New £56 million V&A Exhibition Road Quarter opened

June 28, 2017

The new V&A Exhibition Road Quarter was opened on 30 June 2017 by the Duchess of Cambridge.  A new entrance, purpose-built gallery and the first porcelain-tiled public courtyard in the world cost over £56 million to complete. Accessed through the remodelled arches of the Aston Webb screen, the new entrance opens the museum up to Exhibition Road and creates a new relationship between the museum and the street,  transforming the Quarter into an urban as well as a cultural project.

The innovative and ambitious project creates beautiful new public spaces and galleries for London, refashioning the experience of the V&A for visitors, and revealing historic facades of the V&A’s existing Grade I listed buildings for the first time.

The new spaces include:

  • The Sainsbury Gallery, a versatile, purpose-built 1,100sqm column-free exhibition space for the V&A’s world leading programme of temporary exhibitions.
  • The Sackler Courtyard, the world’s first all-porcelain public courtyard, inspired by the rich tradition of ceramics at the V&A.
  • The Blavatnik Hall, a new entrance into the V&A that will transform how visitors experience and discover the Museum and collections.