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The Cartoon Museum

35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH, England
+44 20 7580 8155
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The Cartoon Museum is a small museum which shows a selection of original cartoon and comic art, and a very small amount of animation, mostly by British artists, from the 1750s to the present day. There are three galleries including one showing a changing temporary exhibition showing about 230 works which are densely hung. Please note the museum is totally self-funded, receiving NO money from government or local government. To enable as many people as possible to visit, reductions are available for students, concessions and it's totally free to under-18s, Art Fund members and Friends of the Museum. We are closed on Mondays but OPen BANK HOLIDAY MONDAYS. Closed over Christmas/New Year.
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35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH, England
35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH, England
+44 20 7580 8155
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Relatively small and relatively interesting. Probably not best suited to children, despite the obvious efforts of the management. More suited to those interested in politics and social history.

Thank Netsmith
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very interesting place to spend an hour or so. Section dedicated to comics (remember Bunty anyone?) and lots of political cartoons and cartoon strips (Andy Capp, Fred Bassett etc) plus lots from 1930s onwards. Highly recommend.

Thank A Ingrey
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just 5 minutes walk from the Birtish Museum, so an extra idea . Small and not much advertised this museum has a small shop. There are discounts for seniors. The collection of cartoons starts in the restrooms - check these and the back of the...More

Thank fbcross
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This brings back memories of old favourites such as Fred Bassett, Flook, Garfield, the Eagle and so on and so on........ There are also political cartoons from previous centuries. Cartoons can be funny or satirical, challenging (i.e. Viz and Private Eye) or just laugh out...More

Thank flugelist
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A small museum devoted to cartoons, from the very earliest, incorporating newspaper strips, satire and comics (Beano, Dandy and Viz all get mentions). It is quite a small museum seeingly converted from a large period house, so space is limited. This meant that ther memories...More

Thank Graham A
Reviewed 16 December 2017

It could be argued that we live in a golden age for cartoons but wandering through the small museum highlights that cartoons have a long and glorious history. There wasn’t an exhibit that wasn’t worth looking at, so although the museum consists of only a...More

Thank Colin E
Reviewed 14 December 2017

What a wonderful museum spent an hour reading back copies of the beano and as for the political cartoons even better.

Thank Catherine D
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

As a comic book enthusiast i can say you can find lots of things here! The exhibits are great and you get to see the cartoon history in the UK. At the entrance there is a shop with souvenirs and a large collection of books...More

1  Thank MufaTrademark
Reviewed 9 November 2017

A group of friends (some retired, some NOT!) looking for different unusual places in London to enjoy... We booked a talk and then self-guided ourselves around the Carton Museum. The talk was EXCELLENT & set us up well for a leisurely exploration of the 100s...More

1  Thank NickS-Barnes
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

This is a good little museum tucked away but was relatively busy when we visited. The permanent display is a great overview of the use of cartoons through time and the temporary displays were also good with one on comic strips which to my delight...More

Thank Gillian B
Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and
leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance
access to many of London's most popular attractions.
It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated
museums, including the must-see British Museum.
Despite an understandable popularity with students,
tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury
retain a quiet, residential feel year round and
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