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Interior view of the South Kensington Museum (the 'Brompton Boilers') under  construction, 1856. Museum no. 33:951. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

History of the V&A

The Victoria and Albert Museum's collections span two thousand years of art in virtually every medium, from many parts of the world, and visitors to the Museum encounter a treasure house of amazing and beautiful objects. The story of the V&A's foundation helps to explain its astonishing richness and diversity.