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Royal Academy of Arts

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Address: Burlington House Piccadilly | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England
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Founded in 1768, this thriving center of artistic excellence is the oldest...

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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America After the Fall: Good works but poor value for money and too crowded

We went to see America After the Fall exhibition which was a well-organised collection of top-quality and fascinating work. However, for just three rooms the ticket price was way... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went to see America After the Fall exhibition which was a well-organised collection of top-quality and fascinating work. However, for just three rooms the ticket price was way too high and too many people were being let in at the same time - the crowds made it difficult to feel comfortable when taking time looking at the pictures.

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Went to see 'America After The Fall' exhibition which I enjoyed but audio guide did not work. Went to change it and was given lengthy explanation by snotty member of staff who explained in slow and loud voice that I should only try and use guide when I saw headphone sign at painting and when I did see headphone sign... More 

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Dear Cynthia, thank you for writing and sharing your experience. I'm sorry to hear that a team member was patronising to you. If you would like, please contact me directly on kate.topham@royalacademy.org.uk so that we can speak further. I hope you enjoyed the America exhibition. Thank you for getting in touch. Many thanks, Kate More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Royal Academy has a secret. It is the Grand Cafe on the ground floor. You don't have to be a member to eat here and it is a much more interesting venue than the members room. There are some beautiful murals, the food is provided by Peyton . & B. so it's pretty good and it's quiet. A little... More 

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Dear Peter, thank you for your kind review. We look forward to seeing you again. Many thanks, Kate. More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My companion and I both members wanted a nice and healthy lunch however we were disappointed.. We had a salad but the tender stem broccoli was nearly raw and the huge mound we were given somehow did not reduce even though we chewed and chewed

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Dear Gillian, thank you for sharing your review. I'm sorry that you and your friend did not enjoy lunch. I will pass on your feedback to the catering team. Meanwhile please contact me on kate.topham@royalacademy.org.uk if I can be of any further assistance to you. Many thanks, Kate More 

Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Royal Academy of Arts at Burlington House is between Piccadilly Circus and Green Park tube stations on Piccadilly. As you walk up the courtyard, you face a grand building which house some great works of art. If you have about two to three hours to spare then you should visit. From the entrance you go up a grand staircase... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibit title on the exterior of the building, together with a picture of Grant Wood's American Gothic, got our attention! We saw this exhibit and enjoyed it very much. It runs to early June, but other great shows will follow. The academy is also an art school with many ways to be involved. Worth exploration.

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Dear Nancy, thank you for your kind review. We hope you can visit us again soon. Many thanks, Kate More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to see the current exhibition of American painting. It costs £12 to enter for just three small rooms. They were uncomfortably over-crowded so you could not see the paintings well. The signage was also poor. One picture I liked had what I thought was a large interpretation board next to it. Turns out it was a list of the... More 

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Dear Roland, thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the RA. I'm sorry to hear it was not the visit you were expecting. The America exhibition has been very busy. We do control entry with timed tickets but I am sorry you found it too busy. I have passed on your comments about the legibility and... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A unique museum amongst several floors, some nice period piece art work. Learned a lot about the 1930's in USA and also the Russian exhibit was interesting. I do recommend this place if you have a few hours to spare.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to see the America after the Fall exhibition, which was first rate- had coffee and cake in the cafe - lemon drizzle cake - you have to try that! Staff really nice and as the title of this review says - should have stayed for lunch - more on that in the next review!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really good gallery currently showing America After the Fall which is their art just after Depression and some insightful works into American history, plus the Anthony Green Miss Dupont exhibition, talk to the curator whilst there he is a mine of information, friendly and interesting

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