35 Little Russell Street
0207 580 8155
020 7631 0793
The Cartoon Museum exhibits the very finest examples of British cartoons, caricature, and comic art from the 18th century to the present day. There is also a shop, an archive and a reference library.
Museum, Gallery, Library, Archive
Mon - Sat, 10.30-17.30
Also open Bank Holidays. Closed over Christmas and New Year
Free for Children, U18, Art Fund
Nearest tube: Holborn
There are currently about 900 works in the collection. These include original cartoons, caricatures, drawings, sketches and letters.There is also a selection of eighteenth century original prints. Some rare books featuring the work of cartoon artists are also included in the collection.
Design, Film and Media, Fine Art, Literature, Social History, Weapons and War
Key artists and exhibits
- 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.
- Classic works by Gillray including The Plum Pudding and, John Bull - taking a luncheon, and The Zenith of French Glory.
- Cartoons in 3D including Gerald Scarfe¹s memorable Chairman Mao, Scarfe's caricatured original leather armchair from 1971.
- Cartoons by Larry, Kipper Williams, Tony Husband, Nick Newman and many more.
- Emett¹s working ‘Fairway Birdie’ (made by this eccentric cartoonist whose wacky contraptions appeared in Chitty Bang Bang, and at The Festival of Britain.)
- Classic war cartoons including Sir David Low¹s ‘All Behind you, Winston’, and Bruce Bairnsfather¹s, ‘If you know a better ‘Ole...’
- Colour mural painted by top cartoonists including Steve Bell, Dave Brown, Martin Rowson, Peter Brookes, Chris Riddell, MAC and Hunt Emerson.
- Annual cover drawings by Carl Giles featuring the Giles family and his immortal Granny.
Spitting Image: From Start to Finish
- 26 February — 8 June 2014 *on now
The award-winning British satirical puppet show comes to the Cartoon Museum. All your favourite characters, from the programme created by Roger Law, Peter Fluck, John Lloyd and Martin Lambie-Nairn, will be under one roof, these include Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Richard Branson, Michael Jackson and the odd Royal Family face.
- Any age
Design your own Puppet Character
- 15 May 2014 6-7:30pm
Scott Brooker has many television, theatre and film credits as a puppet maker and puppeteer. One his most well known work was for Spitting Image, where he spent thirteen years as head puppet maker. After leaving Spitting Image, Brooker worked with Jim Henson's Creature Shop as a designer and fabricator working on many of their productions. Booker assisted John Eccleston (Rattus' main operator) in operating Rattus for all episodes of Gory Games the Horrible Histories game show spin off.
Adults £10, Concessions £8, Children £6
Book through www.cartoonmuseum.org or by phone on 020 7580 8155
Shoulder to Shoulder: Sally Heathcote Suffragette
- 17 May 2014 6:30-7:30pm
Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is a gripping inside story of the campaign for votes for women. A tale of loyalty, love and courage, set against a vividly realised backdrop of Edwardian Britain, it follows the fortunes of a maid-of-all-work swept up in the feminist militancy of the era. Sally Heathcote: Suffragette is another stunning collaboration from Costa Award winners, Mary and Bryan Talbot. Teamed up with acclaimed illustrator Kate Charlesworth, Sally Heathcote's lavish pages bring history to life.
Artwork from the book will be on display in the museum.
- Any age
No - but space limited book online or by phone
Nearest tube: Holborn