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The Cartoon Museum

35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH, England
+44 20 7580 8155
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The Cartoon Museum is a small museum which shows a selection of original cartoon and comic art, and a very small amount of animation, mostly by British artists, from the 1750s to the present day. There are three galleries including one showing a changing temporary exhibition showing about 230 works which are densely hung. Please note the museum is totally self-funded, receiving NO money from government or local government. To enable as many people as possible to visit, reductions are available for students, concessions and it's totally free to under-18s, Art Fund members and Friends of the Museum. We are closed on Mondays but OPen BANK HOLIDAY MONDAYS. Closed over Christmas/New Year.
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good45%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“comic art” (8 reviews)
“private eye” (5 reviews)
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35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH, England
Bloomsbury
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum is fairly small but entrance is not expensive. I really enjoyed looking around the comic strips. They have some original sketches from well known comic books/graphic novels. Worth a visit.

Thank Kate-Southend
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The shop has lots of funny stuff and I laughed more in the shop than in the museum which I found not very interesting at all. Far too much political stuff and most of it was depressing rather than funny - IMO. My son, who...More

Thank whomewhy
Cartoonmuseum, Manager at The Cartoon Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I am sorry that the museum was not your cup of tea. The word cartoon means many things to many people. We try to show a wide range of joke and political cartoons, both recent and historic, caricatures and comics. Our current exhibition of cartoon...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A small but informative museum detailing Comics, comic illustrators and history of British Comics. Ranging from the well known Beano, Roy of the Rovers and 2000ad all the way back to historical comic strips and satire throughout the ages. Scored a 3 as it is...More

Thank DarrellllerraD
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Relatively small and relatively interesting. Probably not best suited to children, despite the obvious efforts of the management. More suited to those interested in politics and social history.

Thank Netsmith
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting place to spend an hour or so. Section dedicated to comics (remember Bunty anyone?) and lots of political cartoons and cartoon strips (Andy Capp, Fred Bassett etc) plus lots from 1930s onwards. Highly recommend.

Thank A Ingrey
Reviewed 23 December 2017

Just 5 minutes walk from the Birtish Museum, so an extra idea . Small and not much advertised this museum has a small shop. There are discounts for seniors. The collection of cartoons starts in the restrooms - check these and the back of the...More

Thank fbcross
Reviewed 22 December 2017

This brings back memories of old favourites such as Fred Bassett, Flook, Garfield, the Eagle and so on and so on........ There are also political cartoons from previous centuries. Cartoons can be funny or satirical, challenging (i.e. Viz and Private Eye) or just laugh out...More

Thank flugelist
Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

A small museum devoted to cartoons, from the very earliest, incorporating newspaper strips, satire and comics (Beano, Dandy and Viz all get mentions). It is quite a small museum seeingly converted from a large period house, so space is limited. This meant that ther memories...More

Thank Graham A
Reviewed 17 December 2017

It could be argued that we live in a golden age for cartoons but wandering through the small museum highlights that cartoons have a long and glorious history. There wasn’t an exhibit that wasn’t worth looking at, so although the museum consists of only a...More

Thank Colin E
Reviewed 14 December 2017

What a wonderful museum spent an hour reading back copies of the beano and as for the political cartoons even better.

Thank Catherine D
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Bloomsbury
Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and
leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance
access to many of London's most popular attractions.
It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated
museums, including the must-see British Museum.
Despite an understandable popularity with students,
tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury
retain a quiet, residential feel year round and
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