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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Victoria and Albert Museum welcomes record number of visitors

13th December 2012

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has welcomed its three millionth visitor during 2012 as it remains one of the capital's key attractions.

The museum has held a number of ground-breaking exhibitions over the past year and has been rewarded with strong visitors numbers.

Damien Whitmore, the museum's public affairs director, told the Evening Standard it was "fantastic" that the venue had managed to achieve record attendence levels.

He added: "The Victoria & Albert museum with its rich collections and outstanding exhibitions is a source of inspiration for everyone. To achieve this record breaking figure in 2012, the year London took centre stage, is particularly special."

In 2013, visitors planning to stay in central London hotels will also be able to visit some unique events that examine a whole range of subjects.

One of the major highlights is expected to an exhibition looking at the influence of rock star David Bowie. The retrospective will focus on the singer's impact on fashion, music, film and art for the past 50 years and will be supported by designer Gucci.

The exhibition is set to open on March 23rd and run until July 28th and is a must for all Bowie fans.

Martin Roth, director of the Victoria and Albert, said: "David Bowie is a true icon, more relevant to popular culture now than ever. His radical innovations across music, theatre, fashion and style still resound today in design and visual culture and he continues to inspire artists and designers throughout the world.

"We are thrilled to be presenting the first ever exhibition drawn from the David Bowie Archive."

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