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Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum… was established in 1852 and located to it’s present site as the South Kensington Museum on London’s Cromwell Road in 1857. The first building to be erected and still forms part of the museum today was designed by the architect Francis Fowke who was commissioned by Henry Cole as the museum’s first director. In 1899 Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone of a new building giving the museum it’s grand façade and main entrance… and to commemorate this event it was renamed as the Victoria and Albert in memory of the support Prince Albert had given to the foundation. The museum’s founding principle was to make works of art available to all, to educate working people and inspire British designers and manufacturers – and today it is the world’s largest museum of decorative art and design… housing a permanent collection over 4.5 million pieces. The magnificent blown glass chandelier designed by Dale Chihuly in 2001 provides a stunning focal point in the rotunda at the main entrance

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Victoria & Albert Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum