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The Cartoon Museum

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Address: 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH, England
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+44 20 7580 8155
10:30 - 17:30
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Sun 12:00 - 17:30
Mon - Sat 10:30 - 17:30

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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Very good but only in parts

Run without any public funds support, enthusiasts (and they are chirpy happy people ) operate this small museum. By far the best bit is the historical bit with excellent write... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
Hertfordshire, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Main exhibits are really interesting and very informative, but the 2000AD 40th anniversary exhibition was my reason for the visit. It was excellent lots of original art work some real classic scenes, including the letter about almost being sued in the 70's.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The cartoon museum is a little gem, conveniently located just behind the British Museum. Because it does run on public funds (which is truly a shame considering that it is about British cartoons and comics that have influenced culture and pop-culture world-wide) the exhibition is small but nevertheless fascinating and prepared with knowledge and passion. The exhibition is showing a... More 

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Cartoonmuseum, Manager at The Cartoon Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review Thomas. Yes we definitely hope to expand as more space and resources become available. More 

Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

This museum only costs £7 for adults and is well worth it. There are permanent exhibitions on the history of cartoons in Britain, with the political ones from the Victorian era being of particular interest, and some great travelling exhibitions too. I have seem two here, on Japanese manga and the history of political cartoons, both of which were very... More 

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Hertfordshire, UK
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Run without any public funds support, enthusiasts (and they are chirpy happy people ) operate this small museum. By far the best bit is the historical bit with excellent write ups on Hogarth onwards, and it was well presented and very interesting. It may just be a personal interest thing but the rest is just not my taste. If you... More 

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Cartoonmuseum, General Manager at The Cartoon Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and we're delighted that your enjoyed the historic gallery. Every exhibition appeals to a different audience and it may be that our next temporary exhibition 'The Inking Woman: British Women Cartoon and Comic Artists' [1772-2017]from April to July, may be more to your taste. Later in the year there will be a political... More 

Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

As part of our family day out in London during the half term we decided to visit The Cartoon Museum, now i'll hold my hands up and say that I've been a long standing fan of the comic 2000ad (featuring Judge Dredd) right from the very start (1977) and this was the primary reason for our visit! For just £7... More 

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Reviewed 15 February 2017

If you are going to the British Museum for serious Classical Culture then don't miss the nearby Cartoon Museum for Popular Culture and amusement. Only a five minutes walk away southwards after the arduousness of a half day feast of world treasures at the BM, you can enjoy, in less than an hour's visit, the humour of Britain. I believe... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

Excellent exhibition at this cute museum. We go there regularly but felt this the best special exhibition. Made me laugh out loud!

Thank Penny W
Gravesend, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016

I was at the museum to accompany my child who was taking part in a workshop there (which he really enjoyed, incidentally!) It was small but packed with cartoons of historical interest as well as some more recognisable ones. However I wouldn't say it was a museum for children. I'm sure that someone with a real interest in the history... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

We went in November when the exhibition was Pictures From Punch. The museum is small but interesting, although not for small children as it really is a cartoon museum and not a collection of modern cartoons. Low cost and worth a visit.

Thank Alistair B
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

There are plenty of big-business attractions designed to milk tourists. This is certainly not one of them. As someone who enjoys illustration, this has clearly been put together by people who care about the subject. The exhibits are very nice to look at (it was difficult to tear myself away from some Brian Bolland pencils) and are well annotated. Even... More 

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