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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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Van Gogh expo

Loved the Van Gogh exposition, called "Letters to Theo", just wonderful. It was the reason I was drawn to him as an artist.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Loved the Van Gogh exposition, called "Letters to Theo", just wonderful. It was the reason I was drawn to him as an artist.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Museum staff are in the customer service business and should be able to courteously answer a question. Instead, one RA gallery guard was rude and refused to even answer a question, even when it was pleasantly rephrased 4 times. Similar behavior by other staff indicate poor management at the RA, where arrogance and haughtiness outweigh politeness. On the plus side... More 

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

I am so sorry to hear of your experience at the Royal Academy of Arts. I am concerned to hear that you were made to feel so uncomfortable and unwelcome. Our Visitors and Friends are at the centre of our organisation, and without them we cannot succeed. If you have the time, please email me directly on kate.topham@royalacademy.org.uk. I would... More 

New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The Royal Academy of Arts is a beautiful museum with special exhibits that are well worth the visit. During my stay, I saw "Rubens and His Legacy," that contained a superb collection of Rubens and the art that he influenced, such as Van Dyck and Cezanne. While that show is now closed, this is a place always worthy of a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Went to the Rubens exhibition. The ear phone commentary was useful. Even though the place was packed, it worked. Not cheap but then neither are the great masters. I never visit London without checking out the RA.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Wonderful exhibition. Just wish the cafe was more realistic with their prices. My friend took me to the Friends cafe where I had a salad and juice that cost me £16! Was shocked. However, I ate at the restaurant a month ago and I would really recommend this venue. The food and service here was amazing. a real treat. Shame... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Can't say how disappointed my daughter and I were with this exhibition. For the exorbitant price we expected much better than this. Half an hour was enough to see all that was on offer, and it really wasn't worth it. For much less you can spend a fabulous ENTIRE day at Hampton Court or Kew Gardens and Palace.

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

Dear Kathy, thank you for visiting the Royal Academy of Arts. I am sorry that you and your daughter did not enjoy our exhibitions. We currently have 'Richard Diebenkorn', 'Stanley Anderson RA' and 'The Future of Housing' - a fairly diverse offer! I hope that you will be able to visit us again and find something that is more to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

The RA hosts major exhibitions and is worth a visit if there is something of interest to you. The gallery is on the well-worn tourist trail, so it doesn't involve going out of your way. During my visit, there was a Richard Diebenkorn retrospective (excellent) and a "Rubens and his influence" show (bad). Despite the mixed bag, I was glad... More 

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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I visit the The Royal Academy of Arts every time I'm in London. This time, there was Rubens and His Legacy exhibition. It was very interesting to see how Rubens made an impact on the artists coming after him. I would highly recommend to see it.

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

The galleries are well laid out, and you really get a feel for the history and elegance of the place. We had lunch in the restaurant and were pleased with our food and the layout. However on tidying out receipts from my purse later after the visit, I saw that as well as the meal we had also been charged... More 

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

Thank you for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed the galleries and your lunch. I was however concerned to hear that you were overcharged at the Restaurant. If you have the time, would you be able to email me on kate.topham@royalacademy.org.uk to discuss this further? I will raise this with our catering team on your behalf but it would be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Fascinating exhibition - learnt a lot about those that followed Him and used his themes and imagery in later, famous works..

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