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Royal Academy of Arts

Burlington House | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England (Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park )
020 7300 8000
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Ranked #137 of 854 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Art Museums, Cultural
Owner description: Founded in 1768, this thriving center of artistic excellence is the oldest fine arts institution in...
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Type: Educational Sites, Art Museums, Cultural
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Fri 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: 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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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Little known Italian painter. Most incredible portraits. Have to be seen. Not too crowded, easy to get to the paintings

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

We visited The Royal Academy in order to visit an exhibition displaying the portraits and altar pieces of a little known 16th century Italian artist, Giovanni Battista Moroni. The naturalistic portraits were truly outstanding and very photographic in the representation of facial features and the clothing worn by the sitters. It was a long climb up the stairs to the... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

The RA is part of a complex of institutions which comprise Burlington House. Adjacent are the Society of Antiquities, the Linnean, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Geological society. These others are worth knowing about because of the plethora of free lectures and events which are well worth attending. The RA has a bit of a permanent collection, but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Not much to add to other posts; it's a provocative and memorable show. My top tips and reason for posting though are to go last thing in the day if you can. We did, went on to have a drink and meal in The Keeper's house, so on leaving the courtyard was dark and empty. The massive outdoors vitrine with... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

You can see more than one exhibition with membership card and another person goes in free with you. An exhibition for every taste is always available.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We (family with two teenagers) went on Saturday, and the first floor (with Kiefer's work) was busy. Compellingly curated, the exhibition allows viewers to delve into Anselm Kiefer's world - from the early stages that some have criticized as simplistic polit provocation, to a painful journey through Germany's culture, devastated and negated through Nazism. Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann references... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Visited this exhibition recently on the Bergamese painter Moroni (technically from Albino near Bergamo). I don't know how significant Moroni was in the overall context, but the exhibition made a very good case as to why he is exceptionally important in the field of portrait painting. Some excellent portraits of the rich and famous in Bergamo. Some smaller fine portraits... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Although a lot of London's museums are free of entrance fee, it was worth spending 14 pounds for the Anselm Kiefer exhibition. one huge installation was solely developed for this exhibit. not only for AK fans.

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Lincoln, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Giovanni Battista Moroni was one of the greatest portraitists of 16th-century Italy, are there any painters of genius still left to discover? This was a fresh presentation of Moroni’s exceptional portraits. I also took in the work of Anselm Kiefer which was the largest exhibition of the German artist’s work ever held in the UK.

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Anslem Kiefer is a force of nature. Working in his own private universe, producing astonishingly spectacular works which reach out to us all. The RA is less generous of spirit. Firstly the ticket price of £14 you’d have thought would be enough, especially as this event is sponsored by the bank BNP Paribas. They want you to make an additional... More 

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

Thank you for visiting the Royal Academy of Arts and for taking the time to share your experience. Anselm Kiefer RA is a fantastic exhibition; both absorbing and challenging. I’m glad you enjoyed it. The donation that you mention on your ticket relates to Gift Aid. The RA is an independent charity and as such we can participate in the... More 

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