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The Victoria and Albert Museum, exterior

The Victoria and Albert Museum, exterior

The V&A building was designed not only to house its collections, but as an exhibit in its own right. This trail will take you through the Museum to look at some of its unique architecture.

The building introduced a new style of architecture, based on older buildings, but using modern production techniques and materials in new ways. It was a successful collage of styles and motifs, almost like an architectural scrapbook.

Its influence was huge, especially in the revival of terracotta and mosaic in Victorian Britain. As you walk around the Museum, the original floors, walls and ceilings are a reminder of a time when the styles of the past were being translated into the machine age.

The trail starts outside the main entrance on Cromwell Road. Use a V&A map to help you find your way along the trail.

View and print the V&A Building Trail (PDF file, 150 KB) and bring it with you to the Museum.

International Training Course

The Victoria and Albert Museum welcomes applications for ‘Creating Innovative Learning Programmes’, its new one week intensive course. This is a unique training opportunity for museum professionals from overseas who are interested in attracting and programming for a range of museum audiences.

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