Royal Academy of Arts

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Britain's first art school was founded in 1768 and moved to the extravagantly Palladian Burlington House a century later. It is now best known for the galleries. Expect to pay for blockbusters (like 2008's popular 'From Russia' show) in the Sackler Wing or main galleries, while shows in the John Madejski Fine Rooms are drawn from the RA's holdings – ranging from Constable to Hockney – and are free. The Royal Academy's biggest event is the Summer Exhibition, which for more than two centuries has drawn from works entered by the public as well its Royal Academicians. The nozzles of the courtyard fountain are layed out to match the position of the stars and planets on the night in 1723 when Sir Joshua Reynolds, artist and RA Founding President, was born.

Venue name: Royal Academy of Arts
Contact:
Address: Burlington House, Piccadilly
London
W1J 0BD
Opening hours: Mon-Thu, Sat, Sun 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-10pm
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Price: Admission Charge between £14-£10, concs £6-£9

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  • Until Sunday September 27 2015
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  • Until Sunday August 16 2015
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  • Drawing and illustration Wednesday July 8 2015 - Sunday August 23 2015
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  • Contemporary art Saturday September 19 2015 - Sunday December 13 2015
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jade

As this is advertised as a free gallery i went along to check it out...there were 3 or 4 paintings on a wall behind a stairwell that were free to view, all the exhibitions were £20 or more. This shouldn't be listed as a free gallery at all.