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Founded in 1768, this thriving center of artistic excellence is the oldest fine arts institution in Britain, whose exhibitions attract over a million people each year.
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Reviewed yesterday

When I lived within easy reach, the Summer Exhibition was an annual 'must see'. Having moved to Devon four years ago, this was a long awaited visit. The use of the Sackler wing made a huge difference and all work was comfortably visible. What a...More

Thank Susan H
Reviewed yesterday

A very nice palace, in the centre of London - everything should be noticed: rooms, doors, architecture, stairs, floors, illumination... Speaking about the 250th years exhibition, only a few of the displayed items worth a look, but there is fun anyway...

Thank Tiberiu D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We’ve been to the summer exhibition twice in the last five years and enjoy the mix of abstraction, pop, camp, lowbrow, and WTF art combined with people watching. All of the art is all available for purchase (but we have to prioritize eatting). Grayson Perry...More

Thank Marsviolet
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I'm worried! All too often the Summer Exhibition is badly curated, poorly displayed and features unmitigated tatt, along with its idiosyncratic blend (Ha! Blending requires thought and skill) of inspired, humorous or plain excellent art works. This year the display is sensible (slightly off set...More

Thank Mark E
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Grayson Perry’s curated 2018 summer exhibition is absolutely fabulous and it makes you smile or laugh out loud in every room. The best room is of course the yellow room, as you turn left from the first room which houses a monstrosity of a knitted...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Yes, the 250th Summer Exhibition is well worth seeing - and part of the fun is trying to spot which paintings or sculptures have been made by established Royal Academicians, and which by the lucky members of the public who had their work accepted. And...More

Thank Laurie P
Reviewed 4 days ago

Go if you go every year, but the shop is more stimulating. The show is a bit like a Jackson Pollock: stand back and throw everything on the wall that you picked up from a first year foundation class. The Sackler rooms are the best...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Exhibition very poor value for high entrance fee. Just three rooms with very few pictures and a boring and rather pretentious 56 minute video.

Thank Alison H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A must see if in London. From David Hockney to Michael Angelo. The summer exhibitions was amazing. It was very crowded so be prepared for this. Many pieces of art are available to purchase or get a print. I enjoyed the layout in each room....More

Thank Dorissa M
Reviewed 5 days ago

I was rather disappointed on my day to the Royal Academy of Arts. The staff were not helpful and I got lost going round in circles. There was some construction and few signs. I didn't spend as much time as I had anticipated. I'm sure...More

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Response from CarpeNox | Reviewed this property |
On the Friends of the Royal Academy web site you can purchase a gift membership.
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John A
June 28, 2018|
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Hi John, my name is Kate and I'm the Head of Friends and Visitor Experience at the RA. Shorts are absolutely fine! I hope you enjoy your visit. Many thanks, Kate
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I spent a lovely 3 hours. The thing is with galleries, its the experience, not just the looking! I like to take headphones, a nice bit of classical music and sit and watch the world go by as well.
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