Royal Academy of Arts

Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD
Admission: Free
Wheelchair Access
Late Opening
Has Temporary Exhibitions
Has Permanent Collection

Opening Times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1000 - 1800
Wednesday: 1000 - 1800
Thursday: 1000 - 1800
Friday: 1000 - 2200
Saturday: 1000 - 1800
Sunday: 1000 - 1800
Closed 24-26 December. The visit for the permanent collection is guided. Tour are free and last an hour. From tuesday to saturday at 1 pm. No booking needed.
Opening times and days may vary please check their program and schedule.
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Tube : Green Park (Picadilly, Jubilee & Victoria line).

A Royal Country has to have a Royal palace and a Royal art place. This can be found at the Royal Academy.

The place hosts mainly main exhibition but there is also a permanent collection which focuses on British art and artists and predominantly ranges from the 18th century to the present day. Highlights in the collection of paintings and sculpture include major works by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Turner, Constable, Alma-Tadema, Flaxman, Millais, Leighton, Waterhouse, Sargent, Spencer and Hockney.

The Royal Academy of Arts was founded through a personal act of King George III on 10 December 1768 with a mission to promote the arts of design in Britain through education and exhibition. The motive in founding the Academy was twofold: to raise the professional status of the artist by establishing a sound system of training and expert judgment in the arts and to arrange the exhibition of contemporary works of art attaining an appropriate standard of excellence.

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Artists Associated With Royal Academy of Arts

Anthony Van Dyck
1599 - 1641

Sir Anthony van Dyck was a Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England, after enjoying great success in Italy ... read more

David Hockney
United Kingdom
1937 - 0

David Hockney is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. He is based in Bridlington, East Riding ... read more

Frederic Leighton
United Kingdom
1830 - 1896

Frederic Leighton, known as Sir Frederic Leighton, was an English painter and sculptor. His works depicted historical, biblical and ... read more

Jacob Jordaens
1593 - 1678

Jacob Jordaens was one of three Flemish Baroque painters, along with Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck, to bring prestige to the ... read more

Joshua Reynolds
United Kingdom
1723 - 1792

Sir Joshua Reynolds was an influential eighteenth-century English painter, specialising in portraits and promoting the "Grand Style" in ... read more

Thomas Gainsborough
United Kingdom
1727 - 1788

Thomas Gainsborough was an English portrait and landscape painter. He was the youngest son of John Gainsborough, a weaver and, in 1740, ... read more

William Hogarth
United Kingdom
1697 - 1764

William Hogarth was an English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic, and editorial cartoonist who has been credited ... read more

William Turner
United Kingdom
1775 - 1851

Joseph Mallord William Turner was a British Romantic landscape painter, water-colourist, and printmaker. Turner was considered a ... read more

Past exhibitions at Royal Academy of Arts - now closed:
Anselm Kiefer 27th Sep 2014 - 14th Dec 2014
Australia 21st Sep 2013 - 8th Dec 2013
Bill Woodrow RA 7th Nov 2013 - 16th Feb 2014
Daumier (1808-1879) : Visions of Paris 26th Oct 2013 - 26th Jan 2014
Dennis Hopper the lost album 26th Jun 2014 - 19th Oct 2014
Francis Bowyer: The Spirit of Places 25th Oct 2013 - 10th Feb 2014
John Carter RA: Between Dimensions 2nd Oct 2013 - 16th Feb 2014
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse 30th Jan 2016 - 20th Apr 2016
Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined 25th Jan 2014 - 6th Apr 2014