Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

The Great Exhibition in 1851 was the first international exhibition of manufactured products. It was organised by Henry Cole and Prince Albert, and held in a purpose-built Crystal Palace in Hyde Park. Many of the objects in the Exhibition were used as the first collection for the South Kensington Museum which opened in 1857 and later became the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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We offer a wide range of tours to meet your group requirements. Whether a group has a special area of interest, wishes to explore a particular gallery or just get an overview of the Museum's collection the Groups Team can help.

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The Great Exhibitor: The Life and Work of Henry Cole

The Great Exhibitor: The Life and Work of Henry Cole

A substantial contribution to our understanding of Cole's achievements. Invaluable' Apollo By the end of his life Henry Cole was recognised as a natio…

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Event - Horst: Photographer of Style

Sat 06 September 2014–Sun 04 January 2015

EXHIBITION: Horst P. Horst (1906–1999) was one of the leading photographers of the 20th-century. In his illustrious career, Horst traversed the worlds of art, fashion, theatre and high society and was one of Vogue’s star photographers.

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