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Royal Academy of Arts

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Address: Burlington House Piccadilly | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England
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Founded in 1768, this thriving center of artistic excellence is the oldest...

Founded in 1768, this thriving center of artistic excellence is the oldest fine arts institution in Britain, whose exhibitions attract over a million people each year.

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Fabulous Art

Definitely would recommend a visit. The art is stunning. Very spacious so didn't feel crowded. The cafe is a bit pricey but that's London. Good location right outside... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely would recommend a visit. The art is stunning. Very spacious so didn't feel crowded. The cafe is a bit pricey but that's London. Good location right outside Trafalgar Square.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Always something to see, with great cafe and friends restaurant . Lovely to sit in the square with the sun shining watching the world go by.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is an exhibition that can be enjoyed by those amongst us who don't claim to be art experts. The range of painting styles is varied with the common theme being America after the fall. Worth a visit if you are in London but be aware that it can be busy so choose your time carefully.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Clearly it all depends on what is on show at the time (in April, Revolutionary Art from Russia) but this gallery combines an interesting building, compact size and a knack of pulling in exciting exhibits (recent Hockney shows for example), and the elegant courtyard out front is one of the best places to relax with a coffee in central london,... More 

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Dear Tom, thank you for your kind review. I'm really pleased that you have enjoyed your visits with us. We hope you can visit again soon. Many thanks, Kate More 

Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Painting in the 1930's. Do not miss this art exhibition in the 2nd floor. It is worth seeing . Also don't forget to rent audio guide. Everything is explained with simple but meaningful words.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is not a large exhibition so do not expect to be there for more than 1 hour - unless you have a particular interest. We booked on the day and at 6.15pm, whilst not empty, there was plenty of space. There are 3 rooms and each area has a written description of the American social issues that the artists... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was booked by my daughter who wanted to see the exhibition. After paying roughly £12 each we found this a small exhibition in three small rooms which only took us approx. 45mins to go around and no guide as to where to start, which room first or didn't it matter? I've still no idea.....! Timed entrance tickets booked in... More 

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your review with us. I'm sorry to hear your visit was less than ideal. The stairs to the exhibition are quite substantial (I am a bit unfit and get out of breath at the top...). Our signage does indicate the number of steps to get to the gallery and we do have signage to indicate the... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a beautiful building, art well hung. clear descriptions lead the visitor through the period. A joy to go, we look forward to visiting the summer exhibition later this year, one of the highlights of our year.

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Dear Anna, thank you for your lovely review. We look forward to seeing you for the Summer Exhibition! Many thanks, Kate More 

Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Travelled up from Brighton with my 16 year old daughter to the USA After the Fall exhibition. We both thought it was quite underwhelming (we go to a lot of exhibitions). A case of the advertising being better than the actual exhibition. There were relatively few paintings in three small rooms. The quality of some of the work exhibited was... More 

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Dear Dave, thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the RA. I'm sorry to hear that you and your daughter were not inspired by the America After the Fall exhibition. It is hard to satisfy all tastes but the RA has a very wide range of exhibitions. I hope that you will both be able to... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited both the Russian and the Americans after the Fall exhibitions and them both extremely interesting.

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