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The Courtauld Gallery

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Address: Somerset House | The Strand, London WC2R 0RN, England
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+44 20 7848 8586
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Its...

The Courtauld Gallery is one of the finest small museums in the world. Its collection stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century and is particularly renowned for the unrivalled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The Gallery also holds an outstanding collection of drawings and prints and fine example of sculpture and decorative arts.

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This is a wonderful small museum. Some very impressive Impressionists paintings that call you back to a visit.

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This is a wonderful small museum. Some very impressive Impressionists paintings that call you back to a visit.

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This collection is not the biggest around but it's one of the best curated you will find. The paintings are amazing, terrific collection of Ruebens and Impressionists, incredibly well kept.

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The gallery is medium sized, it has a little bit of the most basic periods in history. The paintings are perfectly arranged, giving each a considerable space that made it easy to look at them. The lightning was good, not as I wish but good enough to see oil paintings without too much light reflection. The paintings are accommodated in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited the Courtauld as part of a longer visit to Somerset House. It is a small, private gallery between the Strand and the Thames, on one side of a large, impressive courtyard. The building is worth seeing for itself - with a splendid staircase (especially downstairs to the cafe, which must have been the old kitchens) and imposing fireplaces... More 

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This was the most memorable gallery visit for me, an expat living permanently in Spain, except when the ¨London Urge´overtakes me. After all, it is my home town ! Boticelli made the masterful line drawings of images from Dante´s Divine Comedy...of Purgatory, Hell, Paradise---This exhibition moved me to buy and read a copy of Dante´s book, for which I am... More 

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This quite unknown gallery has a magnificent collection of art which is a must to see when visiting London. Is it housed in a beautiful setting and the feel is that you are in a home with a wonderful array of art that is not to be found in other museums. The collection is quite selective and well worth the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This gallery has a lot of must see paintings. They have less visitors than the National Gallery, so that means you can see your favorite paintinds as long as you can in the desirable atmosphere. I enjoyed muh. I espesially like their tour. The person who tooks us was so great and gave us really interesting explanations for paintings.

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A fantastic collection of art from across the times there are at least 10 rooms with many artists displayed in this collection.a beautiful building as well

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This is a collection you can see in one day. It isn't nearly as large as some of the others. But it is wonderful. It isn't free like most of the major galleries but honestly after my visit I thought about giving them more money. They have my respect and admiration, I hope you will look at the rooms themselves,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am working next to the Courttauld. The Gallery is conveniently situated at the entrance of Somerset house. Very easy to find its way inside. Famous paintings and good exhibitions. I also recommend the shop opposite the gallery: stunning gifts, jewlerry and books.

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