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“Not as good as it sounds”
Review of The Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum
Ranked #372 of 1,815 things to do in London
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 4, 2013

I was a little disappointed with the cartoon museum and I expected to enjoy it a lot more. There is a small fee to pay for adults but its completely free for under 18’s. There is a sign in the museum which is pretty much a plea for people to make donations, but surely the museum is losing out on money by not charging under 18’s for entry…..after all the majority of people who enjoy cartoons are under 18. There was a member of staff walking round on the ground floor who I found rather irritating, and his presence made me feel uncomfortable as he was just lurking and kept trying to talk to everyone but I could see others were trying to blank him out too. The museum had two floors and there really isn’t much to see besides a gallery of cartoons and a bunch of Beano magazines on the top floor.

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Reviewed June 2, 2013

If your children are fans of The Beano then this is a friendly and relaxed haven. Many back copies of British comics are available to read, including the now-defunct "Dandy". The display upstairs shows the history of British comics and artists. You can see how Dennis the Menace has changed over the years as various artists have drawn him. Children go free and adults at GBP5.50. It's a small museum though, and they sometimes have exhibitions on the ground floor. At the time of writing they have a Ralph Steadman exhibition of his life and work - that's pretty interesting if you like his work. They have luggage lockers for customers, which might be useful if you want to visit the British Museum next door, and a disabled toilet.

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Reviewed May 26, 2013

I think we were expecting something different, i.e. more like the cartoon picture of the queen that advertises this place but found the art work quiet dark and depressing... However I will admit we aren't the arty types.

Not sure of the cost as it was covered by the London pass and to be honest I wouldn't have been paid to go in. We wouldn't go again but worth visiting if you are in the area and you have the pass and need to waste 30 mins

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Reviewed May 2, 2013

This is a small gallery of less than 300 square metres: a couple of rooms across a couple of levels. Upstairs showcases their permanent exhibition while downstairs changes a couple of times a year.

I happened to catch the Ralph Steadman exhibition and I quite enjoyed the caricatures of renowned figures, and his work with Hunter S Thompson.

The owners of the museum were amiable and interested to know how visitors came across their museum. I hope the small entry fee goes towards acquiring more work from the turn-of-the-century, or even earlier, informing on cartoonery's role across the generations, and certainly beyond syndicated newspaper comic strips.

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Reviewed April 17, 2013

2 hour drawing classes for children (£10) My granddaughter age 11 loved the class and came away with two very good cartoon characters that she had learned to draw. She was still enthused and did another when she got home.

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