NEWS: Victoria and Albert Museum Set to Reopen in May

The museum will reopen its doors to the public on the 19th May.


It has been confirmed that the Victoria and Albert Museum is set to reopen its doors next month, with all of the museum’s collection galleries will once again be open for the public to explore.

In addition to this, the museum will also be opening two major new exhibitions – Alice: Curiouser and
Curiouser, and Epic Iran – alongside the return of Bags: Inside Out, as well as the first time that the public will be able to visit the newly refurbished Raphael Court, home to the Raphael Cartoons.

Within the first two weeks, the V&A will open the highly anticipated exhibitions Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser on the 22nd May, and Epic Iran, on the 29th May.

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser will explore the origins, adaptations and reinventions over 158 years to highlight the cultural impact of Alice in Wonderland across film, performance, fashion, art, music and photography.

Meanwhile, Epic Iran will transport visitors through time to explore over 5,000 years of culture through
over 300 objects, telling the story of Iranian art and design from 3000 BC to the present day,
providing an insight into a culture often seen through a different lens in the media.

After opening for a brief period in December, Bags: Inside Out will reopen on the 19th May to take visitors through the style, craft and seduction of the ultimate accessory.

A number of free-to-visit displays will also be available to discover. In the Painting Galleries, Renaissance Watercolours presents a series of rare gems from the museum’s collections to explore the pivotal role of this often under-appreciated art form. In the Theatre and Performance galleries, On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100 is ready to take visitors through a century of dance history from costumes and sets to performances and films. New
display Katerina Jebb/Elizabeth Parker features a large-scale photomontage by Jebb, spotlighting a rare 19th
-century sampler which narrates the hardships of its young female creator, Elizabeth Parker.

Talking about the news, Director of the V&A, Tristram Hunt said “We are delighted to be reopening the V&A with three spectacular new exhibitions. Only at the V&A can you explore the wonders of ancient Persia, jump down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, before swinging by a fashion paradise in Bags: Inside Out and finish your day in the Renaissance serenity of the Raphael Court – and that’s even before you discover our seven miles of permanent galleries. After many months of screen-time, our free galleries are ready for the public to enjoy, explore and question once again. The past year has been one of the most challenging that the museum has ever faced
but our reopening programme captures the excitement and curiosity that the museum stands for. We have an abundance of space for social distancing and thousands of objects to inspire. Come and discover your V&A.”

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