5 Unmissable Exhibits at the Victoria and Albert Museum

As one of the oldest and largest of the world's craft and design museums, there's plenty to enjoy at the V&A

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The V&A was one of the world's first museums of arts and design, and is still among the largest. Its collection of ceramics, textiles, and sculpture make for a fascinating visit. And to help you out, here are 5 of the best exhibits. Click and drag the Street Views to explore...

The Weston Cast Court

Every visit has to begin at the cast courts. These halls have held plaster casts and full-size replicas of some of the most amazing works of art from across all of history, from Michelangelo's David, to medieval pulpits, and the Porta Magna of Bologna's San Petronio Basilica.

Trajan's Column

You don't need to go to Rome to see Trajan's Column. This life-size cast has dominated the museum's western cast court since 1873. It's so tall that they've had to display it in two halves. The spiralling narrative frieze represents the Roman emperor's conquest of the Dacians.

The Morlaix staircase

This 16th-century oak staircase comes from the town of Morlaix, France, from a type of house known as maisons à pondalez, which mimicked rural castles. It would have once stood in the great hall of the house, towering over every guest, and demonstrating the wealth of its owner.

Rachel Kneebone, 399 Days, 2012

Contemporary artist Rachel Kneebone's 399 Days is exhibited amongst the medieval and renaissance sculptures of the V&As' collection to highlight the long tradition of depicting movement and stillness, and human suffering and ecstasy, in three dimensions.

Dale Chihuly, V&A Rotunda Chandelier

In time for the celebration of the new millenneum, the V&A commissioned the artist Dale Chihuly to create an enourmous 11-metre high, blown glass chandelier. The swirling mass of blue, green, and yellow tendrils now fills the entrance hall rotunda.

The building!

While you're looking at the museum's collections, don't forget to take a look a the building itself. The structure is the work of generations of architects and decorators, including Captain Francis Fowke, Edward Burne-Jones, and most recently, Amanda Levete Architects.

Marble metope from the Parthenon (-447/-438)British Museum

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