Victoria and Albert

Modern renovations at the V&A

Modern renovations at the V&A

How does a 150-year-old museum with 145 galleries housing collections that span 5,000 years update its staid, Victorian facade with contemporary renovations? For the answer we look to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Founded in 1852, the V&A has managed to remain relevant by incorporating late night, contemporary art events into their calendar, as well as fashion shows featuring Vivienne Westwood, Christian Lacroix, Gareth Pugh, Erdem, Missoni and a host of others.

More critical to its longevity, however, is the the “Future Plan,” a renovation program that began in 2001 with an eye on incorporating contemporary architecture and design into the traditional Victorian museum space.