Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts
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Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, PiccadillyW1J 0BD
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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
Ticket cost:
Adults £20.00
Visiting hours and entry charges are subject to change
Time required:
A typical visit to Royal Academy of Arts lasts 1 hour (approx)

Getting to Royal Academy of Arts

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The nearest train station to Royal Academy of Arts is Piccadilly Circus
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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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  • TomK – “The summer exhibition is always worth a visit, I try and go every year. Unlike a normal gallery there's always a great mix of stuff. You've got your portraits and landscapes, bowls of fruit, modern stuff and abstract stuff.. And they usually lump them all together in the same room as well. So if you dont like one painting you can have a look at the one 6 inches away which will probably be totally different. Naturally, with some it being done by amateurs a… more”

Events at Royal Academy of Arts

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If you enjoy this then try: Courtauld Gallery (walk it in 20 mins or catch a train from Piccadilly Circus to Courtauld Gallery); National Portrait Gallery (walk it in 12 mins or catch a train from Piccadilly Circus to National Portrait Gallery); Tate Britain (walk it in 28 mins or catch a train from Piccadilly Circus to Tate Britain) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 18 mins or catch a train from Piccadilly Circus to Wallace Collection).

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