Saturday, July 18, 2015

Victoria & Albert Museum

When I first got my new Nikon I decided to take it to the V& A Museum for a little practice run.  The V&A is one of the first museums that I visited in London and one of my favorites.  I also love that you can take photographs.

Victoria & Albert Museum London England



Victoria & Albert Museum London England

The museum first opened in 1857 as the South Kensington Museum and was renamed by Queen Victoria soon after.

Victoria & Albert Museum London England

Victoria & Albert Museum London England

Here are a few fun facts about the museum and some of the photos that I took that day. 

Victoria & Albert Museum London England

The V&A was the first museum to start adding photographs to their art collections.  

Victoria & Albert Museum London England

Victoria & Albert Museum London England

The museum covers 12 acres.  This is a museum you can get lost in for hours.

Victoria & Albert Museum London England

Victoria & Albert Museum London England

Victoria & Albert Museum London England

There are seven miles to cover, winding through 145 galleries covering 5,000 years of art.

Victoria & Albert Museum London England

Victoria & Albert Museum London England

Victoria & Albert Museum London EnglandThe South Kensington Museum was the first museum to provide a public restaurant and it's still a great place to get a bite to eat.

Victoria & Albert Museum London England

Victoria & Albert Museum London England
This was also the first museum to use gas lighting so that the public could visit during the evening hours.

Victoria & Albert Museum London England

Victoria & Albert Museum London England

Victoria & Albert Museum London England

Victoria & Albert Museum London England
Henry Cole, the first director stated "the evening opening of public museums may furnish a powerful antidote to the gin palace."

Victoria & Albert Museum London England

It was important to Cole that the museum was accessible to to the masses, whether aristocrat or dock worker. 

Victoria & Albert Museum London England

So instead of heading off to the gin palace tonight make your way over to the Victoria & Albert Museum.  And don't miss the Cast Courts.  It's my favorite gallery and where you can see the cast of Michelangelo's David.

Which do you prefer, a museum or a gin palace? 



3 comments:

  1. Love the facts :) Such a beautiful museum!

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  2. I love museums. This one look really great! Loving your photography.

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  3. In my 5 visits to London I have never made it here. Next time I guess!! Thanks for sharing, Selena!

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