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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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“comic art” (8 reviews)
“private eye” (5 reviews)
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35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH, England
Bloomsbury
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+44 20 7580 8155
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"political cartoons"
in 16 reviews
"comic art"
in 8 reviews
"private eye"
in 5 reviews
"comic book"
in 5 reviews
"current exhibition"
in 6 reviews
"permanent display"
in 3 reviews
"laugh out loud"
in 3 reviews
"just round the corner"
in 3 reviews
"special exhibition"
in 4 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 6 reviews
"interesting place"
in 4 reviews
"gift shop"
in 6 reviews
"half term"
in 3 reviews
"free entry"
in 3 reviews
"beano"
in 25 reviews
"drawing"
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"collection"
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

The Cartoon Museum is small but interesting, with a range of comics and political satire from across the ages, including some originals and sketches. You have to pay to go in, but the museum doesn't get outside funding and it's not that bad. They also...More

Thank tibbakoi
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

Visited here after finding 2for1 deal with national rail offers. Great place charting the history of cartoonists in Britain. Trip down memory lane with lots of childhood references to characters from growing up. Amazing talent and artistry well laid out easy to do in an...More

Thank Bonnie O
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

This place had been on my "to do" list for some time. It is a real gem and much more interesting that I would have thought. If you have always lived in Britain then this is a very nostalgic experience as you see everything type...More

1  Thank MYDOGISFINN
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

What a find! Very reasonable entry fee and a veritable treasure chest of cartoon memorabilia from a wide range of artists.

Thank Paul7499
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Just a few minutes walk from the British Museum, the Cartoon Museum is really a different kind of place. It is on Little Russell Street and has a shop front entrance. A small entrance fee gets you in to a really very cool exhibit of...More

Thank Tom D
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

This is a nice, small, quaint museum that takes you back to the days where electronic devices didn't exist the way they do now. It shows how cartoons were invented / created back in the day...much to my kids' amazement and they were almost looking...More

Thank ChrisGower1975
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Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

Quirky little museum showing a good history of cartoons. Its main focus is on older satirical , historical cartoons and some of the kids comics from 1950's to 1970's. All was really fascinating. There is still some content on newer comics but not too much....More

Thank pb1867
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

The museum is VERY small so nothing is done in depth, but it does give a good overview of British and American cartoons. It was free on the London Pass. I don't know if I would have thought it was worth it otherwise.

1  Thank scott
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Very small museum . Children are catered for with a short quiz paper which my six year old granddaughter completed with the help of her older brother but I feel this museum is really only suitable for adults or young adults. There was a small...More

Thank lorna w
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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

The museum is fairly small but entrance is not expensive. I really enjoyed looking around the comic strips. They have some original sketches from well known comic books/graphic novels. Worth a visit.

1  Thank Kate-Southend
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Bloomsbury
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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