Royal Academy of Arts

Art Museum and Art Gallery · Mayfair
50-52 Piccadilly, London, Greater London, W1J 0BD, United Kingdom
Closed until 10:00 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sat–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 10:00 AM–10:00 PM
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The Royal Academy of Arts has a unique position in being an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects whose purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.


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    Arnaud D.
    "The summer exhibition is always worth a visit!"(12 Tips)
    Andy P.
    "Come and see Degas at the Ballet."(3 Tips)
    Sujatha K.
    "The Manet exhibit is open till midnight, until April 14th 2013"(3 Tips)
    Valerie d.
    "Ai wei wei is a must do!"(2 Tips)
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  • Jonas V.

    Great exhibition space in the heart of London. Puts on great shows, but you also pay the price.

    Jonas Voss · 3 days ago
  • Lu

    Amazing architecture! And spectacular exhibitions. Definitely recommended for art lovers

    Lu · 2 weeks ago
  • Valerie d.

    Ai wei wei is a must do!

    Valerie de Backer · 3 weeks ago
  • T K.

    If you are in London during summer, please do visit here for its Summer Exhibition.

    T K · October 23
  • Thomas v.

    Tourists: Space for luggage is limited (first come, first serve), but wardrobe and storage are free of charge.

    Thomas van Zuijlen · October 21
  • Lucille F.

    A must visit every time I'm in London. The current Ai Wei Wei retrospective is illuminating-both the artist and his art.

    Lucille Fisher · October 18
  • Dave M.

    Wifi is available at this museum, as is great coffee and guided tours

    Dave Marshall · September 18
  • Michelle C.

    Become a Friend of the RA! So many perks. Oh yeah, Ai Weiwei hangs out here a lot. Look out!

    Michelle C · September 14
  • Dave M.

    Becoming a friend gives free wifi access

    Dave Marshall · September 12
  • Dave M.

    A kickers tarter campaign has just raised 132,000 to bring a new courtyard piece this September yay

    Dave Marshall · September 12
  • Christo P.

    Debatable how good to the eye what you'll see will be. But you gotta try ;)

  • Bianca P.

    Summer exhibit was very enjoyable and a great way to spend an afternoon!

    Bianca Padilla · August 8
  • Kate G.

    Don't miss the summer exhibition! So quirky and English.

    Kate Gomes · July 22
  • Arnaud D.

    The summer exhibition is always worth a visit!

    Arnaud Daupeux · July 5
  • Sudasi S.

    Love art!!

    Sudasi Studio · April 13
  • Ben A.

    Always at least one exhibition to see. Don't forget about the Burlington Gardens space, behind the building.

    Ben Adelie · March 18
  • Kim P.

    Have coffee in the courtyard on a sunny day!

    Kim Pham · March 14
  • Nicole S.

    If you need a toilet in the neighborhood it's free to enter and they are to the left of the main stairs.

    Nicole S · March 3
  • Dominic F.

    Fabulous Rubens exhibition currently, portraying the iconic Master's art & his legacy from Van Dyck to Cézanne.

    Dominic Furlong · February 23
  • Alexia K.

    Great art and architecture exhibitions. visit the cafe as well great atmosphere

    Alexia K · February 2
  • Avril J.

    Allen Jones

    Avril Jiao · December 24, 2014
  • euan m.

    Become a friend because events are then free and the friends' catering is excellent

    euan mcmaster · November 7, 2014
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    Natalia Asimi · November 1, 2014
  • Catherine M.

    Love their cafe/restaurant Very chilled atmosphere with good selection of drinks & cakes. Try the cranberry, apple, cucumber cooler.

    Catherine Monfils · October 24, 2014
  • Alex H.

    Great Anselm Kiefer exhibition. Free cloakroom.

    Alex Hay · October 20, 2014
  • Zara K.

    Anselm Kiefer's exhibit runs till December. A must see! What a treat. Highly recommended!

    Zara Khan · October 8, 2014
  • Darren S.

    Dennis Hopper photography exhibit

    Darren S · September 7, 2014
  • Priya T.

    Great exhibitions

    Priya Tungrus · September 1, 2014
  • Delia L.

    Might become one of 'my' museums in London for its contemporary exhibits. Enjoyed the summer exhibition

    Delia Laurent · August 16, 2014
  • Vincent G.

    Really loved the #summer #exhibition

    Vincent Ghyssens · August 9, 2014
  • Karen B.

    The summer exhibition is amazing!!!

    Karen Brasil · June 12, 2014
  • Moving Brands

    Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined 25 January — 6 April 2014 In the Main Galleries

    Moving Brands · March 3, 2014
  • Lina N.

    If you are some type of art student in London and need to visit lots they have half price on membership which means you can go to anything there for a year for free and bring a guest for free too

    Lina Noueiri · February 1, 2014
  • Denise I.

    Sensing spaces: interesting exhibition on architecture

    Denise Invamoto · January 31, 2014
  • Graeme S.

    Went for the Mexico exhibition. Definitely need to go back for everything else.

    Graeme Starrs · October 1, 2013
  • Pavlos G.

    Very good but short

    Pavlos Gklavinas · August 3, 2013
  • Fred P.

    Summer Exhibition 2013 well worth the effort!

    Fred Persson · June 18, 2013
  • Dean W.

    Be careful when leaving art for exhibitions as W ereceived ours back damaged and they did not care

    Dean Warwick · June 1, 2013
  • Ashley B.

    they have some good exhibitions here - an easy stroll from Piccadilly Circus - afterwards you can relax in Green Park, further down the road

    Ashley Bovan · May 16, 2013
  • Andrew E.

    Fantastic Alexander Calder show on ATM

    Andrew Ellis · May 15, 2013
  • Alex

    Great exhibition on Manet. Audioguide technology sucks. You're not supposed to touch the screen although it's a touchscreen w Android app.Stops working if you do accidentally which inevitably happenes

    Alex · April 14, 2013
  • Sujatha K.

    The Manet exhibit is open till midnight, until April 14th 2013

    Sujatha Krishnan-Barman · April 12, 2013
  • Randall & Aubin

    Check out 'Manet: Portraying Life' that "brings together works from across Europe, Asia and the USA." (Courtesy of the Royal Academy)

    Randall & Aubin · March 14, 2013
  • John W.

    Spelt Manet with an O. Idiots.

    John Whenmohn · March 13, 2013
  • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

    Nearby Piccadilly has the renowned Royal Academy of Arts - worth walking round for its splendid interiors alone. Read more

  • Pomeroy

    Check out Eva Gonzales in the Manet exhibition. Looks like Sonja Jackson

    Pomeroy · February 16, 2013
  • Anna P.

    Manet exhibition - go there!! xoxo :D

    Anna Popova · February 11, 2013
  • Alpesh P.

    Have a bite in the forecourt

    Alpesh Patel · October 10, 2012
  • Browhaus

    The Nicholas Hawksmoor exhibit is wonderful, capturing the famous architect’s life with a series of pictures, quotes, and work from the artist himself. We highly recommend it.

    Browhaus · April 26, 2012
  • Yan W.

    so many nice exhibition here

    Yan Wang · April 24, 2012

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