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The Cartoon Museum – London

London Cartoon Museum (2)As someone who grew up reading the Dandy and Beano, along with a love for Tintin books and the Giles annuals I have always enjoyed the world of cartoons and comics.  If you share the enjoyment of this art form then the Cartoon Museum is for you.  With over 250 original cartoons on display covering the history of the art form from its inception until today, this gem of a museum is a delightful place to visit.  While it is located very near to the British Museum it is worlds apart – in size, scope and material.  Compactly presented over 2 floors it is likely that every visitor will find something to their taste while gaining an education on the history and development of the art form.

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With informational panels discussing the various genres within the art form – including political opinion, satire, social commentary and entertainment, as well as a section specific to the evolution among British cartoonists – the museum does more than just entertain.  But entertain it does in only the way that the best examples can do.

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One exhibit I found particularly interesting discussed how pop artist Roy Lichenstein plagiarized cartoon artists without due credit.  Examples of how cartoon artists have used the art form to make their feelings known are on display and worth looking for.

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History:  The museum opened in February 2006 as London’s first cartoon museum (and likely its only one!).  Its stated mission includes goals to preserve the best of British cartoons and to make the art form available for enjoyment, research and education.  Thus in addition to the museum there is a substantial library of books and comics available for review.  The museum also hosts periodic events, special exhibitions and contests.

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Highlights:  Included in the collection are rare and original artwork on loan from The Beano, the Dandy, and Topper including The Bash Street Kids, Roger the Dodger, Billy the Whizz, Desperate Dan, Beryl the Peril and of course Dennis the Menace.  Also on display are great example of work from Carl Giles including wonderful cartoons that include his grandma character.

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Visiting:  The museum is open from Mon-Sat 10:30 – 17:30, Sun 12 – 17:30. One hour is adequate for a thorough visit.  Closed Christmas through New Years.  Admission is free to children under 18, but £5.50 for Adults – concessions available.  There is also a great shop here – available to enjoy even if not visiting the museum – that carries everything you can think of cartoon related including art quality original cartoons for sale.

Located at:  35 Little Russell Street, London, WC1A 2HH

Closest tube:  Tottenham Court Road

13 comments on “The Cartoon Museum – London

  1. celticlass
    November 2, 2013

    I so wish you’d been blogging when I lived in London! Keep up the good work – you’re providing lots of tips for our weekend visits 🙂

    • LondonUnveiled.com
      November 2, 2013

      Thanks for the comment – glad you are getting some ideas for your weekend trips. Ian.

  2. fingknitcoolgal
    November 2, 2013

    I will definitely have a look when I am in the area! I do love those political cartoon, recent and old. (^-^)

    • LondonUnveiled.com
      November 2, 2013

      There’s a great section on political cartoons so if you get a chance you’ll like that.

  3. jennypellett
    November 2, 2013

    This looks great – I had no idea of its existence. In the summer, there was a Beano exhibition at the South Bank with workshops for kids. My friend and I had a good look around even though we had no children in tow. Very entertaining as well as informative.

    • LondonUnveiled.com
      November 2, 2013

      Thanks for the comment Jenny – missed the Beano exhibition you referred to tho’ probably would have enjoyed it.

  4. Wanderlust23
    November 3, 2013

    I was debating whether to visit this museum, thanks for helping me decide. I’m gonna have to go now.

    • LondonUnveiled.com
      November 3, 2013

      It’s a small but enjoyable stop for an hour… hope you like it too. All the best, Ian

  5. Lardbutty
    November 16, 2013

    nice post, I love the Cartoon Museum – there’s sth there for everyone I’m sure.

    • LondonUnveiled.com
      November 17, 2013

      Glad you like it. Thanks for reading and posting a comment, all the best, Ian

  6. poppiect
    November 22, 2013

    Thanks for sharing, a trip there is definitely happening!

    • LondonUnveiled.com
      November 24, 2013

      I appreciate the comment, and reading my blog. Hope you like the cartoon museum if you go, Ian

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