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The Cartoon Museum

35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH , England (Bloomsbury / Holborn)
020-7580 8155
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Ranked #425 of 853 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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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Part of the joy of London is the many small museums that can be found - from the Sir John Soane collection in Lincoln's Inn to the William Morris Gallery out in Walthamstow - small enough to be enjoyed in a single visit and with an individual perspective on their subject - if you really enjoy cartoons and the people... More 

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62 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

I was a little disappointed with the cartoon museum and I expected to enjoy it a lot more. There is a small fee to pay for adults but its completely free for under 18’s. There is a sign in the museum which is pretty much a plea for people to make donations, but surely the museum is losing out on... More 

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Birmingham, UK
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

If your children are fans of The Beano then this is a friendly and relaxed haven. Many back copies of British comics are available to read, including the now-defunct "Dandy". The display upstairs shows the history of British comics and artists. You can see how Dennis the Menace has changed over the years as various artists have drawn him. Children... More 

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

I think we were expecting something different, i.e. more like the cartoon picture of the queen that advertises this place but found the art work quiet dark and depressing... However I will admit we aren't the arty types. Not sure of the cost as it was covered by the London pass and to be honest I wouldn't have been paid... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

This is a small gallery of less than 300 square metres: a couple of rooms across a couple of levels. Upstairs showcases their permanent exhibition while downstairs changes a couple of times a year. I happened to catch the Ralph Steadman exhibition and I quite enjoyed the caricatures of renowned figures, and his work with Hunter S Thompson. The owners... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

2 hour drawing classes for children (£10) My granddaughter age 11 loved the class and came away with two very good cartoon characters that she had learned to draw. She was still enthused and did another when she got home.

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Cork, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

I was wandering down the side streets having left the British Museum, and spied the Cartoon Museum at the corner, and decided to go in mostly for shelter from the rain. What I found inside was 2 small rooms, one containing what I assume to be the permanent collection and one containing the current show, a selection of political cartoons,... More 

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Dover, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

I suppose that everybody has a different image come into their mind when you say cartoon. For me, having grown up on a diet of Punch and being one of the few to have bought the much too short lived Cartoonist weekly newspaper, this was just the right place for me. Yes, it is small and a bit dingy which... More 

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London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

Very disappointed when we visited with our kids. Small very claustrophobic and not worth the visit. Only peppa pig for young children otherwise all old cartoons

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Reading, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

The entry fee is reasonable but too much focused on British artists and this is specified on the wall as well where you can read the FAQ. So if your aim and focus is on British artists only this makes of this museum a really niche one. The collection is small (understandably) but nice...anyway please change name of the museum... More 

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