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The Courtauld Gallery

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Address: Somerset House | The Strand, London WC2R 0RN, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7848 8586
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Its...

The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Its collection stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century and is particularly renowned for the unrivalled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The Gallery also holds an outstanding collection of drawings and prints and fine example of sculpture and decorative arts.

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A remarkable collection of Impressionist painting at this lesser-known museum.

What a delightful surprise to find an extraordinary collection of familiar Impressionist paintings at this unfamiliar museum! A manageable collection to be viewed in one day 00... read more

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a delightful surprise to find an extraordinary collection of familiar Impressionist paintings at this unfamiliar museum! A manageable collection to be viewed in one day 00 start at the top floor (4th level) -- by elevator if you prefer, view each floor and make your way down to the ground floor. Perfect ! I enjoyed an exhibit of drawings... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This rather small museum is a treasure and comfort when in London. Every painting and every room is like a jewel. You can come here just to get energy!

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For those of us who like to experience great art in smaller doses, and not have to look over someone's shoulder to see the paintings. Wonderful choices, well presented, in a perfect setting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The gallery is much smaller than the British Museum, but has a much cozier feel. The selection of art is diverse and breathtaking.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This small Gallery is really a Special place to visit, they have a lot of uniq Pictures, and now the days also a Roden exhibtion

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A must-see museum in London, especially for those who enjoy impressionist and post impressionist art as the collection was incredible and very well displayed in a lovely building. I loved the fact it was small and intimate. We had the good fortune to be there when Rodin's Dancer's was on exhibit. It was a lovely collection of the artist's drawings... More 

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Don't know how I could have missed visiting this gallery in all the past visits to London. Rodin, Picasso, Modigliani, Van Gogh, Manet, Bonnard, Degas, Renoir, etc etc! What beautiful important and notable pieces of work! Also enjoyed the religious art and paintings on the first floor and the sketches of building plans. The layout over several floors was pleasingly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum is a welcome antidote to the panic-inducing size of most of the other famous museum like the National Gallery and British Museum. The collection is varied and has some wonderful works by famous painters you will recognize, all set in a more person-sized environment. We enjoyed it immensely.

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Beautiful rooms, wonderful paintings, a nice variety of other arts, an amazing Rodin exhibition. Impressionist rooms are incredible!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

To my shame I'd never been to the Courtauld before, and we were blown away by the quality of the impressionist and post-impressionist collection there. Not huge, but top class paintings by Seurat, Monet, Manet, van Gogh, Gauguin, Sisley and Toulouse-Lautrec. The setting's an attractive one, the pictures are beautifully displayed, there aren't huge crowds, and there's a very fine... More 

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