The Victoria and Albert museum is the greatest museum of design and art in the world. The structure opened in 1909, and has been modified in adjacent buildings. It includes some great masterpieces of furniture, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, posters, glass and textiles.
The collection includes art from almost every part of the world. It consists European sculpture, French furniture, Italian arms and armors, German Murray collection, Indian art, and Chinese ceramics. The museum also houses the National Art Library. There are so many highlights in the museum and one of the greatest is the seven Raphael designs painted in 1515 for the Sistine Chapel. The famous Photography collection holds more than 500000 images.
There are medieval galleries which are so stunning and there are so many eye catchy artworks. Along with the permanent collection, the Victoria and Albert museum conducts temporary exhibitions and regular events. One of the special and unique things about this museum is a restaurant. It was the world’s first museum restaurant which is still open today.
Some of the masterpieces that you must see are: -
The Victorian wardrobe which was designed by Thomas Hopper is kept in the display at the British Galleries. It is a must see artwork.
The second one is Tipu’s Tiger which was made for the Mysore’s great ruler in India.
One more from the India is a unique wine cup made up of nephrite jade of white color. Colonel Seton Guthrie, who had this cup, was a famous Mughal Empire’s Jade collector.
The other masterpiece that you must see is Dale Chihuly, which is a sculpture made of glass.
The Victoria and Albert museum is also known for its war history, in 1939, the museum closed for some time during the time of Second World War. This museum shared a tunnel near Aldwych tube station with the British museum. Other than the history, the location of this museum is really beautiful. The main entrance is covered by Cromwell Gardens.