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The Cartoon Museum

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Address: 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH , England
Phone Number: 442075808155
10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 5:30 pm

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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A fresh look at Comic Books as Art

With a range of exhibits that include cover art for Doctor Who books, to The Great British Graphic Novel (open until July 24) the Cartoon Museum is a unique gallery with something... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Centreville, Virginia
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Kent, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited this special exhibition, and enjoyed myself reading graphic novels, they were originally for adults and only became comics later. The engraved plates were an eye opener. My only reservation is that its a bit smll, and unless you are really oyt to get your moneys worth, you'r finished in little over an hour

Thank JamesKent
Burlingame, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Before heading to the British Museum, we stopped by the Cartoon Museum (only a block away) and enjoyed the exhibit on graphic novels.

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Centreville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

With a range of exhibits that include cover art for Doctor Who books, to The Great British Graphic Novel (open until July 24) the Cartoon Museum is a unique gallery with something to interest all ages. Located on Little Russell St. two short blocks from the British Museum, open Mon.-Sat. 10:30-17:30, Sun.12:00-17:30, entry is £7, concession£5, student£3, and free for... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Never knew something like this existed until a friend mentioned going to see it. Very close to the British Museum so you can easily find it. Small space but packed with interesting comic book art. Never having been interested in comics myself, I learned a lot about them and how they comment on current social issues. It took us about... More 

Thank suzabella60
Jaipur, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very close to British museum, this museum in a small place will interest the children. . They have entry through their small and cramped shop. Pay 7GBP to enter the gallery in two floors. Not much of place to sit and enjoy. Doctor Who is enjoyed by most of the visitors. Good for children as they can enjoy comics.

1 Thank RajnishPathak
Stoke-on-Trent, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

One of Britain's hidden treasures and a must for any comic book artist. Hidden away across the road from the British museum is a small museum full of genuine British treasure. The artwork in the main exhibition for the Great British Novel was varied and excellent, and sometimes seeing the printed comic does do justice to the original art. If... More 

Thank Beerade
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

I'd never known this odd little museum existed until our daughter, doing A level art & graphics, wanted to visit. Breadth of items is good and I would have loved to see more depth/ quantity on display. We generally found the upstairs more interesting for us, especially with the Dr Who exhibition. More space for seating to admire the art... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

Although this was a good museum, I was expecting more cartoons. There were a few cartoons spread out in a large room, but felt it needed livening up slightly.

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Interesting place with cartoons you will remember from your childhood. You can spend hours walking around. I definitely recommend this museum.

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Cambridge England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Charity run museum so worthy of support,but great fun anyway for an hour or two. Current exhibition tracing the history of cartoons but lots of permanent examples to see and a great well stocked shop to bring back memories and get some fun greetings cards! £7 entrance fee but free with Art Fund card (- what great value they really... More 

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Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance access to many of London's most popular attractions. It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated museums, including the must-see British Museum. Despite an understandable popularity with students, tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury retain a quiet, residential feel year round and throughout the week.
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