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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 on Mondays but OPen BANK HOLIDAY MONDAYS. Closed over Christmas/New Year.

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Small but perfectly formed

We saw the 'heroes and villains' exhibition. A really well-curated exhibition of heroes and villains in cartoons. There were some modern day examples including some British... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We saw the 'heroes and villains' exhibition. A really well-curated exhibition of heroes and villains in cartoons. There were some modern day examples including some British classics like 'Skin' and 'Dan dare' and a number of Steve Bell and other satirical artists. Great exhibition. Upstairs was an exhibition of comics and some comic art. Lots of Beano and Dandy and... More 

Thank C H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great little Museum run by people who really seem to care about the subject, Looked at some great stuff that made me laugh out loud. The Plumber by Bateman was my favourite, very funny. A volunteer was drawing Cartoons he hopes will be published, a very talented young map an, I wish him luck. A place you can miss,... More 

Thank Vinylment
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is quaint and tucked away in a corner but a fantastic find for anyone who appreciates cartoon/comic art. There are interactive stations for children, and there is quite a bit of artwork, especially considering the size of the place. The displays are always changing, so it's worth visiting multiple times. There are chairs and tables and a library... More 

Thank Beth W
Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was visiting the museum when a fantastic exhibition called "The great british graphic novel" was showing. Truth be told, this museum really is rather small - but have no doubts, the amount of art I saw and information I gained from this visit was vast! Also, in my experience, somehow the museum's small size made me feel more comfortable... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum it could be something great but only have a few samples of English cartoons and nothing more. Which is a pity since you must invest seven pounds in the entrance to see those sample...

Thank Juan W
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love the Cartoon Museum in Bloomsbury. Tucked away in Little Russell Street near the British Museum, the Cartoon Museum receives very little funding, yet manages to sustain a vivid, rolling programme of exhibitions covering everything from The Beano to William Hogarth. There are workshops for kids and courses for adults, too.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nephew, into drawing and cartoons in a big way really enjoyed this small museum. Free entrance for kids. Good shop also. At the western end of Little Russell street, easy to miss if you don't know where it is.

Thank rosco2
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great museum that everyone should visit. There was fantastic art up on the walls. Its a great space that shows the work very well.

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Kent, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

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 July 13, 2016

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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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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