Queen Victoria and Albert Museum

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1899 (current building started)
Europe->United Kingdom->England->Greater London->London
This museum is located on Cromwell Road in South Kensington in London, England.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's greatest museum of art and design, representing over three thousand years of human creativity, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity.
In recent years the VA has undergone a dramatic programme of renewal and restoration. In addition to its outstanding free permanent collection, the VA offers an internationally- acclaimed programme of temporary exhibitions and an extensive events programme.
This location was first known as the Government School of Design, established in Somerset House in 1837. The Department of Practical Art followed in 1852. Both the department and museum were renamed in 1853, and in 1857 the Department of Science and Art, with its Museum of Ornamental Art.The museum opened in the summer of 1857 in an iron building which earned the derogatory nickname the 'Brompton Boilers'. The last building to be erected following Fowke and Scott's plans for the museum was the Art Library, opening in 1884. No further building work was proposed until a competition was launched in 1891 to complete the museum towards Cromwell Road. In what was to be her last public ceremony, Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone for the winning design by Aston Webb in 1899. It was also at this ceremony that she renamed the institution, the Victoria and Albert Museum.
19th Century (1800 - 1899 CE)