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Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts is the oldest fine arts institution in Britain and hosts some of the capital’s finest exhibitions.

  • The statue of Joshua Reynolds in the Courtyard of Burlington House, at the Royal Academy of the Arts

Where the Artistic Greats Meet the Next Generation


Founded in 1768 by a group of artists and architects with the blessing of King George III, the Royal Academy of the Arts boasts a rich history intertwined with artistic innovation.

This unique institution thrives as an independent, privately funded champion of the arts. Its mission is clear: to ignite passion for the visual arts through captivating exhibitions, insightful education programs, and lively public discussions.

Step through the doors of Burlington House and be met with a treasure trove of artistic experiences. The Royal Academy curates a diverse program of exhibitions, showcasing both historic masterpieces and groundbreaking contemporary creations. From established artists to rising stars, this beloved local museum provides a platform for diverse voices within the art world.

However, the museum’s influence extends beyond exhibitions. The renowned Royal Academy Schools offer a prestigious education program that has nurtured generations of artistic talent. Here, aspiring artists hone their skills under the guidance of experienced professionals.

Whether you’re an art aficionado or simply curious to explore the creative spirit, the Royal Academy of Arts promises an enriching journey through hundreds of years of art.