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Best museum in London - if not the whole world!
Victoria & Albert (London)
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Victoria & Albert (London)
Advantages: Wide variety of exhibits, interesting temporary exhibitions, lovely cafe
I've always loved this museum since I was a child.
This is a museum of the people and for the people. It covers decorative arts from antiquity to present day. This means there are rooms full of ceramics, glass, sculpture, tapestries, fabric, fashion, design, furniture and more.
As a child I loved a giant bed which could sleep up to 7 people!
Now I love the fashion galleries and the newly opened theatre gallery which is full of costumes, set design, posters and more telling a theatrical history of London.
The V&A have regular exhibitons of photography, fashion, specific movements in art and more. In recent years I've see Diane Arbus, Lee Miller, Kylie's costumes, Baroque exhibition, Modernism, Sportswear & fashion and an amazing exhibition on the 20th century fashion houses like Chanel, Schiparelli, Balanciaga etc.
At present they have an exhibition on about the Maharajahs of India and coming in 2010 is a big quilts exhibition that I'm looking forward to.
The building itself is amazing, from the glass chandeliers designed by Chihuly in the entrance foyer to the wood panelling, mosaic floors and intricate tiling that you find all over the building.
If you are looking to escape the hurly burly, there are lots of lesser visited galleries.
The information above is incorrect, the V&A is free to enter although there is an admission charge for the temporary exhibitions which ranges form £5 - £12 depending on the size.
They have a wide-ranging education programme so plenty for children to do as well as interesting talks and events surrounding the exhibitions.
I think this is a great place to visit as there is so much to see - if you get bored of ceramics there will be an equally interesting room just around the corner. I think this is part of the appeal for children as well - you can see everyday objects (glass, chair, bed etc) but in an amazing context or design.
There is a really lovely cafe with the most fabulous tiles and huge glass chandeliers. They sell a full range of hot meals, soup, sandwiches, salads and cakes.
There is also a courtyard area which is perfect for chilling out in on sunny days and has a wonderful water feature which children (and big kids) like to paddle in.
Finally, if you are looking to spend then the shop is amazing. They have recently created a seperate bookshop which is an excellent resource with a huge range of arts books. The shop sells wide variety of gifts, toys, clothes, jewellery and more and is perfect for an original Christmas or birthday gift.
Summary: Great museum for whole family - with free entry - it's a bargain!
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