Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

In 1498 the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed on the west coast of India. His arrival established the first direct contact between western Europe and maritime Asia, ushering in a period of commercial, cultural and technological exchange. This signalled not only the beginnings of a global market but also a profound change in taste and lifestyle that still influences our lives today. In 2004, the V&A hosted the exhibition 'Encounters: The Meeting of Asia and Europe 1500-1800'

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Discover the many treasures in the beautiful V&A galleries, find out where events are happening in the Museum or just check the location of the café, shops, lifts or toilets. Simple to use, the V&A interactive map works on all screen sizes, from your tablet or smartphone to your desktop at home.

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Design and the Decorative Arts: Tudor and Stuart Britain 1500-1714

Design and the Decorative Arts: Tudor and Stuart Britain 1500-1714

The V&A's bestselling Design and the Decorative Arts, Britain 1500-1900 is now also available in three separate paperback volumes. This volume tel…

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Event - The Islamic Mediterranean:1000-1500

Wed 30 April 2014 11:00

6 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Between 1000 and 1500 AD, the Mediterranean was encircled by Islamic states. Explore the wealth of artistic production and how it circulated across the Islamic Mediterranean.

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