Victoria & Albert Museum

This museum is a perfect destination for a group whose members have divergent tastes since there’s a bit of everything – sculptures, paintings, jewelry, photographs, artifacts, manuscripts, etc. The enormous collection is devoted to the applied arts of all disciplines through all periods and corners of the globe. A healthy sampling of every sort of priceless creation that screams “museum quality” (and even those that really don’t) can be found here.

The V&A is known for having one of the largest collections of Dickens items in the world. Books, manuscripts, correspondence, illustrations and other objects relating to Dickens’s life and works can be found throughout the museum. Dickens’s friend John Forster bequeathed many of these items including manuscripts, printers’ proofs and first editions, to the V&A.

The museum first opened its doors in 1857 as the South Kensington Museum. It was renamed in 1899 in honor of Queen Victoria’s late husband.


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