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Royal Academy of Arts

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Address: Burlington House Piccadilly | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7300 8000
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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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The Epitome of all things Civilised

I could not recommend this Gallery highly enough. It is firstly a beautiful building but no matter when you visit there is a fantastic exhibition on

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I could not recommend this Gallery highly enough. It is firstly a beautiful building but no matter when you visit there is a fantastic exhibition on

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't just stop by the main exhibitions - there's always something exciting to see in the smaller gallery upstairs.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As joint Friends for a number of years we have found our visits to the exhibitions have been really enjoyable, absorbing and inspiring and allowed us to bring friends and family as each of us can take a guest. We find that Sunday mornings are a good time to visit as the most popular exhibitions are less crowded and at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Royal Academy and the Abstract Expressionism exhibit was one of the highlights of my recent tip to London with my parents. It's a lovely museum centrally located with a space perfect for showcasing works of art. The Abstract Expressionism exhibit was fantastic and featured large works of art by artists such as Jackson Pollack, Willem de Kooning, Gorky, Mark... More 

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

Dear Emily, thank you for your lovely review and for travelling so far to see us. I hope you had a lovely time in London and a safe journey home. Many thanks, Kate More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited with the Impressionism exhibit with a group of school children. The guide, Kim, was FANTASTIC at trying to get them involved. The exhibit is worth a visit regardless - well laid out, and good diversity.

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Twenty four staff from Northern Saints in Sunderland were absolutely inspired by the wonder of life drawing in the capable hands of Carole and Charlotte. This was a fantastic training session for our teachers. If you want to learn more and try your hand at art, contact the education department - you won't be disappointed.

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

Thank you Steven. I will pass your comments on to our Learning Team. We hope to see you again soon. Many thanks, Kate More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're not convinced of the merits of Abstract Impressionism, this annoying exhibition of the movement's top artists is unlikely to change your mind. The big names - Rothko, Pollack, Gorky, Clyfford Still and de Kooning - each have large galleries displaying their main works. The lighting in virtually all the galleries is almost wilfully poor. We're told that the... More 

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

Dear Paul, Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the RA. I'm sorry you found the exhibition both facile and silly. The great thing about having such a diverse exhibition schedule is that you can view artists and genres with which you are unfamiliar or uncertain. Sometimes you simply don't like the work and on other... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well presented exhibition in this beautiful museum in the middle of London. As a fan of modern art I wanted to see this and thoroughly enjoyed it. Most of the 20th. century " New Yorkers" are present as well as some famous emigres and others from the so called west and US heartland. A definite must...while you are in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Apparently it has taken the RA four years to collect this work together. I went already knowing that I am NOT a fan of this genre but I did enjoy looking at Pollock's work and a few other pieces engaged me. I am glad I went. I see that they still do not have a one way system, nor do... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review us. I'm glad you enjoyed the exhibition. I think the show presents a really strong mix of artworks. I was however sorry to hear that people we not going in for their allocated time slot. This should be the case. There is also a one way system to enter the gallery (but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bought a ticket - on the day, no queuing or entry restrictions - to the Abstract Expressionism exhibition. Powerfully brought together retrospective. Draws out the themes with meaningful selections from the work of key artists. The rooms are classical in design.

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

Thank you for your lovely review. I'm really pleased to hear you enjoyed the exhibition. Our demand does vary throughout the week though. If you are planning to visit at a weekend, or during the Christmas holidays, I would strongly recommend prebooking. Thanks for sharing your experience. We hope to see you again soon. Many thanks, Kate More 

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