerary for London, choose the V&A over any other!
The immense and varied collection will leave you awestruck.
The Fashion and Jewellry collection might be the most inclusive and in-depth study of costume available anywhere.
The Sculpture and Paintings collections are a treat, and the many design galleries provide a unique glimpse into the development of Western Civilization.
Visit the V&A and plan a full day!
In the Don't Miss column is the V and A (its a bit funky, it has paintings and furniture and silverware and some clothes, not a real pattern place, but a bit of this and that and its well organized and clean.
Better than the Science Museum, Better than the Natural History. Do see this one, and see the British Museum, the Museum of London.
Grounds were nice too, and check out the burned out exterior- I thought it was ugly, but then found out that was from the war and it survived with just the burn marks- very historic.
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