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“Discover this wonderful small museum at the heart of UCL”
Review of UCL Art Museum

UCL Art Museum
Ranked #1,165 of 1,828 things to do in London
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Owner description: UCL Art Museum is home to over 10,000 works of art, dating from the 1490s to the present day. Its collaborations with researchers and artists offer new perspectives on familiar and rare objects through exhibitions in a traditional print room at the heart of the university in Bloomsbury. Highlights include old master prints and drawings, contemporary art from the UCL Slade School of Fine Art, and the Flaxman Gallery, which showcases plaster models by neo-classical artist John Flaxman in a Victorian installation under UCL’s dome.
Reviewed January 27, 2012

If you work or study in the Bloomsbury/Holborn area, do yourself a favour - leave your desk during your lunch break and head to UCL Art Museum. It's conveniently located right in the heart of UCL's campus - just pass through the main gates and cut through the Quadrangle to the South Cloisters. Don't be put off by the university atmosphere, as this Museum is actually open to all and a very welcoming place.

The current temporary exhibition looks at Rousseau's life and work, and includes an early copy of his Social Contract signed in fading brown ink in the top right corner by its previous owner, one Jeremy Bentham (who is sitting in a nearby corridor on campus, stuffed with straw). The opening hours are 1-5pm on weekdays.

There's also a wealth of stuff in the Museum normally hidden from view - don't be put off by the whole thing around making an appointment with the curator to see some of the artworks. Whatever you're interested in, there's bound to be something for you: Old Master drawings and prints, Japanese prints, contemporary caricatures of the French Revolution, prize-winning material from Slade students past and present and lots of others besides. If you're after big names then Turner, Constable, Rembrandt, Durer and Van Dyck should keep you happy. It's a great little place, hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Reviewed January 25, 2012

On at the moment is an exhibition on Rousseau which has some rare editions of his works as well as a collection of French prints and drawings. Don't be put off by the small space! The works here are really fantastic, some really rare things. Also, be sure to look out for the really interesting drawing of a view of London on the right hand side wall as you walk in.

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Reviewed January 23, 2012

I had the pleasure of seeing both the previous exhibition "Word & Image" and the current exhibition "Rousseau 300". The exhibition space is small but focused, and the quiet space provides a welcome change as it allows you a unique close-up experience with the artworks, and even use magnifying glasses! The UCL Art Collection has an impressive range of works, including original early modern prints by artists such as Durer and Mantegna, in addition to paintings by famous Slade artists such as Augustus John. The current exhibition "Rosseau 300" celebrates Roussau's tercentenary, and includes unique first editions of some of Rousseau's works. I found the exhibition very educational, and the staff very friendly and helpful.

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