It was my daughter, Michayla who recommend I visit the Victoria and Albert Museum. She’d been there with a friend when she’d first arrived in London and really enjoyed it, which is not something I often hear my 20-something daughter say about boring museums.
Located in affluent South Kensington, its a massive building with six floors of incredible collections. According to its website:
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.
It isn’t wrong. It’s actually quite overwhelming. If you get the chance to visit, at the very least find the Jewellery section. You can’t take photographs in there, so I can’t even give you a glimpse of the magnificence. But its well worth the time it will take to you view the two floors of mind boggling baubles they have on display.
There are of course lots of other things to see. I wandered about aimlessly just going where I my mood took me. I took in Raphel’s huge Cartoons of St Paul and St Peter. They are not cartoons in the sense that we know, Bugs Bunny and all that, but massive murals and tapestries. I also meandered through the silver and glass galleries, the sculpture gallery, the stained glass gallery, the Medieval and European galleries, and ironworks galleries.