Victoria and Albert Museum, Kensington, Central London

Victoria and Albert Museum, Kensington, Central London

Top Tourist Attractions

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is the world's largest museum of applied arts, decorative arts, and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.27 million objects. It was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Victoria And Albert Museum, Keningston, Central London

To say that the Victoria and Albert Museum has nothing much for you to witness would be an understatement. With around seven and a half miles of galleries stretched across multiple different buildings and over 2.3 million objects encompassing 5,000 years of fascinating history, there is so much that you can see here at the Victoria And Albert Museum, Keningston, Central London.  

The V&A Museum is one of the world's largest museums of ornamental and applied arts and houses artefacts ranging from architectural, pottery, painting, furnishings to fashion, sculptures, jewellery, and even theatre and performance. 

There is so much for you to explore at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and we have listed some of those elements below.

  1. Constable's Landscape Paintings

Do you adore the city of London? Do you have a passion for painting? If yes, then there are the most stunning sceneries of Hampstead that Constable created for us. For much of the nineteenth century, Hampstead was a true haven of unspoiled wilderness, just a stone's throw away from the bustle of the metropolis.

The beauty of Hampstead could not have escaped the attention of a painter like Constable, who was so sensitive to the beauty of Nature. If you get the opportunity to visit Hampstead Heath during your time in London, we strongly advise you to do so. Although much has changed since Constable's day, Hampstead remains a natural haven within a short distance from the heart of the capital city.

  1. The Cast Courts

For the most part, museum collections around the world are filled with original artwork, but there are very few outstanding replicas of classics. In the Cast Courts, we may see plaster casts and replicas of some of the most famous works of art in history.

The presence of Michelangelo's David or the Moses, which we can normally see in Florence and Rome, would be extremely strange if we entered the first room, especially for tourists from Italy. This decision was made to make it possible for everyone to see these treasures without spending a lot of money on travel. The Cast Courts of the V&A are, in practice, a three-dimensional art history textbook.

  1. Jewellery Gallery

Following fashion, jewellery is of great importance to the Victoria & Albert, and it has its specific exhibition galleries on the premises. Furthermore, we are not referring to archaeological treasures or antiquities – which are easier to get in other similar museums – but rather to genuine jewellers' masterpieces. For expensive jewels on exhibit to sparkle in their full beauty, jewellers' rooms are quite gloomy.

  1. Raphael's Cartoons

Raffaello's abilities are demonstrated brilliantly in the pieces that you see at the museum. These also serve as a fascinating display of the tapestry-making process. The cartoons, which the artist drew, were fashioned mirror images so that the tapestry makers' skilled hands could follow the design from the back.

  1. Glass Chandelier by Dale Chihuly

In the foyer of the Victoria And Albert Museum, Keningston, Central London, you may take in the amazing Chihuly made crystal chandelier, which can be found at the main entrance on Cromwell Road. It's a true wonder.

Note - From the balcony on the second floor, you can see it from above and have a closer look at the intricacies.

  1. V&A Cafe

Although including a cafe among the top ten things to visit at the Victoria and Albert Museum may seem like a weird decision, but we believe you will enjoy my recommendation in this particular instance. The V&A cafe is a must-see for the sheer magnificence of its interiors. You can eat a wonderful cake in the V&A's main room, with its elaborately adorned ceilings, pillars and huge chandeliers, or in the more intimate side lounge.