Art Museums in London

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  • cclark922
    Alma, AR43 contributions
    Beautiful museum with a lot of the Masters. Very well organized and easy to find what you are looking for.
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • Orcadian1968
    Kirkwall, UK461 contributions
    it's the second time we've been to the BM. What amazing things in there. Though i did find myself slightly uncomfortable walking around knowing that many of the artefacts there were plunders from various countries in the time when Britain ruled the world! Get there early - there were Q's from 9.20am. Opens at 10.
    Written 25 June 2022
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  • Jeremy C
    5 contributions
    This sweet and interesting collection of Beatrix Potters drawings , letters, furniture and other personal items is a must for all fans.
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • Ron S
    New York City, NY4,989 contributions
    Terrific museum. I'd been aware it was home to the Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals but the rest of the collection is great too. Del Sarto, Bronzino, Cornell de Lyon, the Dutch Golden Age represented by Rembrandt, Dou, Metsu, ter Borch, Bol, Maes, Lievens, de Hooch. Also a couple portraits by Velazquez, good collection of French painters, and even a few rooms with arms and armor.
    Written 20 May 2022
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  • Jan S
    Oakland, CA461 contributions
    We went to the Tate because my husband loves Turner. He was not disappointed. There was also an exhibit of how the old canvasses on back of Turner’s works were used by another artist. My friend and I fell in love with Hew Locke’s Procession. It expands several hallways. It’s exciting, colorful, and frightening all at once, but amazing art. The figures appear real and seem to stare at you although made of cardboard. Totally remarkable and everyone should see it. The disappointment was the arrangement of most rooms by decades so there is a hodgepodge of paintings in any room.
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • journeymaid48
    Fairport, NY1,006 contributions
    I went to see the Raphael exhibit on a rainy morning in London. It was worth the effort. The exhibit covered the many phases of the artist career and included drawings and sketches as well as paintings. His rondo work was exquisite. Plan on staying at least 90 minutes to two hours. It was absolutely tremendous.
    Written 3 June 2022
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  • Meeker M
    Manchester, UK11 contributions
    We went to see the Edvard Munch exhibition. It was small, but had a good selection of art. Their permanent galleries are also well worth the visit just on their own.
    Written 20 June 2022
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  • juliamaud
    london99 contributions
    Visited this as things were just starting to open up again. Timed entry and one way system in operation. Some rooms very crowded, despite timed entry.
    Great selection of modern art
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • Michael P
    Vientiane, Laos178 contributions
    This is an amazing collectionof art works (including Hogarth's Rakes progress) set in a wonderful house. The architect John Soane was responsible among other things for the Bank of England and the Dulwich Picture Gallery. The museum is best visited on a sunny day when light floods the exhibits - stunning and it is free!"
    Written 18 June 2022
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  • Keliset
    Nottingham, UK186 contributions
    Went to see the new Exhibition of the work of Kyõsai, a 19th century humorous painter from Japan. I loved it, and his irreverent depictions of imaginative life and times in Japan, were such a joy to see! His wonderful water colour scrolls of, demons, ghosts, warriors, frogs, monkeys, cats, and naked men, were such a delight, even delving into humorous soft porn category...but tasteful!
    There were very good books, scrolls and postcards of Kyõsai 's work on sale in the RA shop too.
    Written 29 May 2022
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  • Richard B
    Edinburgh, UK3,890 contributions
    A fine exhibition of the Japanese Court housed in a thoughtful display. The exhibition is not large by any means, however is well worth a visit.

    Some nice pieces on display.
    Written 13 May 2022
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  • Traveller of the world
    1,237 contributions
    This is a really interesting free museum. Most of the exhibitions I have been to have been really interesting and you learn a lot. Well laid out and easy to understand. Some exhibitions are permanent but others change. They also do talks and workshops. Check online. With the ongoing pandemic, these are not as frequent but I am sure they will schedule more as things improve. There are a few floors. The museum always has a nice atmosphere. Never too busy so you can enjoy the exhibitions. Thursday they open late till 20:00. The library is also nice. There is a café as you enter the museum. I don't think the shop nor the restaurant were open from what I could see, but check as I may be wrong. Despite government guidelines changing, the museum does request that you wear a face covering unless exempt and to help with social distancing they have printed mini booklets to avoid people gathering at information boards which is also useful. Very clean. Staff are always pleasant and friendly.
    Written 31 March 2022
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  • bsandrs
    Portsmouth, UK23,075 contributions
    Spending a couple of days in London, we decided to visit the Banqueting House on Saturday morning, after a gap of many years since we last enjoyed the building. Spectacular architecture by Inigo Jones and an awe inspiring ceiling by Rubens. Make sure you use the excellent free audio guide which brings the whole history of the building to life. Enjoy viewing the ceiling either via the handily placed mirror for the less able or for the more agile by lying back on the flexible bean bag style seating. Looking across Whitehall to the crowds jostling for the perfect selfie with the Horse Guards, all in the wind and rain, it seemed a shame that more were not enjoying this great building which has played such a big part in British history. The staff were very welcoming and helpful.
    Written 1 March 2020
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  • starlightShanghai
    Victoria, Canada3,542 contributions
    What a terrific museum! This treasure trove of Egyptian artefacts is hidden away within the expanded campus grounds of University College London. Came across it almost by accident last weekend.

    The reception staff at the front door were very, very welcoming!

    I have to say that while the Egyptian Museum of Cairo is by far the better known museum, the Petrie Museum is much better set out and far better curated.

    The Egyptian Museum of Cairo holds the greatest number of Egyptian artefacts, but, in my view, the curation was/is terrible. My lasting impression of the place is that of a huge warehouse with layers of dirt, grit and sand covering virtually all of its contents.

    In the Petrie, the spotlessly clean aisles are set up in chronological order, with artefacts well arranged and well lit.

    As is the case with most museums in London, entrance is free.
    Written 20 June 2022
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  • Traveller of the world
    1,237 contributions
    The setting, building and architecture are stunning. Even if your not going to an exhibition, definitely walk around the grounds or get a drink or a bite to eat and sit in the courtyard. The free exhibitions are not that great but the paid ones are. I went last night to see the paid Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition 2022. This was just beautiful. It finishes soon. Highly recommend. Easy to book tickets online. Clean. Staff are generally pleasant and friendly but lack knowledge if you ask them where things are! Funny as they work there. My main negative is the building layout. Not very clearly marked where things are. Exhibitions are good when you find out where you need to go. Clear and informative.
    Written 27 April 2022
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