The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, with collections unrivalled in their diversity. The permanent collection houses over 4.5 million objects. The V&A was established in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Since then, its mission has been to make works of art available to all and to inspire future designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A's collections, which span over 2000 years of creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform.