The Cartoon Museum
The Cartoon Museum
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10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
The Cartoon Museum shows a selection of original cartoon and comic art, mostly by British artists, from the 1750s to the present day. We are open again after lockdown, but please check our revised opening times. As the museum receives no funding from central or local government, admission charges apply but there are concessions available for students, OAPs, and registered unemployed. Admission is free to under-18s, Art Fund members, and ‘Friends of the Cartoon Museum’. Open Tuesday-Sunday, closed Mondays. Closed Christmas-New Year.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Fitzrovia
This sophisticated and sociable slice of Central London is a shopper’s paradise, offering the latest fashions, gadgets, and souvenirs. Fitzrovia is conveniently located between the major retail thoroughfares of Regent Street to the west and Tottenham Court Road to the east, with a handful of well connected Tube stations dotted around the area for easy transport. This neighborhood is a favorite among foodies as well, with an impressive number of quality restaurants, pubs, cafes and food shops vying for your patronage – especially along Charlotte Street and near Goodge Street Station.
How to get there
  • Oxford Circus • 5 min walk
  • Goodge St • 6 min walk
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  • syl_via
    Singapore55 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    so-so...
    okay if you like cartoon depictions on things. it's pretty small so you probably won't need a lot of time there. don't think it's worth a special visit, but fine for a visit if nearby the area.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 30, 2023
  • andrew l
    Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A real gem
    What a gem of a gallery. Yes, it’s small and in a basement. And, yes, it’s down a side street. But what a treat for anyone with even the slightest interest in humour, news and British politics. We spent a couple of hours looking at the cartoons, and we ran out of time. It’s probably not a destination for young families, but this is one of the best museums/exhibitions we’ve visited in London. And we’ve been regular London visitors for years and years. Oh, and it’s got a brilliant selection of cards, posters, books, and gifts for sale.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 1, 2023
  • Carole S
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom855 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting museum, worth a visit...
    I really liked it here. I liked reading the information about the cartoons to understand their history and meaning. You could be mistaken to think that this is a children's attraction but it's for everyone. I enjoyed the Wallace and Gromit section as well. Lovely staff. A great place to pop along to in between other attractions. Recommend. Carole : )
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 7, 2024
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK3,126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I discovered this museum through atlas obscura and decided to pay it a visit. Unfortunately google maps took us on a very bizarre route but we found it eventually. If you are looking for it it's just off Oxford Street.

The museum is underground and there are loads of cartoons to see from throughout the ages. Some are funny, some are controversial but all are entertaining and thought provoking.

They have an excellent gift shop with lots to buy depending on the size of your pocket or your age.

The staff were all very friendly and we received a great welcome. Definitely worth checking out.
Written February 9, 2020
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MattG282
Biddulph, UK154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
This was a really enjoyable experience for the whole family. We enjoyed viewing all the work. The workshop by Steve made the visit. All the family got involved and Steve was excellent in engaging my children and teaching them something new. Overall great visit, I feel the museum could have more interaction points for younger children and perhaps more younger material for them to view.
Written August 24, 2022
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Karen H
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Would have put lower if I could. The website claims it is fully accessible. BE WARNED ; IT ISN’T.
My husband is a massive Judge Dredd fan so we went at great cost, time and effort to visit when they had the Judge Dredd anniversary gallery on from the Isle of Wight - quite a journey. When we finally found it with a few strands of sanity left, as it not well marked out or easily read on the map, we found it accessible only by a flight of steep stairs or a small lift you’d barely fit a chimney sweep in let alone a wheelchair.
IF THIS /HE IS THE LAW. Then he should be banned/ ashamed.
Written March 17, 2022
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Hi Karen, Thank you for your review - as you know we have responded already via email, and we have issued a refund. Unfortunately our lift is currently out of order, but the 'out of order' notice on the lift door does note the phone number for our front desk to call for assistance as we have another lift from street level to the museum, which can be used as an alternative means of access. As you were not able to locate this, we have learned from your experience and made a new sign with bigger text. I can also assure you that our main lift has plenty of room to fit wheelchairs, motorized scooters, prams etc in. A am sorry that you had a bad experience on this occasion, but we hope to see you again in the future. Joe Cartoon Museum Team
Written March 28, 2022
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NAHFMH
Macclesfield, UK64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Lovely small museum. My 12 year old is really into his art especially drawing his own cartons so we thought we would pop by on our recent London Trip. I did think it was going to be bigger an have lots about Rupert, The Beano and Dandy etc. BUT that is not a grumble, we really enjoyed having a look around and explaining the politics and history behind the works to my son.

I also really liked how sensory friendly the museum is with ear defenders and sensory backpacks. :) GREAT WORK!

Thanks
Written August 12, 2022
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andrew l
Ross-on-Wye, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
What a gem of a gallery. Yes, it’s small and in a basement. And, yes, it’s down a side street. But what a treat for anyone with even the slightest interest in humour, news and British politics. We spent a couple of hours looking at the cartoons, and we ran out of time. It’s probably not a destination for young families, but this is one of the best museums/exhibitions we’ve visited in London. And we’ve been regular London visitors for years and years. Oh, and it’s got a brilliant selection of cards, posters, books, and gifts for sale.
Written December 1, 2023
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syl_via
Singapore55 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
okay if you like cartoon depictions on things. it's pretty small so you probably won't need a lot of time there. don't think it's worth a special visit, but fine for a visit if nearby the area.
Written August 30, 2023
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leileireid
London, UK715 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
Great little museum! I really enjoyed my visit and the staff where chatty, helpful and friendly. I really liked how they took the time to orientate me after I had purchased my ticket.

The museum is small, I spent about an hour there and there is a lot to look at. I am not in to art or drawing or cartoons really but I do like history so I found it an excellent way to spend an hour. Will be recommending to friends and family.
Written September 2, 2022
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Carole S
Milton Keynes, UK855 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I really liked it here. I liked reading the information about the cartoons to understand their history and meaning.

You could be mistaken to think that this is a children's attraction but it's for everyone.

I enjoyed the Wallace and Gromit section as well.

Lovely staff. A great place to pop along to in between other attractions.

Recommend.

Carole : )
Written April 7, 2024
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Sandygranny
Sandy, UK936 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
If you are interested in British cartoon art, comic art and caricatures, this tiny museum is worth some of your time. The museum is not far away from the British Museum and worth a short visit. It houses a collection dating from the 18th century to the present day.

The Comics gallery displays original artwork featuring Dennis the Menace, Beryl the Peril, the Bash Street Kids, Minnie the Minx, Desperate Dan, Roger the Dodger and Dan Dare.

There are also politically minded works, including some selected by celebrities and members of the public, as well as a collection of work by young artists.

There is a nice shop where we bought a few small gifts.
Written September 7, 2016
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Sandygranny
Sandy, UK936 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
If you like cartoons, comics, caricatures and animation, this is an interesting place to have a wander round. We had visited last year after having been to the British Museum and thought we would do the same this year. The British Museum is only a short distance away.

My favourite is the comics gallery, there are so many characters I remember from my childhood.

The Cartoon Museum shop is also worth a visit, it is well stocked with more than 900 books on the history of cartoons and comic-strips, children’s books, cards, posters, prints and cartoon-related novelty gifts.
Written June 30, 2017
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