Published: 20/11/2018Victoria and Albert Museum - Fantastic place to visit with ALL the family
The V&A was founded in 1852 and moved to its current home on Exhibition Road in 1857. For over 40 years it was known as the South Kensington Museum, but it was renamed after Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert, commemorating his role in its establishment.
The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK's national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.
Collection size: 2,278,183 items in 145 galleries
Did you know:
Victoria and Albert Museum is the eighth-largest art museum in the world
The South Court was reused as an RAF canteen during the Second World War, about 1942.
The South Kensington Museum was the first museum in the world to provide a public restaurant.
The V&A's buildings occupy 12 acres of land in South Kensington, and are over a third of a mile in circumference.
The statue on top of the central tower of the V&A represents Fame. Her nose is missing.
There are seven miles of galleries in the V&A.
Talks, courses, workshops, family events and many different exhibitions.