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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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Rueben's

Well worth a visit. Spent a lovely afternoon here. Facilities are good and staff very helpful. Exhibition was well worth seeing.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit. Spent a lovely afternoon here. Facilities are good and staff very helpful. Exhibition was well worth seeing.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

My wife (who is a Friend of the RA) and I went to the Diebenkorn exhibition this week which was wonderful. Only a 100 or so pieces but the show was so well thought out and such lovely work. After viewing art at the RA we normally go for a cup of coffee in the Keeper's House. This time we... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the Royal Academy. I am sorry for the service you received in the Keepers House. If you have the time, would you be able to contact me directly on kate.topham@royalacademy.org.uk? I will speak with our catering team on your behalf, but if possible it would be really helpful to... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Visited the Rubens and Diebenkorn exhibitions last week, which were amazing. The galleries are very well set out, as you would expect, and the Rubens exhibition showed a number of works by other artists in the style of Rubens, which made it all the more interesting. Afterwards we had lunch in the Keepers Lodge restaurant in the basement, which is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

A great place with wonderful exhibitions. Just saw the Deibenkorn and it was FABULOUS. SO lucky to be be able to go to such a wonderful venue to see such amazing art works. The cafe is great ,too. Excellent food and drink. I would visit it even if not seeing an exhibition. The food is really first rate .That is... More 

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Thank you for your lovely review! More 

Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

It was a privilege to view the Anselm Kiefer exhibit at the RA, curated as it was around the theme of human passage through time in cycles. There was a focal installation called Ages of the World that tied all of Kiefer's exhibited works together. To the visitor from NY, such as I was, it was such an enriching experience... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We visited the gallery in march as part of a day out in London. The staff are really helpful if you are not sure what to have a look at,as you have to pay to see each exhibition. We went to the Diebenkorn exhibition. can't say I enjoyed his work but that is my taste not the galleries fault and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I found this exhibition fascinating. I know very little about art and artists butI love looking at paintings . For this reason the audio commentary was brilliant as it helped make sense of why paintings were grouped together. Well worth the £4. The atmosphere was relaxed and not too busy. We spent about 2 hours there . We went to... More 

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

My wife had recently completed a course on Rubens, which was just as well as many of the Rubens pictures used to show how they had influenced other artists were not shown. Yes there were some Rubens sketches but it was the painting that made the influence. To make up for the lack of Rubens paintings there was not enough... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Rubens paintings and his impact on other great artists was a very interesting theme it was very impressive to see his inspration llasted almost 300 years

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

Thank you for such a lovely review. I'm glad you enjoyed the exhibition! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The exhibition features a few Rubens paintings and is mostly about his legacy, i.e. how he inspired painters after him. Very interesting but rather academic. The Royal Academy - in itself a splendid venue of course - has had much more appealing exhibitions in the past.

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