on July 22, 2012
My absolute favourite place in London is the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum. I don’t care how many times I have been, I still go again every time I’m there and I will probably carry on doing so for a very long time. The V&A is located on Cromwell Road, a few minutes away from the South Kensington underground station. Also, if you are heading to the museum from Harrods, it is a 5 minute walk up the same street so the location is very good. If you want to take the bus to the museum then you can get either the C1, 14, 74 and 414 which all stop right outside the entrance. In close vicinity is the Science Museum as well as the Natural History Museum. == Opening times and admission ==10.00 to 17.45 daily10.00 to 22.00 Fridays (selected galleries remain open after 18.00)Admission is always free although donations are welcomedSome temporary exhibitions require an admission fee== The museum == The V&A has had many different names over the years since it opened in 1852. Firstly it was known as the Museum of Manufacturers, then the South Kensington Museum and finally in 1899, it was renamed as the Victoria and Albert Museum. The museum is very large in size and the exterior is stunning. As you are walking up to the museum, you can’t miss it because of how big it is and also how nice it looks from the outside. Although you can enter the museum from an underground tunnel, I always choose to enter from the outside just so I can see the building again. Inside the museum is just as impressive. The V&A is home to a very varied collection of exhibitions and although there are always some temporary ones on show, there are also a large number of permanent exhibitions. Different permanent exhibitions include; Furniture, Textiles and Fashion, Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass and Word & Image. Free maps are available as you enter the museum which I would highly recommend getting as the museum can be extremely confusing. The layout is not that simple and every time I go, I end up missing parts of it due to getting lost. If you enter the museum from the tunnel, you will hit the sculpture exhibition, which is my personal favourite, Here, you can see so many different amazing sculptures from all over the world and of different things. You can see a sculpture of Einstein and Shakespeare’s head along with some impressive Greek and Roman Gods. Although I have seen this part of the museum so many times, it never fails to impress me and I always spend quite a lot of time looking around this area. While this section is fairly large in size, it could be bigger and I wish that this one was area that could be expanded as some other areas of the museum are huge in comparison. Another of my favourite areas to visit is the fashion exhibition although I didn’t put my boyfriend through this the last time we went. What I love so much about looking at fashion is seeing how much things have changed over time. Some of the permanent items in this section include contemporary fashion and weddings. The V&A has an amazing wedding collection which includes a suit made for King James II to wear at his own wedding. Some of the pieces here are absolutely stunning although this probably isn’t a section which the men will enjoy so much. This exhibition dates from the Renaissance period up to the modern day. As the V&A has so many different collections, it can take hours to get round but it really is worth it. As I said earlier, I generally tend to miss something each time I go so I always get to discover something new and interesting with each visit. Along with the exhibitions, the V&A also has a great shop which is very large in size. The shop has a great collection of books, prints and posters as well as other items. Jewellery can be purchased as well as home ware and strange items from British designers. The shop always has some really interesting items on sale which are constantly changing. Prices are also good as they range from quite cheap and reasonable to pretty expensive for the better and more impressive items. == Overall == The V&A is definitely a place worth visiting if you are in London. As admission is free, it is a great cheap way to spend a day or only a few hours if you have been there before. There is so much to see at the V&A that there always seems to be something I haven’t seen before which is why I make a point of going every time I’m in London.
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