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The Victoria and Albert Museum is a museum of arts and crafts. The extensive collection includes items that are the product of the most-developed civilizations and cultures that have been created over 5000 years on different continents. Admission is free.
Visitors can admire sculptures, paintings, photographs, ceramics and glass, furniture, textiles, dresses, jewelry, books. A total of approx. 4.5 million exhibits. The museum has one of the world's most numerous Asian art collections. Noteworthy are also paintings of John Constable, an English landscape artist, sketches by Rafael, the Hall of Castings with plaster casts of European masterpieces, including Trajan's columns.
The museum is located in the South Kensington district, near the Science Museum, with which at the beginning it formed a whole. The art collection was separated and moved to a separate building in 1909. The cornerstone for the construction of the new building was laid by Queen Victoria and she decided on the future name of the museum.