Many kind of arts in just one Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum, or just V&A, is located in a beautiful building in South Kensington as can be seen though the amazing façade. Built on 1852, the museum has 11km of galleries and hosts a rich collection of arts from worldwide. At V&A, it is possible to see paintings, sculptures, furniture, glasses, ceramics, metalworks, photography and pieces of architecture, among other collections. As I like paintings, for me, the best of the museum are the works of the John Constable and Turner, in exhibition at the room 87. The other paintings galleries also have very interesting paintings. Besides the great collections, V&A Museum also offers a range of events during the year. [more]
One of the UK's greatest museum treasures, the V&A has a heavy amount of design from the Tudor/Elizabethan Age all the way through to art of the 21st Century. And if you've had your fill of paint on canvas and etchings in silver, then you have from now through the middle of November to check out one of their current exhibitions. Collaborators: UK Design for Performance 2003-2007 celebrates some of the recent achievements of British set designers. From pantomime and drama to opera and dance, in the UK and abroad, this display brings together the work of over 100 of Britain's most creative theatre designers recognized worldwide for their skills and innovative designs. There are sketches. There are models. And there is an abundance of proof that next year's Oscars may be just as multi-national if the Brits keep up their end of the artistic spectrum.
Vicki and Al would be proud. [more]
Victoria and Albert Museum
Just up the road (to the east) of London’s Natural History Museum is the huge and equally impressive Victoria and Albert museum, well worth a visit if you have the time and notable for the size and diversity of its collection.
You’ll find everything here from full-size plaster moulds of Roman monuments (check out Trajan’s column!) to musical instruments, costumes, painting and furniture. A day can easily be spent to get a basic feel for the place.
One top tip is to seek out the two or three display cases of notable fakes. These come from the museums own archive of artefacts that the museum was swindled into buying and displayed for many years as authentic. Occasionally the fakes are displayed alongside the genuine articles so you can judge for yourself.
Admission to the museum is free but a charge is usually made for special exhibitions. [more]
Victoria and Albert Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum is located at Cromwell Road, (to get there take tube to South Kensington).
Situated just across the road from the Natural History and Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum is home to the one of the largest collections of fine arts and design that covers more then 3000 years of history. You can find anything here from architecture to the collection of design periods and styles, pictures from Vogue and Harper's Bazaar to Beatrix Potter collection. Truly there is something for everyone. Definitely a must visit, although do give yourself some time as the Museum is spread on 4 floors, so it will take a while to get around.
Opening hours are daily from 10:00am until 5:45pm; on Fridays opening hours are from 10:00am until 10:00pm. The price of admission is free. [more]
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