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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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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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Laugh out loud at Honeysett

A compact small museum that takes a lot of time to savour and fully take in.The Honeysett cartoons made us laugh and laugh,the walls are densely covered with his fine drawings and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
johngmorris

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31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A compact small museum that takes a lot of time to savour and fully take in.The Honeysett cartoons made us laugh and laugh,the walls are densely covered with his fine drawings and illustrations.There is a room of cartoon history,up stairs there are British Comics and cartoons and a drawing room.There are 3 toilets,lots and lots of comics to read in... More 

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Thank johngmorris
Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great selection of cartoons from many ages and plenty of comics that reminded me of my childhood. The main exhibition was of Honeysett cartoons, which was brilliant

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Thank Ian R
Nevada Iowa, United States
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43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of those rare finds. It is just a small Museum about a block from The British Museum of Natural History. It Tells the history of Cartoons from Political satire to comic books. It is well worth the visit.

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Thank Charles N
St Albans, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited pre a visit to the British Museum as a fill in. However apart from the unwelcoming lady on the reception desk who seemed displeased we should be there it was most enjoyable and interesting.gillray was a cartoonist I was familiar with but the comparison with the work of later cartoonists made me see him afresh.

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Thank 48Jennifer
Brisbane, Australia
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152 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Small exhibition of political cartoons, particularly those of James Gilray. It was interesting to see how the original cartoons morphed into later depictions of the same theme. I would recommend this museum to avid followers of political satire.

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Thank DifromBrisbane
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We found the Cartoon Museum because it was a part of the London Pass, and even though we had to search a little around smaller back-roads to find it, we're delighted that we went. There are varying exhibitions on political, satirical and entertaining cartoons, from fascinating newspaper/critical pieces, all the way to the childhood characters we all know and love.... More 

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Thank SaoirseFaith
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Spotted this in the South West Train 2 for 1 booklet, although the cost each when we went was only £7.00 per adult and under 18s free. What a great find, it was full of the old comics and some really old cartoons from the past.It was interesting to see how illustrators from hundreds of years ago still influence artists... More 

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Thank Cjay407
Bergen, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

My girlfriend and I visited the Cartoon Museum on a day that we had a bit of extra time. It was an impulse thing so we did not know what to expect. I was surprised that quite a lot of the exhibition was about political cartoons, but being politically interested myself it was a pleasant surprise. The temporary exhibition that... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

A fair amount of stuff is fit into what is a reasonably small space. Many may consider this to be more similar to an exhibition than a full-blown museum but the variety of pieces on display is worth the price. This of course depends on your personal taste, but I was hoping to see more Judge Dredd and extended 2000AD.... More 

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Thank Jono F
Barcelona, Spain
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

What a waste of time this was a collection of comics and propaganda that I could easily access on the web. Overpriced. Overhyped. Wack.

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

We appreciate all feedback. Our small museum offers our visitors the chance to see original cartoon and comic artwork up close. In addition to finished drawings there are ink roughs, pencils, colour pages and sketchbooks many of which are not available on the web. Many illustration and comic students visit and tell us they are inspired by what they see.... More 

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