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The Courtauld Gallery

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Address: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN , England
Phone Number: 0207 8348 2526
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Its...
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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Quiet, delightful gallery

If you just see it from the Thames you might not know there's an art gallery in the magnificent building, but it's very much worth the effort to get there. It's a "do-able" size... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

If you just see it from the Thames you might not know there's an art gallery in the magnificent building, but it's very much worth the effort to get there. It's a "do-able" size for anyone, and it's loaded with treasures that make you say, "Oh, I didn't know THAT was in this museum." There's a peacefulness here that you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

An oustanding collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings in a peaceful atmosphere. A treat for your eyes and your heart. I would definitively recommend this small art gallery for anyone who loves art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We visited the Courtauld last weekend. The collection of impressionist paintings is amazing - you go from one famous work (e.g. the Bar at the Folies Bergeres) to another - such as Degas' ballerinas. Apart from the power of the works, the joy is it's so easy to see them compared with the crowds at the blockbuster exhibitions in which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

I have passed by the Courtauld so many times and not gone in. I had no idea it contained so many wonderful works of art, particularly Impressionist. It's a small, intimate museum and you can get right up close and personal to the art. That alone is awesome. Nice cafe, too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

what an amazing building and collection. There was a special Goya exhibit when we were there and well worth the money to see it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I skipped the doubtless excellent Goya special exhibit to view the permanent collection and what a joy. Focus on the Impressionists with some famous pieces most people will recognise. Not too busy. On this March weekday afternoon there were often only three or four people in each gallery room - a nice change after a morning at the nearby National... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The Courtauld is renowned for its extremely interesting and unusual special exhibitions. In the Spring of 2015 the gallery presented Goya's Witches and Old Women Album, bringing together the pages of an album of drawings by Francisco Goya. These pages were separated long ago and divided amongst various collectors and museums. They are shown together for the first time since... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We had been told to see this museum. The building is so gorgeous -- but I discovered that my reason for being here was really Manet's lady at the Foiles Bergere bar. I have loved this painting but had never seen it in real life, which now seems amazing to me. It is HUGE. I now really love it. And... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I visited last Thursday. It is a gallery I frequently visit when in London. The collection is not huge, but the Impressionist work - both paintings and sculptures are exceptional. Also the gallery is not full of crowds of tourists so that you can view the exhibits with only a handful of other people in the room. For those who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Superb Collection. Goya Special exhibition the icing in the cake. Building as beautiful as much of the art.

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With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
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