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The V&A is the greatest museum of art and design, a world treasure house with collections of fabulous scope and diversity. The Museum holds over 3000 years worth of artefacts from many of the world's richest cultures. Choose one of the collections below to explore further.

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Search for over 20,000 works and over 26,000 images from the V&A's collections, including ceramics, fashion, furniture, glass, metalwork, paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture, and textiles.
 

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Architecture

Includes architectural drawings, photographs, whole rooms and parts of buildings.

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Asia

Objects from East Asia, South and South-East Asia, and the Middle East.

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British Galleries

The most comprehensive collection of British design and art from 1500 to 1900.

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Ceramics

From ancient Egyptian artefacts to contemporary studio pottery and ceramics.
 

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Childhood

Dolls' houses, dolls, toys, games, fashion and more from the 16th century to the contemporary.

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Contemporary

Exhibitions, events and displays of the best of today's art, design and visual culture.
 

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Fashion & Jewellery

Fashionable dress, jewellery and accessories from the 17th century to the present day.

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Furniture

Over 14,000 pieces from Britain, Europe and America, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

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Glass

Explore the 4000-year history of glass, from the Middle East, Europe and the Western world.
 

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History, Periods & Styles

The V&A's collections cross a multitude of periods and design styles.

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Metalwork

Silver, ironwork, arms, armour, enamels, brasswork, pewter and medieval metalwork.
 

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Paintings & Drawings

Watercolours, pastels, portrait miniatures, oil paintings, illustrations, posters, cartoons.

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Photography

The Photography collection began in 1852 and now holds over 500,000 images.
 

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Prints & Books

Everything from comics and children's literature to the art, craft and design of the book.
 

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Sculpture

Explore the world's most comprehensive holding of  post-classical European sculpture.

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Textiles

The national collection of Textiles covers a period of more than 2000 years. It has a broad geographic range with a particular emphasis on Europe.

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