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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Medieval Jewellery: In Europe 1100-1500

Medieval Jewellery: In Europe 1100-1500

Jewellery hasalways been of central importance to all human societies, but medieval jewelleryis relatively less well-known. This book draws on the imp…

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Event - Europe 1600 - 1800: The Making of the Galleries

Wed 25 February 2015 11:00

FOUR WEEK COURSE: Gain a unique insight into the creation of the V&A’s stunning new galleries of European art and design. The magnificently refurbished galleries tell the story of art and design from 1600 – 1800 and contain some of the most beautiful and elaborate works in the V&A’s collections.

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