Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts
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Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BD
0207 300 8090

Opening times and price

Opening hours:
John Madejski Fine Rooms tour: Usually 12 noon to 1 PM (Thu-Sat) – Temporary exhibition: 10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Thu, Sat-Sun); 10 AM to 10 PM (Fri); Last entry 30 mins before closing
Visiting hours are subject to change
Ticket cost:
Adults free entry
Time required:
A typical visit to Royal Academy of Arts lasts 30-45 mins (approx)

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The Royal Academy of Arts is No.7 in our list of London’s best art galleries.

The Royal Academy of Arts occupies Burlington House – one of the few remaining Piccadilly mansions. It was built for the Earl of Burlington in 1768, and sold to the British Government in 1854. It was then leased to the Royal Academy and became the country’s very first art school.

The Royal Academy

The Royal Academy is made up of eighty academics, elected to one of the following three disciplines: painting, sculpture or architecture. Each member is also obliged to donate a piece of their own work to the collection, so the walls are swelled with works by Turner, Gainsborough, Chambers and West.

Summer Exhibition

The Summer Exhibition has been held at the Royal Academy of Arts every year since 1769. This annual event is staged in June, July and August, and is open to all aspiring artists. Everyone is free to submit a picture, and the best get hung upon the gallery walls.

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  • Admin – “If you do a tour of the john madejski fine rooms tour then it's free, but they usually only run once a day on Thu, Fri, Sat. If you go any another time then you'll have to pay to enter one of their temporary exhibitions. The price changes for those. It's usually about £20.”

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