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Victoria and Albert Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over four and a half million objects. Located in the Brompton district of the borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, the museum was first named the South Kensington Museum and opened in 1857. It was renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum, after Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, in 1899, at the time of the construction of the present building, which was completed in 1909. The museum has since grown to cover twelve and a half acres and 145 galleries, and its collection spans five thousand years of art, from antiquity to the present day.