Cartoon Museum

Cartoon of a cow sitting next to a man on an empty bus. A thought bubble coming out of his head says, 'Typical, an empty bus and the loony sits next to me.'
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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Archive

Opening hours

Mon - Sat, 10.30-17.30
Sunday, 12.00-17.30
Also open Bank Holidays. Closed over Christmas and New Year

Admission charges

Adults £5.50
Concessions £4
Students £3
Free for Children, U18, Art Fund

Getting there

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.

Collection details

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.
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Doctor Manhattan looking at the stars!

Graphic Novel Night

  • 12 May 2016 6:30-9pm

We're celebrating our 10th birthday with a joyous exhibition of The Great British Graphic Novel and on 12 May we'll be open late to the public.

From literary adaptations, modern retellings of the classics, and autobiography, to fantasy, political biographies, histories and more, this exhibition covers every conceivable genre of storytelling, and the very best of each will be showcased in the heart of Bloomsbury.

Covering almost 300 years, the 100+ original artworks on display in this ground-breaking retrospective will depict the evolution of the graphic novel in the UK with works by William Hogarth, Kate Charlesworth, Dave Gibbons, Martin Rowson, Posy Simmonds, Bryan and Mary Talbot, and many others.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Advance booking is essential: for tickets, please email or phone 0207 580 8155.


Getting there

Nearest tube: Holborn

Cartoon Museum
35 Little Russell Street
Greater London




0207 580 8155


020 7631 0793

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