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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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 - Exhibition Road Building

Thu 27 November 2014–Sat 15 October 2016

DISPLAY: This display is dedicated to the Exhibition Road Building Project: the largest architectural intervention undertaken in the last 100 years of the V&A’s history, which will create a beautifully designed new entrance, gallery, courtyard, shop and café

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