The Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum was established after the successful Great Exhibition of 1851, although it was not named as such until 1899.
Named in honour of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the museum contains more than 100 galleries exhibiting millions of items of historical and artistic importance. Included in the collection, and displayed in the Cast Courts, are the Three Graces by Canova and the fountain of Neptune and Triton by Bernini, along with examples of Britain's national collection of sculpture and numerous plaster casts of tombs and friezes.
In more recent times the Victoria and Albert has been embroiled in controversy over a new £80 million extension which had been slammed for not being in-keeping with the original architecture, the design eventually needing to be scrapped after a lack of funding from the National Lottery.
The Victoria and Albert is adjacent to the Natural History and Science museums.