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Architectural Tour of Exhibition Road and 'Albertopolis'

The area around Exhibition Road and the Albert Hall in Kensington is dominated by some of London's most striking 19th and 20th century public buildings. This short walking tour is intended as an introduction to them.

Originally this was an area of fields and market gardens flanking Hyde Park. In 1851, however, the Great Exhibition took place in the Crystal Palace on the edge of the park. It was a phenomenal success and in the late 1850s Exhibition Road was created in commemoration of the event. Other international exhibitions took place in 1862 and 1886 and although almost all the exhibition buildings have now vanished, the institutions that replaced them remain. Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, had a vision of an area devoted to the arts and sciences. 'Albertopolis', as it was dubbed, is evident today in the unique collection of colleges and museums in South Kensington.

View and print the Exhibition Road Trail (PDF file, 649 KB) and bring it with you to the Museum.

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