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Victoria and Albert Museum

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Address: Cromwell Road
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7942 2000

Opening times: Daily 1000-1745, Friday 1000-2200. Closed 24, 25 & 26 December.
Entry cost: Entry free - some exhibitions and events carry a separate charge

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK's national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.

The V&A began acquiring photographs in 1852, and its collection is now one of the largest and most important in the world.

The history of the photography collection in the V&A is closely connected with the development of the Museum as a whole. Its first director, Henry Cole, was an amateur photographer himself and a great supporter of the art of photography. He began a photography collection in 1856, the year that the South Kensington Museum, now the V&A, was established. Since then, the collection has grown to be international in scope and comprises over 300,000 images dating from 1839 to the present. Photography can be seen as a combination of science and art, in which advances in technique continually feed creativity and artistic achievement.

Check below for links to our related photographic exhibitions.


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