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“Not lived up to expectations”

Royal Academy of Arts
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Owner description: 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.
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Not lived up to expectations”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

We visited this on a friend's birthday as per her wish, the Mexico exhibition. The building is imposing and very grand.
There is however only a small permanent collection which is only accessible during guided tour times. The Mexico exhibition was disappointingly small, with only four exhibition rooms with a few paintings. More photographs and other exhibits.
Also only a single, disappointingly miniscule Frida Kahlo exhibit.
Overall, we were not impressed and had to finish ourselves at the National gallery. Will probably save the expense next time and head to the Wallace collection, or Tate Britain.

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Go see!”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

The Australia art exhibition has two good things going for it - it's informative and not crowded!
It's such a joy to be able to view such interesting artworks without the usual "scrum" of the big must-see shows. The works displayed range from the first depictions of the continent by settlers, convicts and thought-provoking art by Aborigines, to modern-day illustrations of what Australia means to artists using different media. It is easy to navigate as it's displayed chronologically and the audio guide is really useful at putting flesh on the bones. I felt I learnt a lot about the country and its history through this exhibition. Go and see it!

Visited October 2013
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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“Our recent visits”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

We have attended many RA exibitions over the years and always thought highly of most of them
Recently we feel the treatment of visitors regarding cafe and restaurants inside to have gone down hill . Unless you are a member or prepared to pay a high price at the now rather over smart restaurant you have to be prepared to have coffee in a draughty area outside the restaurant or down in the cellar area in a tiny cramped and overcrowded coffee bar . The attitude of the superscilious "Hostess" on the front of the restaurant is very poor indeed and intended to make one feel unlikely to return . A number a other visitors felt the same as us

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“So interesting!”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

A friend asked me to the Australian exhibition. I was not at all sure what it would include. We found it to be so.intersting. The Aborigine art (especially the picture with the salt lake) was fascinating . It involved their whole view of life and nature . The the picture in the middle on the table looked like sand dunes when you looked at it straight on with ridges and all. The next room showed western art from Australia from 1800 to 1850 it was very interest for me as part of my family went to Australia in 1850, seeing pictures that were painted then gave me some idea of the country. There were then about another 8 rooms, in fact so much you really need to go twice.
The highlights for me were:the first room with Aboriginal pictures, second room with early paintings, the third room had some more early picture, and a screen with nature pictures . A very interesting one was of Tasmania in 1830 with flower garden.

We also had a very good lunch, artichoke soup

It was a really good day out. Usually I walk round and do not read everything, this time I was so interested that i read most information and I felt I leant a lot about Australian art

Visited September 2013
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Marlow, United Kingdom
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“Australia exhibition”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

The exhibition of Australian art from Aborigines to the present is outstanding. We go to most of their exhibitions (see the Mexico one before 30 Sept) and this one is one not to miss.

Visited September 2013
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