When in London 4 years ago, my wife and I visited the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum). It actually wasn’t one of the big highlights of our trip. In just about any other city it would be the #1 museum, but there’s so many things to see and do in London that the V&A didn’t really stand out too much for us.
There’s such a wide range of items that I think the museum suffers from an identity crisis. “Eclectic” is the perfect description. It’s the kind of place I would love to visit during my lunch breaks. Finding one room to study for an hour each day would be really engaging. It’s not the kind of place you can whiz through in 2-3 hours. It would be information overload. Visit the V&A’s Collections page just to get an idea of how eclectic it is. There’s 15 distinct categories. Fifteen.
What’s pretty cool is that you can search/browse through over 1,000,000 items on their site. I’m now reminded why my wife and I were disengaged a bit from our visit. Their collections lean heavily towards the craft genre which can be pretty boring, like really boring. At times it felt like visiting a really, really fancy antique mall. I feel really bad saying that cuz there’s some incredible stuff at the V&A, but there’s only so many 19th century china patterns that a guy can look at.
Here’s how they describe themselves: “The V&A is the greatest museum of art and design, a world treasure house with collections of fabulous scope and diversity. The Museum holds over 3000 years worth of artefacts from many of the world’s richest cultures.”
More info on the ca. 1200 Ar-Raqqah ox dude shown above here.