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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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Certainly a privilege to be there near Piccadilly Circus) Sep 2009

Another great and memorable place where I went for a visit, the Royal Academy of Arts is definitely a world-class type of an arts school that features special forms of arts from... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Another great and memorable place where I went for a visit, the Royal Academy of Arts is definitely a world-class type of an arts school that features special forms of arts from paintings to performing arts like ballet) An excellent choice for strong and exemplary candidates to go@!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

went on Saturday and the Russian Communist Exhibition is very large and very interesting. It was packed with people but worth it....highly recommended

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited the Revolution Russian art exhibition. Enjoyed it but I felt too many people had been let in at once and it was too crowded to really view things properly. Some very ignorant people standing and chatting, consulting their phones and generally barging about didn't help.

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the RA. I'm sorry you found Revolution to be too busy. I'm also sorry that some visitors were not respectful and this was not managed. Managing the behaviours of individuals in a crowd is very challenging but I will pass this onto our security team. I'm glad you enjoyed... More 

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I had expected Communist Art announcing the arrival and vigilance required to achieve the workers paradise-the sort of over the top media campaigns that they so well tied to party programs-and instead found pieces reflecting the collapse of vision and hope. The display was all very depressing and not worth the 15 pounds nor time. This may be a true... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Royal Academy of Arts is a good place to spend some time on one of those gray or rainy days. The displays are interesting and offer a variety for viewing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Currently there are a wide variety of exhibits being displayed here ranging from Russian to American art. At some points it may become crowded as the most popular time to go is Sundays but it is lovely here

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

Thank you for your lovely review. I'm glad you enjoyed the shows. Our current exhibitions are both busy however we are slightly quieter on a Friday evening (we are open until 10 pm) or first thing on a Sunday (we open at 10 am). I hope you can visit us again soon. Many thanks, Kate More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Having travelled from Scotland just to see the Revolutionary Art exhibition, I left feeling a bit disappointed. With the exception of Malevich, none of the "big name" artists listed on publicity materials had any great presence, the Kandinskys and Chagalls (only two each I think) were particularly disappointing. I was also not happy with the staging of the Malevich exhibit.... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to the RA; and for travelling so far to see us. I'm sorry you found Revolution to be a little disappointing. I'm glad you liked the glider though - I find it quite mesmeric! I hope you will be able to visit us again soon and that you find a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited both the Russian Art and the America After the Fall exhibitions and enjoyed both very much taking about 2 hours to see the Russian art and an hour and a half for the American. The Russian art is a large exhibition which documents a fascinating era of Russian history. The American exhibition, being smaller was perhaps easier to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wanted to see America after the Fall and Revolution and had no trouble on a Wednesday and did not need to book. Very well set out exhibitions especially revolution which also provided film clips to give context to the art. The variety of Art on show in each exhibition made both very accessible and also thought provoking.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely, almost palatial building housing not to be missed exhibitions but not cheap. Nevertheless worth checking, specially as some exhibitions can get quite heavily booked. Easy to find location.

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

Thank you for taking the time to review us and for travelling so far to visit. I am pleased you enjoyed the shows. As you mention it can get busy, so pre-booking is advised (there is no booking fee). I hope you can visit us again soon. Many thanks, Kate More 

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