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Royal Academy of Arts

Art Museum and Art Gallery
Mayfair, London
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  • Arnaud D.
    "The summer exhibition is always worth a visit!"(15 Tips)
    Andy P.
    "Come and see Degas at the Ballet."(3 Tips)
    Valerie d.
    "Ai wei wei is a must do!"(2 Tips)
    "Check out Eva Gonzales in the Manet exhibition."(2 Tips)
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  • Sam K.
    Sam Krasnik2 weeks ago
    Intimate spot, great building, engaging Matisse exhibit
  • Thomas K.
    If you are able to see the Summer Exhibition then go!
  • Nico M.
    Nico MacdonaldApril 8
    Been here 10+ times
    Great exhibitions (though not subsidised), good place to meet (in the courtyard or elsewhere), grand expansion plans for the future
  • Nicolò P.
    🇷🇺 Russian Revolution exhibition 🇷🇺
  • Mara
    MaraFebruary 20
    Beautiful exhibitions! A Must!
  • Gregorygrisha
    GregorygrishaFebruary 12
    Current Russian Revolution exhibit is bigger than we thought it'd be. Love all the Academy's exhibits
  • Katy Z.
    Katy ZackFebruary 3
    Amazing exhibitions and a charming members cafe. Worth getting a membership for both perks!
  • Abu Aya a.
    Abu Aya aka KDJanuary 27
    The heart of the Arts in London
  • Chris P.
    Chris PDecember 17, 2016
    Bit, pompous, I guess it's the company they keep! Great exhibition on abstract expressionism. Wonderful to see so many significant works in a suitably big space. Interesting audio commentary.
  • Arianna B.
    Arianna BisonDecember 2, 2016
    Abstract Expressionism one of the best exposition of my life definitely to go!!!!! Lovely place
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn CallahanNovember 19, 2016
    If you are a Charles Darwin fan then this is an important place. In 1858 Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace presented a joint paper on evolution by natural selection in the Reynolds Room.
  • Worldbiz
    WorldbizOctober 25, 2016
    Lovely building
  • Security A.
    Security AnalystOctober 7, 2016
    5pm. Cafe shut, bar overcrowded #Fail
  • SULLY B.
    SULLY BONNELLYAugust 27, 2016
    Fantastic exhibitions!
  • Rus N.
    Rus NewtonAugust 20, 2016
    Grand cafe nice
  • Isa S.
    Isa SierraJuly 19, 2016
    In my recent visit, I discovered the keepers house - an area with quiet bars and limited-access gardens. A lovely end to my visit.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin McCulleyJune 17, 2016
    An amazing collection of exhibits from a very diverse range of disciplines.
  • Edelyn
    EdelynMay 15, 2016
    I m a fan of their monthly RAlates event. Plenty of workshops and entertainment, and very classy too. They are usually fully booked 2-3months in advance, so book early!!!
  • Bijan Y.
    Bijan YoungApril 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great exhibitions with a lot of thought and attention. Gardens exhibition has some amazing pieces and really well integrated. Subject matter really brought to life together with the art and artists
  • Bijan Y.
    Bijan YoungApril 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Fabulous exhibitions and care to customer preferences. Amazing building and central. Special.
  • Susan L.
    Susan LuebkeApril 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Phenomenal exhibits and late night Fridays
  • Dan R.
    Dan RApril 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    I just love the feel of this place - it absolutely exudes sophistication.
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WhiteheadApril 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Not only superb exhibitions here (recent 2015/2016 major retrospectives on Ai WeiWei and Joseph Cornell) but also courses and workshops and don't forget the legendary Summer Exhibition - open to all!)
  • Di K.
    Di KadyrovaMarch 28, 2016
    They do nice exhibitions, but make sure you buy tickets in advance
  • Marika G.
    Marika GardonovaMarch 23, 2016
    Wei Wei exhibiting was spectacular!
  • Savannah P.
    Savannah PetrickMarch 18, 2016
    if you're a member of the museum, don't miss the bar downstairs.
  • Jun S.
    Jun SMarch 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great summer exhibition. Love impressionists.
  • Sachi S.
    Sachi ShimokawaMarch 9, 2016
    Exclusive exhibition was really nice. So inspired by loads of paintings.
  • DM
    DMFebruary 26, 2016
    Look for some rare exhibitions, price rate is high, but it seems fare!
  • Sally M.
    Sally MelvilleFebruary 22, 2016
    One of my favourite places!
  • Ian S.
    Ian SmokeFebruary 18, 2016
    Allways Great Exhibitions!! A must!! <3
  • Deema_Fahad
    Deema_FahadFebruary 2, 2016
    Check for exhibitions if you are near .. Interesting place ❤️
  • hub b.
    hub by Premier InnJanuary 28, 2016
    Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse until April 2016
  • Oliver S.
    Oliver ShreeveDecember 21, 2015
    The entrance is almost in front of F&M, not off Bond Street.
  • Nick F.
    Nick FrancisDecember 9, 2015
    Great arts venue in london and very nice cakes!
  • Stefania M.
    Stefania ManiDecember 1, 2015
    Great museum!
  • Bohyun S.
    Bohyun SuhNovember 29, 2015
    Good to have membership
  • Roxanna S.
    Roxanna SamiiNovember 28, 2015
    If you are in london do not miss Ai Weiwei impressive exhibit
  • Jonas V.
    Jonas VossNovember 25, 2015
    Great exhibition space in the heart of London. Puts on great shows, but you also pay the price.
  • Swarmstrong
    SwarmstrongNovember 13, 2015
    Amazing architecture! And spectacular exhibitions. Definitely recommended for art lovers
  • Valerie d.
    Valerie de BackerNovember 1, 2015
    Ai wei wei is a must do!
  • T K.
    T KOctober 23, 2015
    If you are in London during summer, please do visit here for its Summer Exhibition.
  • Thomas v.
    Thomas van ZuijlenOctober 21, 2015
    Tourists: Space for luggage is limited (first come, first serve), but wardrobe and storage are free of charge.
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FisherOctober 18, 2015
    A must visit every time I'm in London. The current Ai Wei Wei retrospective is illuminating-both the artist and his art.
  • Dave M.
    Dave MarshallSeptember 18, 2015
    Wifi is available at this museum, as is great coffee and guided tours
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CSeptember 14, 2015
    Become a Friend of the RA! So many perks. Oh yeah, Ai Weiwei hangs out here a lot. Look out!
  • Dave M.
    Dave MarshallSeptember 12, 2015
    Becoming a friend gives free wifi access
  • Dave M.
    Dave MarshallSeptember 12, 2015
    A kickers tarter campaign has just raised 132,000 to bring a new courtyard piece this September yay
  • Christo P.
    Christo PapadopoulosAugust 18, 2015
    Debatable how good to the eye what you'll see will be. But you gotta try ;)
  • Bianca P.
    Bianca PadillaAugust 8, 2015
    Summer exhibit was very enjoyable and a great way to spend an afternoon!
  • Kate G.
    Kate GomesJuly 22, 2015
    Don't miss the summer exhibition! So quirky and English.
  • Arnaud D.
    Arnaud DaupeuxJuly 5, 2015
    The summer exhibition is always worth a visit!
  • Sudasi S.
    Sudasi StudioApril 13, 2015
    Love art!!
  • Ben A.
    Ben AdelieMarch 18, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Always at least one exhibition to see. Don't forget about the Burlington Gardens space, behind the building.
  • Kim P.
    Kim PhạmMarch 14, 2015
    Have coffee in the courtyard on a sunny day!
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SerratoreMarch 3, 2015
    If you need a toilet in the neighborhood it's free to enter and they are to the left of the main stairs.
  • Dominic F.
    Dominic FurlongFebruary 23, 2015
    Fabulous Rubens exhibition currently, portraying the iconic Master's art & his legacy from Van Dyck to Cézanne.
  • Alexia K.
    Alexia KFebruary 2, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great art and architecture exhibitions. visit the cafe as well great atmosphere
  • Avril J.
    Avril JiaoDecember 24, 2014
    Allen Jones
  • euan m.
    euan mcmasterNovember 7, 2014
    Become a friend because events are then free and the friends' catering is excellent
  • Natalia A.
    Natalia AsimiNovember 1, 2014
  • Catherine M.
    Catherine MonfilsOctober 24, 2014
    Love their cafe/restaurant Very chilled atmosphere with good selection of drinks & cakes. Try the cranberry, apple, cucumber cooler.
  • Alex H.
    Alex HayOctober 20, 2014
    Great Anselm Kiefer exhibition. Free cloakroom.
  • Zara K.
    Zara KhanOctober 8, 2014
    Anselm Kiefer's exhibit runs till December. A must see! What a treat. Highly recommended!
  • Darren S.
    Darren SSeptember 7, 2014
    Dennis Hopper photography exhibit
  • Priya T.
    Priya TungrusSeptember 1, 2014
    Great exhibitions
  • Delia L.
    Delia LaurentAugust 16, 2014
    Might become one of 'my' museums in London for its contemporary exhibits. Enjoyed the summer exhibition
  • Vincent G.
    Vincent GhyssensAugust 9, 2014
    Really loved the #summer #exhibition
  • Karen B.
    Karen BrasilJune 12, 2014
    The summer exhibition is amazing!!!
  • Moving Brands
    Moving BrandsMarch 3, 2014
    Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined 25 January — 6 April 2014 In the Main Galleries
  • Lina N.
    Lina NoueiriFebruary 1, 2014
    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
  • Denise I.
    Denise InvamotoJanuary 31, 2014
    Sensing spaces: interesting exhibition on architecture
  • Graeme S.
    Graeme StarrsOctober 1, 2013
    Went for the Mexico exhibition. Definitely need to go back for everything else.
  • Pavlos G.
    Pavlos GklavinasAugust 3, 2013
    Very good but short
  • Fred P.
    Fred PerssonJune 18, 2013
    Summer Exhibition 2013 well worth the effort!
  • Dean W.
    Dean WarwickJune 1, 2013
    Be careful when leaving art for exhibitions as W ereceived ours back damaged and they did not care
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BovanMay 16, 2013
    they have some good exhibitions here - an easy stroll from Piccadilly Circus - afterwards you can relax in Green Park, further down the road
  • Andrew E.
    Andrew EllisMay 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic Alexander Calder show on ATM
  • Alex
    AlexApril 14, 2013
    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
  • Randall & Aubin
    Randall & AubinMarch 14, 2013
    Check out 'Manet: Portraying Life' that "brings together works from across Europe, Asia and the USA." (Courtesy of the Royal Academy)
  • John W.
    John WhenmohnMarch 13, 2013
    Spelt Manet with an O. Idiots.
  • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
    Nearby Piccadilly has the renowned Royal Academy of Arts - worth walking round for its splendid interiors alone. Read more
  • Pomeroy
    PomeroyFebruary 16, 2013
    Check out Eva Gonzales in the Manet exhibition. Looks like Sonja Jackson
  • Anna P.
    Anna PopovaFebruary 11, 2013
    Manet exhibition - go there!! xoxo :D
  • Alpesh P.
    Alpesh PatelOctober 10, 2012
    Have a bite in the forecourt
  • Browhaus
    BrowhausApril 26, 2012
    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.
  • Yan W.
    Yan WangApril 24, 2012
    so many nice exhibition here
  • Anna G.
    Anna GreenApril 9, 2012
    Go with a friends card, otherwise you're queueing in the rain for 2+hours ...
  • Nick L.
    Nick LansleyApril 7, 2012
    Very popular place so it pays to order tickets in advance or you may end up queuing. If you go once a quarter or more frequently, membership is great value.
  • Atsuko W.
    Atsuko WhitehouseApril 6, 2012
    If you are a member of RA, you can come in between 9 - 10 without booking. It is not too busy. I highly recommend to pop in.
  • Tonnvane W.
    Tonnvane WiswellApril 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This art is really a bunch of pap clearly painted to enrich the Hockney coffers. I can see why he sold so well in Hollywood.
  • Gavin
    GavinApril 1, 2012
    Video installation ends with a fun dance set - worth waiting for, even if you start to find the landscapes a bit repetitive
  • Time Out London
    Time Out LondonMarch 27, 2012
    On Fridays the Royal Academy stays open until 10pm (last admission 9.30pm). Read more
  • marcy s.
    marcy simonMarch 23, 2012
    Amazing works created on the iPad of Yosemite the waterfall
  • Toby W.
    Toby WrightFebruary 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The multi-screen(18 HD panels) stuff is mesmerising.
  • Tati B.
    Tati BJanuary 22, 2012
    Royal academy is extremely slow. More and more annoyed with it every time I come to visit
  • Pvl S.
    Pvl StrkvDecember 29, 2011
    Soviet Architure is nice but not quite interesting
  • Shehnaz H.
    Shehnaz HansrajDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Summer Exhibition - free guided tour on certain Friday evenings by crazy artist guy is highly recommended!
  • Athina A.
    Athina AxenidouDecember 5, 2011
    Very intersting exhibition of painter Degas and motion through ballet dansers!
  • David G.
    David GrahamNovember 19, 2011
    Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-193529 October 2011—22 January 2012
  • J
    JAugust 24, 2015
    Галерея закрыта! Открыта только одна потрясающе говеная выставка. Об этом персонал не предупредил, просто взяли 10 фунтов за вход
  • 7161440
    7161440October 10, 2014
    Рекомендую к посещению. Залы не большие, но есть на что посмотреть. Симпатичный фонтан во дворе.
  • Jean C.
    Jean CitéAugust 7, 2014
    Las exposiciones, aunque de pago, suelen ser interesantes. Con un poco de suerte encuentran expuesta la Sirena de Watherhouse
  • Оксана К.
    Оксана КуренбинаFebruary 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Чтобы не стоять в очередях,можно купить Member;)Всего 50 фунтов и вы без очереди и в любое время;)
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