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Royal Academy of Arts

Opens in 29 min: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
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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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Burlington House Piccadilly | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England
+44 20 7300 8000
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Realise it's a popular exhibition, so pre-booked tickets for the exhibition - as recommended - as I thought, possibly stupidly, that numbers of people attending would be controlled. Arrived 10 minutes prior to our entry time of 12 noon and there were queues for the...More

Date of experience: February 2013
7  Thank 134Martin
Reviewed February 5, 2013

The excitement in the crowd beforehand was infectious. Somehow queuing to await a ticket filled one with expectation over and above the rave reviews this exhibition had already lifted one to a different level. But the pictures themselves were the stars here. It is a...More

Date of experience: January 2013
4  Thank DavidCatman
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Managed to get into the Manet Exhibition on a Friday afternoon with only 30 mins queuing (all online tickets sold out). Worth the wait, though I agree with many reveiwers that the overall lighting and the information signs for each work were rather poor -...More

Date of experience: February 2013
3  Thank trelights
Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

We visited the Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and The Making of Landscape Exhibition. The information was great but it seemed like it was placed in awkward places like behind doors etc. Also, even though the exhibition is in its final weeks it was still very crowded...More

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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We were dissapointed with the Manet Exibition as the lighting was so poor. My husband uses a white stick as visually impared but no help was offered at the enterance or with all the stairs - anyone with mobility issues could'nt visit. We purchased the...More

Date of experience: February 2013
1  Thank JillyMSC
Reviewed January 31, 2013

Okay, I'll 'fess up, I'm a Friend of the RA, it's one of my favourite places in London and so the five stars are for the Academy in general, rather than for the current Manet exhibition. Burlington House is a brilliant, beautiful building and pretty...More

Date of experience: January 2013
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

I enjoyed the exhibition overall but it was easy to see why several paintings had not been exhibited before. What I found disappointing was the very low light level compared with the National Gallery and also the quite small print signage white (or was it...More

Date of experience: January 2013
Thank Malcolm P
Reviewed January 26, 2013

I have been to many exhibitions at the RA and have really enjoyed them all. The displays are fantastically presented. If there is an audio guide for the exhibition I would highly recommend getting it because it adds a lot to your visit.

1  Thank TomR139
Reviewed January 26, 2013

mostly an exhibit of portraits. the exhibit itself is quite good with excellent signage and explanations of the pieces and his life and work. However there were a number of paintings that stated they had not been exhibited during Manet's lifetime. My personal observation were...More

Date of experience: January 2013
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Great exhibition, our first visit and enjoyed it immensely. Impressive building and great exhibition, going back for the Manet! Weird no cook vegan cafe was a bit odd, but we had soup and noodles and actually very good.

Date of experience: January 2013
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October 26, 2018|
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Response from zerobubble | Reviewed this property |
Mobile is fine
August 15, 2018|
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Response from Mark_Elliott | Reviewed this property |
Bang on opening time is usually quiet. Also, somewhat perversely, lunch time. But with mobility issues I'd think opening time is your best bet.
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Response from CarpeNox | Reviewed this property |
On the Friends of the Royal Academy web site you can purchase a gift membership.