Containing over six and a half million objects sourced from all around the globe, the free permanent collection is split into four main departments - Asia, Furniture, Textiles and Fashion; Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics & Glass and Word & Image. Most notable are the Medieval & Renaissance galleries where a magnificent series of sculptures, carvings and artworks mark the birth of art as we know it; the Jewelry Gallery, with its glittering collection of jaw dropping jewels and the British Galleries, where a display of homegrown artworks unfold like a timeline of the nation’s creative history. A varied program of temporary exhibitions and events supplement the main exhibits, with a series of ingenious fashion, photography and pop culture displays ensuring the museum stays current.
The Museum, located a few paces from the renowned National History and Science Museums, is housed in a resplendent Victorian mansion and features an 11-meter high blown glass chandelier in its entrance rotunda, a formal garden in its central courtyard and a number of renowned friezes dotted throughout the buildings.
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