First I’ll start with the informative part of this post:
1. Most museums in London are free and request a donation for your custom.
2. Most museums in London are huge so you’ll need several visits to see all they have to offer.
3. The V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) is the world’s largest museum of design and “decorative arts”, which I presume also means paintings and not just cool objet d’art.
4. The V&A is in South Kensington, on Cromwell Road, directly next door to the Natural History Museum.
5. You can enter the V&A from the underground station via a tunnel. This tunnel is very cold and may have loud performing buskers (like electric guitarists) so mind your ears.
6. It’s easy to get lost in the V&A. I know because I’ve tried.
Okay, now that you have all of the information, I encourage you to go online and check it out on your own. But that being said, here are a few photographs!
Here’s the chandelier in the entry hall. I would hate to be underneath this if an earthquake hit! I know, I know. This isn’t Los Angeles. Perhaps it’s just habit that my mind goes straight to earthquake when I see a large glass chandelier (or frankly anything hanging from the ceiling), but the ground does shake in these parts.
I was at the V&A meeting a friend. And we were determined to see as much of the place as possible. We went to floors I didn’t even know existed, walking through cavernous halls where they were busy restoring huge casts of obelisks and doorways from ancient Rome (well, one presumes – I couldn’t find a little card telling me what they were). One of the most exciting rooms was the Architecture room.
They had original photographs, plans and models of buildings like St Martin’s in the Fields and the Parthenon. I had particular fun with some of the models. Models = small things. Photographing small things is super fun! Trust me.
The V&A is always a complete surprise. I’ve only been three times in the last 11 years and I love how their collection isn’t just paintings and photographs. It’s design, furniture, jewelry, architecture, glass, history and so many other things. Go. Seriously. Go now!
Don’t forget the suggested donation!