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The Cartoon Museum

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Address: 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH , England
Phone Number: 442075808155
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Description: The Cartoon Museum is a small museum which shows a selection of original...
The Cartoon Museum is a small museum which shows a selection of original cartoon and comic art, and a very small amount of animation, mostly by British artists, from the 1750s to the present day. There are three galleries including one showing a changing temporary exhibition showing about 230 works which are densely hung. Please note the museum is totally self-funded, receiving NO money from government or local government. To enable as many people as possible to visit, reductions are available for students, concessions and it's totally free to under-18s, Art Fund members and Friends of the Museum. We are closed over Christmas/New Year and on occasional Mondays for rehanging.
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A hidden gem

Small and select collections, that you can browse easily in an hour or so. Close to the British Museum, and well worth the quick walk over to see some really cool bits of cartoon... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Small and select collections, that you can browse easily in an hour or so. Close to the British Museum, and well worth the quick walk over to see some really cool bits of cartoon history, from Alice in Wonderland to Charlie Hebdo.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Whilst I enjoyed going round this museum and looking at the many faces of Alice in Wonderland It was a shame that not more cartoons could have been represented. I also appreciate that in the space there is only so much that can be on show without overcrowding. I love Simon's Cat but such a shame that there was only... More 

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

Thank you for your review Pamela. As you mentioned we have limited space but we try to pack as much as possible into the space we have. As you said, you saw a Simon's Cat animation - and we hope you saw Simon's original sketchbook too. We are allowed to show one of the animations only. I'm sorry you thought... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

A nice little museum. So good to be able to see original artwork from a wide range of artists and publications. An enjoyable hour or so in the Gallery and a browse round the shop. The subject deserves a much bigger space, but hopefully the museum will go on to bigger and better things , so go along and support... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

it had lovely pictures ... very pleadant i looked at every single one them and took lots of photos... it was truly the best place ever in london ... i hope it bigger than it is

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Perth, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Unless you like Alice in Wonderland this is a omplete waste of time and money. 7 pounds admission a joke. Hardly mentions any popular cartoons, only The Beano. Very disappointing

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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Fascinating collection of cartoons, especially the political ones form WW2. Not what I expected, but a great, if small collection. Good for an hour or two of exploration, just a short walk for eth British Museum

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Heerlen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Lovely little museum, with special themed exhibitions like Alice in Wonderland. I had a good laugh. Good shop with plenty of funny gifts.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

So I went to this place cause it was free thanks to the London Pass and it was only a block away from the British Museum. I did like the current exhibit about Alice in Wonderland. Unless you are a hard core British cartoon fan or have the London Pass then not sure I would pay to see it. But... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The Cartoon Museum is really quite small and, as others have noted, relatively costly - especially when compared to its Big neighbour the British Museum! So it's wise to check what the temporary exhibition is, and to try and time your visit with one you're interested in. The current (15 July to 1 November 2015) one is "Alice in Cartoonland",... More 

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

We're glad you enjoyed your visit. Though the museum is small in area there are over 230 original cartoons, caricatures, comics and animation cels on show - we pack a lot into a small space. Yes, it is mostly British cartoons and comics but we never cease to be surprised and pleased at how many of our overseas visitors really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Visited museum 2 times, 10th and 17th of July. Temporary exhibitions are definitely worth visiting, both WWII cartoons and Alice in Wonderland were very interesting. Museum bookstore also worth to visit, as some really nice books on drawing, comics and art in general could be found there.

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