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The Cartoon Museum

Address: 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH , England (Bloomsbury / Holborn)
Phone Number: 020-7580 8155
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Ranked #377 of 924 Attractions in London
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This museum is a hidden gem not far from the British Museum. It is largely run by volunteers all of whom were both helpful and well informed. Although it is not alarge museum they made good use of the space. When we visited in October they had a fantastic Hogarth exhibition, which had a great amount of information displayed alongside... More 

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Very interesting, but wouldn't like to pay the full price(used Railcard 2:1 offer). Covers a wide range of ages but a lot of reading required. Not much in the way of British comics, other than a liberal scattering of Beanos.

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Cartoonmuseum, Manager at The Cartoon Museum, responded to this review

We're glad you found the displays interesting. Usually we have more British comics on display but this autumn we had the rare opportunity to display original Japanese manga which is gaining an increasing following in the UK. Perhaps you missed the contemporary Moose Kid Comics in the Young Artists Gallery. From this December we will be embarking on a four... More 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Visited here with my 17 year old son as we were looking for something a bit different. The museum is quirky with a comprehensive history of cartoons from Hogarth to present day. However the overall feel is just a little dry, as everything involves reading copious amounts of text to explain the significance. The entrance fee of £7 was a... More 

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Cartoonmuseum, Manager at The Cartoon Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that you and your son found the visit disappointing. We try to maximise the limited space and resources we have by showing over 230 original pieces of cartoon and comic art. Sometimes, as with Hogarth, people have the choice of reading the background information if they want to understand more about the... More 

Maidstone, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 via mobile

Came here with my 9 year old son who wanted to see lots of different cartoons to get ideas for drawing his own. Majority of those on display were Hogarth, so not what he was looking for at all. The description of the museum in leaflets & online is very misleading. Spent 10 mins looking round, certainly not worth the... More 

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Cartoonmuseum, Manager at The Cartoon Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry you and your son were disappointed. The Hogarth and Gekiga exhibitions are prominently displayed on the home page of the website, leaflet and on the banner in the window and we try to make it clear to people what is on show before they visit. Many children find our exhibition trails enjoyable so... More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

For some reason I had confused another (larger) cartoon museum with this one. Hence when going in we were a bit disappointed to find out we were in the wrong place. After looking around though, we found out that all the cartoons in the museum were not just for amusement but were to inform people reading it of what was... More 

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Cartoonmuseum, Manager at The Cartoon Museum, responded to this review

We are so glad that even though the museum was different to what you expected you still got a lot out of your visit. Yes, the children you saw doing the activity were doing the trail we produce for our young visitors. Lots of cartoons are created for adults but it's sometimes surprising how much children enjoy looking at interesting,... More 

High wycombe
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132 reviews 132 reviews
38 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I came thinking it going to be a good museum I paid 5.00 pounds. The museum has hogarth to the present day. There also temporary exhibitions I think I miss it there 2 floors. I spend only 10 mins here. I found it a bit boring sorry guys. Would I come back again? No

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

i like the Cartoon Museum so much that I took out a membership and I try to visit each time I am in London. The museum is small, but it consistently produces interesting and entertaining exhibitions to complement the permanent features. The shop has a wide range of cartoon collections, cards and books about cartooning and drawing. It is just... More 

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550 reviews 550 reviews
218 attraction reviews
274 helpful votes 274 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I came with a friend who obtained free entry via his Art Fund membership. There was quite a lot to see - hundreds and hundreds of cartoons which covered numerous aspects of WWI and provided an alternative history lesson via the interesting and comprehensive explanations alongside as well as an insight in to the sense of humour that must have... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

A small museum that is located near the British Museum. The Museum presenting works that describe the atmosphere in Britain during World War I. Very interesting. Nice atmosphere. We paid 7 £ per person.

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Interesting exhibition currently running on WW1. This museum is bijou, nevertheless, worth a visit to see brilliant original sketches and history of comics, etc. Very close to the British Museum so could tie-in both.

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