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The Courtauld Gallery

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Address: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN , England
Phone Number: 442078488586
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world...

The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Its collection stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century and is particularly renowned for the unrivalled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The Gallery also holds an outstanding collection of drawings and prints and fine example of sculpture and decorative arts.

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I was standing only inches from a real Van Gogh picture, a Monet , Gaugan... nothing between me and the pictures I was so overwhelmed I almost steamed up. This is truly worth... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 11, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 NEW

I was standing only inches from a real Van Gogh picture, a Monet , Gaugan... nothing between me and the pictures I was so overwhelmed I almost steamed up. This is truly worth visiting. Do yourself a favour, visit this gallery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 NEW

This is my favourite gallery, the building is work of art it it's own right and the paintings are spectacular. Some of the most famous paintings in the world are here and you can walk right up to them, close enough to see every detail. The impact of the pictures is hard to desribe, the images are ones you have... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 NEW

Saw this this morning, initially had high hopes given the artists listed Works were fine but a little disappointed There are a lot of steps however there is also a lift We did plan to stop for coffee in the cafe but it didn't smell quite right

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 NEW

My favorite gallery in London. The National Gallery is fantastic as well but I think the Courtauld is one of those hidden gems that every art lover needs to see. Tucked away in the massive Somerset House, the Courtauld is full of beautiful paintings, focusing mainly on the Impressionist period and thus home to great works of Seurat, Monet &... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 NEW

beautiful lighting and display. Some fine Impressionists and interesting earlier artefacts. Lovely location within Somerset House, and a great cafe and shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

While the V and A is my favourite museum in London, the Courtauld is by far my favourite collection. I never tire of viewing the paintings here. Highly recommend it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

This art museum is in the beautiful Somerset House and is not so enormous that you can really enjoy the paintings by Monet, Vangogh, Dugas, and many other fine artists. My wife studied art in college and was moved by the fact she could see these famed artist's work from centuries past. Just a great exhibit and the somerset House... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

A bit off the beaten track,and it charges a nominal entrance fee, which may be why it's less besieged than the others, but what a magnificent collection--cherry-picked, sure, but sumptuous samples from medieval to Impressionists and post-Impressionists (lots of the iconic paintings you know so well) and a great representative sampling of the Brits (Bloomsbury people). A stroll through all... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

The Courtauld is not the National Gallery by no means size wise. It's a much more intimate gallery housed in the beautifully historic Somerset House. The infamous Vincent Van Gogh self portrait (with his ear bandaged) is featured here as well as works by Gauguin,Renoir,Monet,Pissaro,Degas and many more. A nice way to spend an afternoon rain or shine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Excellent collection of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. It is housed in Somerset House which is a stunning building and small square.

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