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Royal Academy of Arts

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Address: Burlington House | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England
Phone Number: 020 7300 8000
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Description: Founded in 1768, this thriving center of artistic excellence is the oldest...
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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The Summer Exhibition

An annual visit, always with plenty to give one pause for thought and discussion. We felt that this year's exhibition was much better than last years, and the new room layouts... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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North Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

An annual visit, always with plenty to give one pause for thought and discussion. We felt that this year's exhibition was much better than last years, and the new room layouts worked particularly well.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

The R A summer exhibition is always worth a visit and this year some of the paintings and sculpture are well worthwhile. The exhibition is better hung than I have seen it with small paintings getting a bit of wall space. I liked the pink gallery. As so often is the case, some works are not worthy of the space... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

A very crowded exhibition of extremely varied quality. Little 'wow factor' and any anything of any interest seems to be sold already. As so much has been crammed in it means some paintings are displayed high on the walls and can't really be viewed properly. Little in the way of sculpture.

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Benson, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Haven't been to the RA for many years and delighted to find the Summer Collection a most enjoyable experience. Plenty for all tastes and entry only £11 for Seniors. Also popped into the Magna Cart exhibition to brush up on the history of our Nation. Most interesting, do go if you can.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I visited the royal academy of arts for a launch event. The building in majestic, the staff very courteous and overall I would recommend using this venue for events. It rates high in the wow factor scale.

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West Stockbridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The history of the Royal Academy is fascinating. The work will interest some more than others - check to see what is on when you are in town. Seriously accessible location - right on Piccadilly.

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Thank you for taking the time to review the Royal Academy. I'm glad you enjoyed the visit - there is certainly a lot to see! Thanks, Kate More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Curated by Michael Craig Martin a fun exhibit referencing new artists and modern pop art. Several rooms full of great art and sculptures of various sizes.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We go every year to see the Summer Exhibition and it was great this year, very enjoyable BUT I was feeling light headed needed some salt and some water. Crisps, the kind all supermarkets sell - £1.50 and ordinary supermarket water - £2.50. Spolied the visit for me, its a rip off. As a matter of principal I went 2... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

start and finish with the stripy staircase, and you will have a smile on your face. the art is in some cases an acquired taste but will inspire you to try for your self, the expression i could do that springs to mind.... well go on then try.

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Morpeth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Booked for the Summer Exhibition. Interesting as usual, always buy the illustrated to review at home. Cool inside, sat in the courtyard afterwards, delightful .

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Address: Burlington House | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England
Phone Number: 020 7300 8000
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Mayfair
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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