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Royal Academy of Arts

Burlington House Piccadilly | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England
+44 20 7300 8000
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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.
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  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Burlington House Piccadilly | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England
+44 20 7300 8000
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Don't be put off by the bag search before you are allowed to enter the spacious, quiet cobblestone courtyard that leads to the steps of the museum. There is a lovely cafe directly in front of the museum. Ascend the steps to the entrance, where...More

Thank 523evelyna
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were here for a work event. A nice building with a lovely courtyard. Inside there's a wide variety of modern art - some good and others bizarre!

Thank ScottishTemplar
Reviewed 6 days ago

I'd so enjoyed the 2014, 2015 and 2016 exhibitions and was looking forward to this year's event. Maybe it's me but there was very little that actually excited me. There were 1092 exhibits. I photographed 14 that I liked but, looking back on them now...More

Thank Liz G
Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Liz, thank you for your review. I'm so pleased you have been to so many Summer Exhibitions and plan to visit again. I think comparing shows year on year is part of the fun! We look forward to seeing you soon. Many thanks, Kate

Reviewed 6 days ago

Had a lovely visit and saw some beautiful art not all of which I could understand but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and art I has such a personal meaning to everyone. Worthy of a visit just for the experience- VERY pricy.

Thank karrie2017
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wouldn't it be nice to see the Summer Exhibition on a sunny Monday in summer..... Logical you would think; the website says it is open but when we approached early this morning two stern ladies at the entrance told us it was closed to prepare...More

Thank sharon m
Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Sharon, Thank you for sharing your review. I'm really sorry to hear about your experience. We have highlighted the closure on our website for several weeks but I agree we need to do a better job of making this clearer. I appreciate it must...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Summer exhibition for the third time, with friends. The beautiful Burlington House sports 1000+ paintings (and some sculptures), hung in 19th c. fashion in some ten big rooms. The exhibitors are not just RA members, but also outsiders whose work has been...More

Thank ChF_10
Reviewed 1 week ago

The RA Summer Exhibition was great! I have never visited previously so had no expectations. The huge array of artworks on display and the breadth of genres represented took my breath away - and to be able to find a couple of pieces that were...More

Thank Diptych
Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your lovely review. We look forward to seeing you again. Many thanks, Kate

Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the America After the Fall exhibition. It was thoroughly enjoyable, not too full but a great range of paintings though not all to my taste. What impressed me was the marvellous variety of pictures. The RA is always a great place to visit....More

Thank John P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Never been to the Summer Exhibition before and expected a mixed bag and that exactly what I got. There was the fantastic, the odd and the down right bizarre all in equal measure. If you've never been before definitely worth a visit - I would...More

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review. I'm glad you enjoyed the show overall. I think the sheer variety of work is the very strength of the show. There is not only a huge amount to see but a huge amount to discuss! I hope that you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the Summer exhibition and found it to be a well organised well curated and light hearted event in beautiful surroundings. Well informed and helpful staff enhanced our experience. The only downside of the day was a poor lunch at the Wolseley.

Thank Tony D
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Hannah C
Dear Kate, Really enjoyed the exhibition and hoping to come back! Just wanted to know - what are the prices for an audio guide at the Revolution exhibition? I noticed they were free with the ticket at the Abstract Expressionism show, how come this is no longer the case? Many thanks, Hannah
13 March 2017|
Response from Kate T | Property representative |
Hi Hannah - really glad you enjoyed the show! We have two types of audio guide offer. Universal and optional. Universal is when the audio is included in the ticket price. We can only afford to do this once every tax... More
May I leave a small shoulder bag in the cloakroom?
3 March 2017|
Response from Kate T | Property representative |
Hi, we have a free cloakroom but unfortunately space is limited. We cannot accept anything larger than 280 mm in width, 380 mm in height or 400 mm in depth. Hope this helps. Thanks, Kate
I am travelling from my home in North Wales and need to bring a small overnight bag with me. I have timed tickets for 18.00 tomorrow, Friday night. Will I be able to leave my bag in the cloakroom?
2 March 2017|
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Response from Kate T | Property representative |
Hi - just left you an answer on the other thread too, but just in case I will answer here too! Our cloakroom is free but is very small. Our bag limit size is 280 mm in width, 380 mm in height and 400 mm in depth. If your bag... More