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The Courtauld Gallery

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Address: Somerset House | The Strand, London WC2R 0RN, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7848 8586
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Impressive gallery! Treasures inside!

Don't know how I could have missed visiting this gallery in all the past visits to London. Rodin, Picasso, Modigliani, Van Gogh, Manet, Bonnard, Degas, Renoir, etc etc! What... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't know how I could have missed visiting this gallery in all the past visits to London. Rodin, Picasso, Modigliani, Van Gogh, Manet, Bonnard, Degas, Renoir, etc etc! What beautiful important and notable pieces of work! Also enjoyed the religious art and paintings on the first floor and the sketches of building plans. The layout over several floors was pleasingly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a welcome antidote to the panic-inducing size of most of the other famous museum like the National Gallery and British Museum. The collection is varied and has some wonderful works by famous painters you will recognize, all set in a more person-sized environment. We enjoyed it immensely.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful rooms, wonderful paintings, a nice variety of other arts, an amazing Rodin exhibition. Impressionist rooms are incredible!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

To my shame I'd never been to the Courtauld before, and we were blown away by the quality of the impressionist and post-impressionist collection there. Not huge, but top class paintings by Seurat, Monet, Manet, van Gogh, Gauguin, Sisley and Toulouse-Lautrec. The setting's an attractive one, the pictures are beautifully displayed, there aren't huge crowds, and there's a very fine... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The permanent collection is superb and visiting exhibitions are always well conceived. It is rarely overcrowded, a pleasant exception to many London museums.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see art gallery in London. Not free but worth visiting . Adult £9.50 and if you travel by train and there's two of you, don't forget to use the 241 offer. Hidden away in Somerset House, the Coutauld Gallery offers a fabulous collection of art, sculpture and artworks, well presented in uncrowded and relaxing surroundings. It's not vast,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Courtauld Gallery offers a small, but very satisfying feast of Modern Art. Along with the expected painters -- Toulouse-Lautrec and van Gogh, for example -- it includes some remarkable, less-known works. My favorite was Kossoff's "Head of Seedo". If you just have time in London for a short stay in a gallery, this one would make a first-rate choice.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This gallery is not to be missed housed in a beautiful building. Contains fabulous paintings by many of the impressionist artists in central London. A private collection well worth visiting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hidden gem is a fabulous collection to spend a couple of hours viewing close up. No crowds, excellent information about each piece (especially if you do not know a lot about art like moi!). It is set in beautiful Somerset House with the ice rink outside. Many pieces are famous eg Renoir, Manet, Gaugin, Degas and with Rodin's sketches... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to stroll across this huge mass of ground. A nice place to hang out during spring and summer.

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