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The Cartoon Museum

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Address: 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH, England
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+44 20 7580 8155
12:00 - 17:30
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Sun 12:00 - 17:30
Mon - Sat 10:30 - 17:30

The Cartoon Museum is a small museum which shows a selection of original...

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.

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Small and interesting

I was at the museum to accompany my child who was taking part in a workshop there (which he really enjoyed, incidentally!) It was small but packed with cartoons of historical... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 December 2016
Gravesend, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent exhibition at this cute museum. We go there regularly but felt this the best special exhibition. Made me laugh out loud!

Thank Penny W
Gravesend, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

I was at the museum to accompany my child who was taking part in a workshop there (which he really enjoyed, incidentally!) It was small but packed with cartoons of historical interest as well as some more recognisable ones. However I wouldn't say it was a museum for children. I'm sure that someone with a real interest in the history... More 

Thank MistyMeena
Chichester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

We went in November when the exhibition was Pictures From Punch. The museum is small but interesting, although not for small children as it really is a cartoon museum and not a collection of modern cartoons. Low cost and worth a visit.

Thank Alistair B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

There are plenty of big-business attractions designed to milk tourists. This is certainly not one of them. As someone who enjoys illustration, this has clearly been put together by people who care about the subject. The exhibits are very nice to look at (it was difficult to tear myself away from some Brian Bolland pencils) and are well annotated. Even... More 

1 Thank abcdxyz8876
Panjim, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Some very interesting cartoons you can find at this museum. Some thoughts were very interesting and impressive. Something I could not relate why they are in this museum but overall a great place to refresh your mind and smile as you walk out. It's one time visit

Thank Shantanushetye
Cartoonmuseum, General Manager at The Cartoon Museum, responded to this review

We're glad you found your visit interesting and that some of the cartoons made you smile. If you come again you will see different things as we change all the displays, both temporary exhibitions and our main galleries, every few months. Many of our visitors come back on a regular basis. More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

their collection covers a wide range of cartoon styles and although small it is well worth a visit, we enjoyed walking round reminiscing over many of the cartoons remembered from childhood, the staff were attentive and our daughter did a quiz sheet which led her round the exhibits looking for clues she really enjoyed it. You can take time out... More 

Thank normaanderson1
Cartoonmuseum, General Manager at The Cartoon Museum, responded to this review

We're so pleased your family connected with the variety of things on show and that your daughter got some much out of the trail. Yes, our volunteers are committed and enthusiastic and we are glad they enhanced your visit. We hope you'll come again. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

A lovely little museum with many wonderful pieces, my favourites being the satirical sketches found in the British press. If you're thinking you'll find Bugs Bunny or X-Men, you're in the wrong place. The gift shop is very good, again with lots of wonderful things, ranging from graphic novels and calendars to posters and cards.

Thank Alex H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

I found out about the Cartoon Museum after searching for the cartoonist Larry online. Ironically, he doesn't have a single cartoon exhibited. In its defence, this museum is a fabulous find for anyone interested in cartoons and appreciative of this art form. Occupying three floors, there is a great deal to see and admire in the collection, covering many of... More 

1 Thank MalvolioCheshire
Cartoonmuseum, General Manager at The Cartoon Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review - we're so pleased you found enough to fill four enjoyable hours. I'm sorry that you came at one of those rare times when we didn't have a Larry on display. We change our displays regularly and not just the temporary exhibitions. A Larry was on display until July and our next exhibition... More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

This museum has cartoon art from the politics of the 18th century, the turmoil of world affairs in the 20th century and childrens comics up to today. See original art from Frank Dickens Bristow, Frank Bellamy's Frazer and his version of Dan Dare. Original art for Dennis the Menace from when the world was not politically correct and Desperate Dan.... More 

1 Thank BRIAN B
Sandy, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

If you are interested in British cartoon art, comic art and caricatures, this tiny museum is worth some of your time. The museum is not far away from the British Museum and worth a short visit. It houses a collection dating from the 18th century to the present day. The Comics gallery displays original artwork featuring Dennis the Menace, Beryl... More 

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