January events at the V&A Museum



  • The new Medieval and Renaissance Galleries are the V&A’s largest project since the British Galleries opened in 2001 and their completion mark the end of the first phase of the Museum’s £120 million Future Plan.
  • Ten new galleries occupy an entire wing of the Museum showing some of the V&A’s most remarkable treasures including the Becket Casket, the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and magnificent Renaissance sculpture by Italian masters Giambologna and Donatello. 1800 objects have been redisplayed to tell for the first time the story of European art and design from the fall of the Roman Empire to the end of the Renaissance period.
  • Beautiful new displays place objects in their original social and cultural context.
  • In a gallery of religious artworks, light filters through translucent onyx window screens, evocative of medieval churches.
  • Dramatic sculptures stand next to a working water feature recreating a Renaissance courtyard.

To  11 APRIL 2010

  • Digitally growing plants and a mechanical eye that mirrors the blink of a visitor’s gaze are among the digital works that feature in Decode: Digital Design Sensations.
  • The exhibition shows the latest developments in digital and interactive design, from small screen based graphics to large-scale installations.
  • Curated in collaboration with leading digital arts organisation onedotzero, there are works by established international artists and designers including Daniel Brown, Golan Levin and Daniel Rozin as well as emerging designers such as Troika and Simon Heijdens.
  • Admission £5 (concessions available).

Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts
Until 17 January 2010

  • This exhibition is the first to comprehensively explore the world of the maharajas and their extraordinarily rich culture.
  • It brings together over 250 magnificent objects, many on loan to the UK for the first time from India’s royal collections.
  • The exhibition covers the period from the 18th century, when the great era of the maharajas began, to the end of British rule in 1947.
  • It examines the changing role of the maharajas in an historical and social context and how the maharajas’ patronage of the arts resulted in splendid and beautiful commissions.
  • On display are a silver gilt howdah, gem-encrusted weapons, court paintings, photographs, a Rolls Royce, Indian turban jewels and jewellery commissioned from Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels in the 20th century.
  • Admission £11 (concessions available).


  • Families can pick up an activity Back-Pack, get creative at Drop-in-Design or go on a gallery adventure trail.
  • Back-Pack adventure tours of the V&A: Packs are filled with jigsaws, stories and games to explore the collection.
  • Activity Cart: Fantastic hands-on art fun for children to create a Samurai helmet, a silver goblet or an elephant mask to take home.
  • FREE; drop-in.
  • Suitable for children aged 4 to 11.

The V&A is open daily 10.00 – 17.45 and until 22.00 on Fridays.

The nearest underground station is South Kensington (Piccadilly, District and Circle lines).

Where do I find out more?
See the Fun Kids review on the Victoria & Albert Museum