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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 #213 of 1,085 attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Educational Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Long Bennington
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

First time visit. Sooo many pictures. You take your own tastes and attitudes with you and if you find things strange, then so be it. It is all a matter of what you find satisfying, and funny if you find it funny. A great experience - you should go there at least once in your life.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

My friend invited me for Dennis Hopper exhibition. It was Friday evening but the venue was not overcrowded and comfortable going through all exhibitions.

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Ampleforth, United Kingdom
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Went to the summer exhibition for the first time in 8 years. Not good. I wandered slowly through the 2,200 exhibits trying desperately to find something beautiful, something admirable something that would inspire my own paltry daubings. Something that would make me gasp in amazement at the creative skill and genius of the artist. Virtually nothing...nada. Most were ugly pretentious... More

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Tehran, Iran
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

beautiful building , we went to see Dennis Hopper photo exhibition. it was very nice displayed. the shopping store is great here , and you have a very nice restaurant inside too.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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62 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Went to see the Michelangelo sculpture (of Mary and Jesus and John the Baptist) and, even though that section of the museum was closed, they let us in to take a look. Beautiful and very moving!

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Art i love, but what is good art? the Royal Academy show this year is surely just for curiosity as i only saw handful of pictures worth taking the trouble to look at. the rest for the main part must be hung to cover wall space. you take a look and perhaps you'll see something I'm missing.Look out for a... More

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Suffolk
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42 reviews 42 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Totally awesome .... If you like modern art and design! Well worth the £10 entrance. Beautifully displayed and surprisingly not at all busy, we went at 11am weekday. If you don't know much about 20th century South American artists it's worth doing a little research or buying a headphone commentary as there is no information inside the exhibition about the... More

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Went to the Summer Exhibition with a group of friends and family. We didn't want to pin ourselves down to a time by booking ahead online so we just turned up when we wanted and bought the tickets from the desk...no problem! The exhibition was very varied in style, content and the prices of the artwork. We all really enjoyed... More

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Kilwinning, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Visited with friends and not being an art expert did not know what to expect. We took in the Summer Exhibition and felt by the end of our visit that there was a lot of art work we liked. There is a wide variation on the type on show and would have thought that most people would have found various... More

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Market Rasen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We visited the RAA for the Summer Exhibition and were delighted with the experience. The art work on the walls in the rooms sometimes has to wait while you take a few minutes to admire the building itself, in all its glory. Staff were unobtrusive but ever present and the open entrance area is light and welcoming. The RAA most... More

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