Royal Academy - London - U.K.

We are an Academy. We have much in common with museums and other galleries, but we have a broader role – to promote not just the appreciation and understanding of art, but also its practice.

We are artist-led. Our artists represent many different perspectives, but we all share a deep commitment to art and a strong belief in the contribution that artists make to the world.

We are an independent charity. Unlike most of our peers we do not receive revenue funding from government and so we are reliant upon the support of visitors, donors, sponsors, and the loyal Friends of the Royal Academy to continue our work.

We exist to promote art and artists – a mission we pursue through exhibitions, education and debate.



The Photographers' Gallery - London - U.K.

The Photographers' Gallery is the largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography. From the latest emerging talent, to historical archives and established artists, we're the place to see photography in all its forms.



Natural History Museum - London - U.K.

The Museum is a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre. We use our unique collections and unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. We care for more than 80 million specimens spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually.



National Portrait Gallery - London - U.K.

Founded in 1856, the aim of the National Portrait Gallery, London is ‘to promote through the medium of portraits the appreciation and understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture, and ... to promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media’.
The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. The Collection is displayed in London and in a number of locations around the United Kingdom, including several houses managed by the National Trust. The Gallery is increasingly keen to find new ways to share the Collection through the National Programmes, as well as through this website.

Like other national museums, the Gallery is supported both by government and increasingly by a large number of individuals, companies, trusts and foundations, as well as by the receipts from ticketed exhibitions, shops, catering and events.

The Gallery aims to bring history to life through its extensive display, exhibition, research, learning, outreach, publishing and digital programmes. These allow us to stimulate debate and to address questions of biography, diversity and fame which lie at the heart of issues of identity and achievement.

The National Portrait Gallery aims to be the foremost centre for the study of and research into portraiture, as well as making its work and activities of interest to as wide a range of visitors as possible.

Dr Nicholas Cullinan



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The Fic123 Blogs have visitors from the following countries
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National Maritime Museum - London - U.K.

The National Maritime Museum is the world’s largest maritime museum with 10 free galleries and a vast collection that spans artworks, maps and charts, memorabilia and thousands of other objects.


National Gallery - London - U.K.

The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge.

The Gallery’s national strategy promotes the understanding, knowledge and appreciation of Old Master paintings throughout the UK. It is our ambition to give these paintings a major role in modern cultural life.



Museum of London - London - U.K.

Little could archivists of a small piece of Roman mosaic have imagined the museum growing into the urban and social history centre visitors see today. We now receive over a million visitors to our museums each year.

The focus of the original Guildhall Museum, founded in 1826, was on archaeology. Its first acquisition was a fragment of Roman mosaic from Tower Street in the City of London.
The London Museum, established in 1912, had wider interests and collected modern objects, paintings, and costumes.
Following the Second World War the museums amalgamated to form the Museum of London.

Doors to our current site opened in 1976. We have become a centre of social and urban history, and continue to maintain our archaeological interests.
We unveiled a second site in 2003, the Museum of London Docklands, housed in a Grade I listed warehouse at Canary Wharf, not far from the river Thames.



Museum of Brands - London - U.K.

Just around the corner from the world-famous Portobello Road Market stands a treasure trove of retro design and memories.
Imagine walking through galleries full to the brim with oddities and wonders alike, where every corner you turn leads you into a different decade.

You’ll see Rimmel cosmetics from the 1890s, First World War Oxo Cubes, Mars Bars, Rolos and KitKats from the 1930s, a 1970s Chopper Bike and around 12,000 other items that will open your eyes to the way we lived and shopped.

We opened in Gloucester in 1984, moved to London in 2005, and are now a top 10 London attraction.



Leighton House Museum - London - U.K.

The museum has a collection of 76 oil paintings by Leighton. These range from the small and loosely-painted colour sketches that he produced as part of the process of making his pictures, through to large-scale finished works produced for exhibition at the Royal Academy. An important group of Leighton's landscape sketches, made at various times as he travelled, represents this lesser-known aspect of his artistic production.
he collection of paintings is 'bookended' by two major works. The Death of Brunelleschi was painted in 1852 as Leighton's final work as a student at the Stadelesches Kunstinstitut in Frankfurt, Germany. Acquired for the museum in 1909, it is testament to Leighton's early accomplishment and ambition. Clytie, the picture that he was working on at the time of his death almost 45 years later, was acquired by the museum in 2008.



Iniva - London - U.K.

Iniva explores the politics of race and global identities through the visual arts. We aim to diversify the mainstream and challenge the status quo by working across media with artists, curators, creative producers, writers and the public.

Iniva was established in 1994 to address an imbalance in the representation of culturally diverse artists, curators and writers. Iniva is a registered charity, funded by Arts Council England and governed by a Board of Trustees.




The Geffrye - London - U.K.

The Geffrye explores the home and the way people live. Our collections show how homes have been used and furnished over the past 400 years, reflecting changes in society and behaviour as well as style, fashion and taste. A series of period rooms lead visitors on a walk through time from 17th century oak furniture and panelling, past muted Georgian elegance and eclectic Victorian style, to 20th century modernity and contemporary living.



Freud Museum - London - U.K.

The Freud Museum, at 20 Maresfield Gardens in Hampstead, was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Austria following the Nazi annexation in 1938. It remained the family home until Anna Freud, the youngest daughter, died in 1982. The centrepiece of the museum is Freud's study, preserved just as it was during his lifetime.

It contains Freud's remarkable collection of antiquities: Egyptian; Greek; Roman and Oriental. Almost 2,000 items fill cabinets and are arranged on every surface. There are rows of ancient figures on the desk where Freud wrote until the early hours of the morning. The walls are lined with shelves containing Freud's large library.

The house is also filled with memories of his daughter, Anna, who lived there for 44 years and continued to develop her pioneering psychoanalytic work, especially with children. It was her wish that the house become a museum to honour her illustrious father. The Freuds were fortunate to be able to bring all their furniture and household effects to London. These included splendid Biedermeier chests, tables and cupboards, and a fine collection of 18th and 19th century Austrian painted country furniture.

Undoubtedly the most famous piece of furniture in all the collection is Freud's psychoanalytic couch, on which all of his patients reclined. The couch is remarkably comfortable and is covered with a richly coloured Iranian rug with chenille cushions piled on top. Other fine Oriental rugs, Heriz and Tabriz, cover the floor and tables.



Fashion and Textile Museum - London - U.K.

The Fashion and Textile Museum Collection highlights the changing face of contemporary fashion from 1947 to the present day. All items in the Collection relate to the design and production of fashion, textiles and jewellery, with a number of key garments from designers including Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Biba, Mary Quant and Vivienne Westwood.

The Collection features regularly in the Museum’s programme of exhibitions and items are also shown in practical workshops and history of fashion lectures. The Museum is also willing to lend to other galleries and institutions. The Collection provides an invaluable resource for students of fashion, textiles and tailoring, as well as cultural history, and it is possible for researchers to conduct private study of items in the Collection by making an appointment.

The Museum can also provide information on and access to the Zandra Rhodes Collection, which is an outstanding resource containing 40 years of work including samples, paper patterns, textiles and ephemera.



Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art -London - U.K.

The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art opened in London in 1998. Its new home - a Grade II listed Georgian building - was restored with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and contains six galleries, an art library, cafe and bookshop. The Collection is known internationally for its core of Futurist works, as well as figurative art and sculpture dating from 1890 to the 1950s.



Dulwich Picture Gallery - London - U.K.

Dulwich Picture Gallery is the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery: it was founded in 1811 when Sir Francis Bourgeois RA bequeathed his collection of old masters “for the inspection of the public”.

Today the Gallery is a vibrant cultural hub hosting some of the UK’s leading exhibitions alongside its Permanent Collection of Baroque masterpieces while staging a wide-ranging programme of public events, practical art and community engagement.



Design Museum - London - U.K.

The Design Museum is now closed and will reopen in its spectacular new location on High Street Kensington on 24 November 2016.

Following a long search for larger premises to expand its activities, in 2008 the Design Museum selected the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington High Street, West London, as its new home. This unique landmark from the 1960s, a Grade II* listed building that had stood vacant for over a decade, will be transformed by a design team led by John Pawson who will make the building fit for a 21st century museum, whilst at the same time retaining its unique spatial quality.



Courtauld Gallery - London - U.K.

The Courtauld Gallery is one of London’s must-see art museums.

The collection stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century and is displayed in the elegant setting of Somerset House, one of the city’s most dynamic cultural venues.

The Gallery is particularly renowned for its unrivalled collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including masterpieces by Monet, Van Gogh and Gauguin and the largest collection of Cézannes in the UK.

The Gallery also holds an outstanding collection of drawings and prints and fine works of sculpture and decorative arts.



British Museum - London - U.K.

The origins of the British Museum lie in the will of the physician, naturalist and collector, Sir Hans Sloane (1660–1753).

Over his lifetime, Sloane collected more than 71,000 objects which he wanted to be preserved intact after his death. So he bequeathed the whole collection to King George II for the nation in return for a payment of £20,000 to his heirs.

The gift was accepted and on 7 June 1753, an Act of Parliament established the British Museum.

The founding collections largely consisted of books, manuscripts and natural specimens with some antiquities (including coins and medals, prints and drawings) and ethnographic material. In 1757 King George II donated the 'Old Royal Library' of the sovereigns of England and with it the privilege of copyright receipt.

The British Museum opened to the public on 15 January 1759 . It was first housed in a seventeenth-century mansion, Montagu House, in Bloomsbury on the site of today's building. Entry was free and given to ‘all studious and curious Persons’.

With the exception of two World Wars, the Museum has remained open ever since, gradually increasing its opening hours and moving from an attendance of 5,000 per year to today's 6 million.



Ben Uri Museum of Art - London - U.K.

Ben Uri Museum of Art, Identity and Migration incorporating the Ben Uri Collection earns its place on the ‘must visit’ priority list in London
c. 50,000 sq. ft. sustainable self-financing Museum with local, national and international visitor and community engagement at its heart
Located within an easy short walk of a major National Gallery or Museum or within the centre of a major transport and cultural tourist hub
Tell the story of migration to London from all the principal émigré communities and artists’ perspectives
Be a catalyst for other great cities in the UK and abroad to similarly explore, embrace and celebrate different émigré cultures as equals within their own diverse societies
Recognised as the best, most interesting and engaging art and migration museum in the world.



Barbican - London - U.K.

Based in the heart of the City of London, the Art Gallery is easily accessible from Hoxton and Whitechapel. Accompanying each exhibition is a dynamic programme of talks and events



Bankside Gallery - London - U.K.

Bankside is the Gallery of the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS), and the Royal Society of Painter‑Printmakers (RE). We are situated in central London on the south bank of the River Thames, just across the Millennium Bridge from St Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London.

Our vibrant exhibitions celebrate the very best in contemporary water-based media and original prints, championing the work of new and established artists. For over 30 years Bankside Gallery has played a crucial role in displaying and promoting work on paper, exploring its boundaries while supporting education activities organised by the RWS and RE.

The Gallery also hosts many of the UK’s leading art competitions, including the RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition and the National Original Print Exhibition, providing a platform for new and established artists.

Bankside Gallery is an educational charity and we receive no funding from the government and rely solely on sales, and support from Friends and Patrons. Most artworks on display at the Gallery, and featured on this website, are available for sale and Gallery staff are able to assist you with any purchase. You can even spread the cost with the Own Art interest free credit scheme.
Opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1980, Bankside Gallery is a registered educational charity, number 293194