Art Museums in London

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  • mom_toting_2
    Houston, TX38 contributions
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    The museum has an extensive collection of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Assyrian, and on and on art. I signed up for a timed entry and stayed true to the time. They don’t check the times and you must go through a check point to inspect your bag. I suggest get the free timed entry ticket but go early. There is much to see.
    Written 11 June 2024
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  • Adelle L
    7 contributions
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    If you are going to visit one gallery in London this is it. Overwhelming amount of the most beautiful art. The layout is a little confusing. I usually concentrate on one floor, and come back another day to see more.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • PtLomafoodie
    San Diego, CA1,166 contributions
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    This large collection of art and statues is FREE ADMISSION to the public. It can be reached directly underground by the London Underground tube, or from the sidewalk.

    I admit, my focus was seeing the world’s OLDEST MUSEUM CAFE. It was spectacularly ornate with marble columns, fireplaces, floors and Beautiful walls & ceilings.

    You can have hot or cold food, mostly pastries and coffees.

    The CAFE overlooks an interior courtyard with a large water feature.
    Nearby, there are 2 GIFT SHOPS, and bathrooms.
    Written 9 June 2024
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  • Masteryates
    9 contributions
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    You can visit this and get a stately home, an art gallery and an armery museum, all under one roof and it's free. Everything is top notch and it's only a short walk from Bond Street tube station. Why waste days visiting individual museums? Well worth making the recommend donation.
    Written 9 June 2024
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  • BigJeff L
    646 contributions
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    As the gallery is so big it is a good idea to have a think about what you would like to prioritise. Choose the periods that most appeal to you and you can head straight for those rooms.
    You will have FREE access to more than 40 rooms, spread over three floors. The vast permanent collection features paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures, dating from as early as the 13th century. Popular exhibits include portraits of Kings Richard III and Henry VIII (along with his six wives), and Victorian-era portraits of Queen Victoria, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, and the Brontë sisters.

    The modern era is well represented too, including Diana Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge, actors including Alan Rickman and Helen Mirren, and other famous Brits such as The Beatles, Richard Branson, and J. K. Rowling.

    Audio guides to the gallery are obtained at the entrance. They are small handheld units with small screens showing an interactive map. There are five different themed tours, lining together royalty, writers, celebrities and scientists. Alternatively, there is the 'highlights tour', offering you the opportunity to see the gallery's famous portraits without spending the whole day there.
    Written 11 June 2024
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  • croo
    Georgetown, TX33 contributions
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    Of the London museums this one is on my ‘only if you have time’ list. It’s a little farther away from the main center and much more modern than just abstract art or what you may think of as art… the building is perfection and crowds smaller. We went at noon on a Saturday and after very quick bag check line we had a lot of open space to wonder the exhibits. And of course like many London museums it’s free
    Written 26 May 2024
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  • MidwestKathM
    Detroit, MI952 contributions
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    Our first visit to the Tate Britain nearly 10 years ago was for the Henry Moore and J.M.W. Turner collections, both of which were spectacular. Our return visit was to see the Sargent and Fashion exhibition. And it didn't disappoint. John Singer Sargent has long been a favorite for his stunning portraits. To see many more portraits, along with some of the original clothing worn by his subjects, enhanced with accessories and other items for context, was a wonderful experience. Some 60 Sargent portraits are on exhibit, a number of which don't travel (or may be in private hands). For that reason along, it's worth seeing! And seeing them in a different setting with more context about the subject and, for some paintings, the actual clothing worn, makes for an experience not often encountered. The curators really were thoughtful in how they set up this show, with the beautiful colors of each gallery, and the quotes and labels. There are many galleries in this exhibition, about a dozen, so you have to pace yourself so you don't run out of gas before the end.
    Written 10 June 2024
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  • MidwestKathM
    Detroit, MI952 contributions
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    I first learned about the Courtauld Gallery in 2020 when I came across some virtual art talks during the pandemic. Through those talks, I learned about some of the wonderful works of art in their collection. I knew that I would have to visit the next time I made it to London! Walking into the Courtauld, I felt excited about what was to come... and I enjoyed the spiral staircase taking us up to the gallery floors. We started in the Bloomsbury Group gallery, filed with works by Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry, among others; it was a nice introduction to this group. Next up was the Impressionism gallery...the target of my visit. It was truly an honor to see some great works like The Card Players by Cezanne, Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear by Van Gogh, A Bar at the Folies Bergère by Édouard Manet, as well as works by Monet, Degas, Gauguin, Renoir, Seurat, Morisot, and Toulouse-Lautrec. The collection includes works covering the Renaissance to the 18th century as well as Medieval and Early Renaissance paintings and decorative arts and 20th century art. A delightful way to start our stay in London!
    One note: Being associated with the Courtauld Institute of Art, the Gallery invites art students and guests to sit and draw as well as hosts school field trips; that did not take away from our experience.
    Written 5 June 2024
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  • Emily
    London, UK407 contributions
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    Great Collection of Objects, pictures and drawings as well as a well preserved house.
    Lots to see, and staff were very friendly & helpful.
    No descriptions on items, but you can buy a guidebook.
    Free entry and worth a visit.
    Written 26 May 2024
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  • Robert D
    Brooklyn, New York3,872 contributions
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    I visited the Barbican Art Galley to see "Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art". The exhibit featured 50 works made of textiles. These works were quite powerful.
    There was a hand-stitched appliqué blanket titled "No chance (WHAT A YEAR)". It was made in 1999 by Tracey Emin to give voice to her feelings as a 13-year-old girl in 1977, the year a man raped her. A quilt titled "Sweven" was made in 2022 by Sanford Biggers. It draws on quilts being used as 'code' to signpost routes for enslaved freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad. There even were sculptures made of rope. "Pakshi", which means bird in Sanskrit, was made in 1985 by Mrinalini Mukherjee by twisting and knotting ropes found in local markets in New Delhi. This fascinating exhibit runs until 26 May.
    Written 12 May 2024
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  • Voyager22980610511
    12 contributions
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    When this place is described as a "hidden gem" that's an understatement! It is drop dead gorgeous. I went decades ago for a memorial service and only glimpsed it's beauty. Earlier in the the year I revisited with a friend and it was utterly gobsmackingly beautiful we loved it

    Today I came back with my little mother, we had a fabulous time , this place is unique and so many people had a chat sharing how amazing they thought it was too.

    Finished off taking some tea and an apple shortbread into the beautiful garden .Go - you can thank me later ! 😊
    Written 1 June 2024
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  • Natan Heber
    London, UK27 contributions
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    I and many others were thrilled that I was able to display my portfolio of artworks on the Online Saatchi Gallery. I look forward to the continued success of my paintings under the Saatchi Art umbrella.
    Written 1 May 2024
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  • Bluebellplasnewydd
    Cardiff, UK1,975 contributions
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    This is an impressionist "light" exhibition with charcoal and pencil drawings not devoid of colour but without the magnificence of the traditional paintings. Even so the various artist's style is easily recognisable. The exhibition is well set out with adequate but not overwhelming descriptions on the wall. There are 3 large rooms but in some ways a fleeting view is needed. So it will not really take more than an hour to view. It was not crowded when we visited on a weekday morning.
    Written 8 March 2024
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  • Lucie K
    London, UK3 contributions
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    Horniman is a great museum, it has lovely gardens and park. There is always something going on. Would love to see another Lego exhibition!!
    Written 11 June 2024
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  • Gerry M
    1 contribution
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    David Harry brought the exhibition alive by sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm of individual paintings with our group. A memorable visit
    Written 27 April 2024
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