The main entrance, V&A

The main entrance, V&A

Main Entrance

Cromwell Road
Built 1899-1909

The main entrance to the V&A is the central focus of the building facing onto Cromwell Road. Its extensive decoration is centred around and above the main doors and archway. The carved stone sculpture is a mixture of subjects, ranging from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to symbolic themes such as Truth, Beauty, Knowledge and Inspiration.

The style is complex and hard to classify. Many of the elements are classical, but the open crown on top of the central block comes from Gothic church towers. To some extent this mix reflects the wide range of the Museum's content at the time.