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Royal Academy of Arts, London

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#24 of 218 in Museums in London
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. To visit Royal Academy of Arts and other attractions in London, use our London trip planner .
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  • What a disappointment. We travelled over a hundred miles to see the Charles 1st exhibition and it was ruined by bad planning by RA. Don’t get me wrong, the art is exceptional and well worth seeing, bu...  more »
  • Very busy but was still able to see each exhibit/painting. Some stunning and world famous paintings. Good cafe with a good selection. Only minor, considering it was a timed ticket, was how busy it was...  more »
  • What a FANTASTIC exhibition. It is not on for very much longer but take a chance and go as soon as you can. We traveled the lenght of the country to see this and IT WAS WELL WORTH IT. We done to the R...  more »
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  • The Royal Academy of Arts is a great institution and definitely one of the best art galleries in the UK. Most of the exhibitions are not free but they are definitely worth it – they are world-class exhibitions, the perfect example was the ‘Charles I: King and Collector’ the and the summer exhibition is just exceptional. The exhibitions tend to get a bit busy; however, try to go early in the morning to avoid all the crowds. The building is also a work of art and located in the heart of London to access other great parts of town.
  • Great exhibition, I am sure, if one can see past the crowds. We had the misfortune to book the date and time the Queen was there and, although we had previous warning of an “event” and that we might be delayed, I do wonder if the number of visitors was reduced to allow for this. We postponed our visit to the afternoon, and it was far too crowded to take in the pictures properly, and we were disappointed. Our 2-day stay in London was planned round visiting this exhibition and we could not change our plans at short notice.
  • A fantastic exhibition ! I saw the Charles I King and Collector exhibition and it was very well done and put together. I am by no means an art academic but I was very impressed. The Royal Academy itself is a very impressive building
  • Came here for the King Charles art exhibition and it was amazing. The queen also paid a visit, which was fun.
  • Fascinating building and great exhibitions but it is normally too overcrowded; especially considering the entry fee is a bit high.
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