Tour Past event Thursday, 14 March 2019

In Focus Tour: Monuments Men

This tour tells the story of the largest and most complex art heist in history.

  • Meeting Point, Grand Entrance, South Kensington

  • Free event

Take a deep dive into one of the most fascinating and lesser known stories from the museum's history as we learn how V&A curators helped to recover cultural property looted by the Nazis. This tour of the most dazzling objects of gold, silver and incredible craftsmanship in the Gilbert Collection, tell the story of how items like these were systematically looted by the Nazis. After the war, these objects were restituted to the victims of the Nazis and subsequently acquired by Arthur and Rosalinde Gilbert who added them to what became one of the most important collections of decorative arts in the world.