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Royal Academy of Arts, London

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An independent academy run by artists and architects, Royal Academy of Arts is one of the world's foremost art schools. It is also one of the oldest art schools in Britain and houses a collection of important books, archives, and works of art. Many of these are archived online for free viewing. The most prized piece in the collection is Michelangelo's Taddei Tondo, which is on display in the Sackler Wing on the gallery level. This gallery, as well as other portions of the academy, are open to the public. In fact, the academy gallery spans two city blocks and, as of 2015, the Piccadilly and Burlington Gardens locations will be joined. Review ticketing options and book tickets online, where you'll see discounts and get updates on the latest exhibitions. Make Royal Academy of Arts a centerpiece of your London vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our London family vacation planner.
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  • A must visit exhibition. It traces the avant garde period for the 15 years from 1917 until Stalin repressed the cultural scene in the great purge. A fascinating study of art set against the turmoil of...  more »
  • always exhibitions of great quality , great curators and very inspiring .The last exhibitions of David Hockney , portraits and before, a bigger picture were transcental . I wouldn't say the same with ...  more »
  • A diverse collection of art work across a diverse range of media. Powerful and moving. Well worth a visit. 
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  • Let me tell you this!! It is so HARD to find good old fashioned service anywhere. The staff here was so accommodating, super friendly and did such an EXCELLENT job. The guy knew exactly which frame to pick for my piece of art. I was so happy with the results. Total museum quality but with a friendly family neighborhood price. I heard from many artists that this was THEE PLACE TO GO!! Medhat and Johnny rule!!
  • The RA put on amazing exhibitions, but oversell tickets, especially for weekends. If you have to come on a Saturday, arrive at 10 am.
  • This is the second time I have been to the summer exhibition and the lates event. This year, it was a circus theme. It was fun to see quite a few attendees wear fancy dress in keeping with the circus motif. The art itself was great, but the event, which offered many things to see and do, made it even better: the glitter make-up stand, the arts and crafts table, the circus training booth, the screen printing stand, the alcoholic candy floss, and more.... Tip: The first red phone box in the UK is near the entrance. It is the original prototype, made of wood and was the template for all later red telephone box designs.
  • Busy, bustling, full of life. Great exhibitions at reasonable rates. I go a few times a year
  • Fantastic Hockney exhibition, very intense and vibrant colours. Sadly the visit was over too soon. One of three places outside Italy to see a Michael Angelo sculpture.