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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 #206 of 1,084 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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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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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

We visited the summer show and had a look round the free bits on a day trip to London. As galleries go once you've trotted up tickets and a catalogue it got a bit expensive but I cannot complain about the standard of exhibitions and atmosphere in the place, it oozes history yet is contemporary and wonderful. I suppose we... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

Again attended the summer exhibition with my partner and we loved it. Staggered out after 2.5 hours not having absorbed more than a fifth of it but brains on overload. There is just so much to see. The massive the tiny, the landscapes, the seascapes, the vases of flowers and plenty of stuff to hang over the mantelpiece. Then there... More

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

It's that annual art jamboree at the Royal Academy of Arts...the summer exhibition where the 90 odd Royal Academicians showcase their six masterpieces. Same old daubings which they did in their student days. To liven up proceedings they invite young the 'Turks of the Art World' to beef up their sad old scratchings. Plus they invite 11,000 talented amateurs but... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

In the heart of London - on Piccadilly opposite Fortnums - set behind an airy courtyard, the RA is a delight and surprise. The permanent collection contains some real treasures, and the galleries themselves have a feeling of serenity and magnificence. Constantly changing exhibitions that appeal to a range of tastes make it well worth visiting. With innovative shows like... More

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