Royal Academy of Arts

London, W1J 0BD

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Founded in 1768, this is the country's oldest society concerned solely with the fine arts.

Installation view of Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014

To celebrate the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary in 2018, the RA is offering 50% off entry to Tacita Dean: Landscape to visitors with a National Art Pass.


As an independent institution it is primarily led by prestigious artists and architects. Among its founders were Sir Joshua Reynolds and Sir William Chambers, who were determined to achieve professional standing for British art and architecture. Through the Academy's history the prominence of its members has not diminished and past Royal Academicians include John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough, JMW Turner, Lord Leighton and Stanley Spencer, while current members include Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, David Hockney, Tracey Emin, Antony Gormley and Anish Kapoor.

The collection focuses on British art and artists and mainly ranges from the 18th century to the present day. Among the highlights are major works by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Turner, Constable, Alma-Tadema, Flaxman, Millais, Leighton, Waterhouse, Sargent, Spencer and Hockney. Some of the John Madejski Fine Rooms have been rehung with works from the permanent collection. They can be visited on special free tours. See website for details. 

Venue information

Opening times

Mon – Thu, Sat – Sun, 10am – 6pm
Fri, 10am – 10pm

Closed 23 Jun, 24 – 26 Dec

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)