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Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery (Somerset House)

The Courtauld Institute of Art is one of the world’s leading institutes for teaching and research in the history of art and conservation. Uniquely it houses world famous collections of paintings, prints and drawings in its Gallery, and also manages the Hermitage Rooms. Highlights: works by Paul Cézanne, Edouard Manet, Amedeo Modigliani, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Georges-Pierre Seurat, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec andVincent Van Gogh.

http://www.courtauld.ac.uk


Dean Gallery

Home to Scotland’s national collection of modern and contemporary art, the Modern Art Galleries include the Gallery of Modern Art and the Dean Gallery. Both Galleries are set in extensive parkland where visitors can discover sculptures by Finlay, Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread among others. Dean Gallery shows works from the Gallery’s internationally renowned Dada and Surrealist collection alongside pieces by Eduardo Paolozz and important works by Dalí, Miró, Ernst, Magritte and Picasso.

http://www.nationalgalleries.org/


Design Museum London

The Design Museum is one of the world’s leading museums of modern and contemporary design. The institution celebrates design’s richness and diversity and its power to enhance daily life by exploring innovation and excellence in every area of design from industrial design, graphics and multimedia, to fashion and architecture. The exhibitions tour to other museums nationally and internationally.

http://www.designmuseum.org/


Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

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.

http://www.estorickcollection.com


Freud Museum London

The Freud Museum, at 20 Maresfield Gardens in Hampstead, was the home of Sigmund Freud and his family when they escaped Nazi annexation of Austria 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 ranged 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 museum is now being developed as a cultural and Research Centre of outstanding value to the professional community. The Freuds were fortunate to be able to bring all their furniture and household effects to London: there were splendid Biedermeier chests, tables and cupboards, and a fine collection of 18th and 19th century Austrian painted country furniture.

http://www.freud.org.uk/


Hermitage Rooms (Somerset House)

The Hermitage Rooms are decorated in the style of The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, and provide a perfect backdrop for rotating exhibitions from the magnificent treasures of the Hermitage and other collections. The Hermitage Rooms are managed by the Courtauld Institute of Art and exhibitions range from the Palaeolithic to the contemporary.

http://www.hermitagerooms.com/


Hunterian Museum and Gallery

The Hunterian collections are extensive and wide-ranging with just over one million objects. The recently published Scottish National Audit of all museum collections ranked the Hunterian as third in Scotland in terms of overall collection size from the finest body of Roman material in the west of Scotland to one the most distinguished public art collections in Scotland. The Mackintosh House is also part of the Gallery. The collections include over 450 paintings, 40,000 works on paper, together with more modest holdings of applied and decorative art and sculpture.

http://www.hunterian.gla.ac.uk/


National Galleries Scoltand - Scottish National Gallery

The National Gallery Complex is one of Scotland’s top free visitor attractions and Edinburgh’s second most-visited attraction after the Castle. It is made up of three interconnected buildings, right in the heart of Edinburgh. The National Gallery of Scotland is home to a major part of Scotland’s sensational national collection of fine art; the Royal Scottish Academy Building (RSA) is one of Europe’s premier venues for international exhibitions; and the Weston Link, which lies beneath the two buildings, connects them together with areas for shopping, learning, eating and drinking.

http://www.nationalgalleries.org


National Galleries Scotland - Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

The Modern Art Galleries include the Gallery of Modern Art and the Dean Gallery. Both Galleries are set in extensive parkland where visitors can discover sculptures by Finlay, Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread among others. The Gallery of Modern Art shows special exhibitions and works from c.1900 to the present day featuring French and Russian art from the beginning of the 20th century, Cubist paintings and superb holdings of Expressionist and modern British art. Highlights: works by Matisse, Picasso, Bacon, Freud.

http://www.nationalgalleries.org/visit/complex/2:118:3/


National Galleries Scotland - Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery provides a unique visual history of Scotland, told through the portraits of those who shaped it. It explores the lives of great Scots, past and present, who have inspired and changed the world - royals and rebels, poets and philosophers, heroes and villains.  The Scottish National Portrait Gallery was the first purpose-built portrait gallery in the world.

http://www.nationalgalleries.org


National Museum of Scotland

Two iconic buildings for one amazing museum. The collection in the landmark Museum of Scotland building tell you the story of Scotland: its land, its people and culture. The Royal Museum building, with its magnificent glass ceiling, houses international collections covering nature to art, culture to science. Some exhibits are millions of years old, others less than a decade.

http://www.nms.ac.uk/nationalmuseumhomepage.aspx


National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery has the largest collection of portraits in the world. As one of the only national collections to commission work combines the contemporary with the historical, making the National Portrait Gallery a living archive of Britain's most influential and famous figures.

http://www.npg.org.uk


Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts is an independent institution, led by distinguished artists and architects whose purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/


Royal Scottish Academy Building - National Galleries of Scotland

The National Gallery Complex is one of Scotland’s top free visitor attractions and Edinburgh’s second most-visited attraction after the Castle. It is made up of three interconnected buildings, right in the heart of Edinburgh. The National Gallery of Scotland is home to a major part of Scotland’s sensational national collection of fine art; the Royal Scottish Academy Building (RSA) is one of Europe’s premier venues for international exhibitions; and the Weston Link, which lies beneath the two buildings, connects them together with areas for shopping, learning, eating and drinking

http://www.nationalgalleries.org


Somerset House

Somerset House, an imposing mansion built in 1547 by Edward Seymour, saw at the end of the 20th century a major refurbishment to the complex of buildings. Home to the world-renowned permanent collections and special exhibitions of The Courtauld Gallery, and from April 2008, the new Embankment Galleries, Somerset House is now a major cultural hub - an 18th century palace fit for a 21st century city.

http://www.somerset-house.org.uk


Tate Britain

Tate Britain is the national gallery of British art, home of British art from 1500 to the present day. Located in London, it is one of the family of four Tate galleries which display selections from the Tate Collection. The other three galleries are Tate Modern, also in London, Tate Liverpool, in the north-west, and Tate St Ives, in Cornwall, in the south-west. The entire Tate Collection is available online.

http://www.tate.org.uk/


Tate Liverpool

House of international modern and contemporary art, Tate Liverpool is located in the port city of Liverpool in the north of England and  is one of the family of four Tate galleries which display selections from the Tate Collection. Tate Liverpool opened in 1988 and displays selections from the national collection of international modern art.

http://www.tate.org.uk/liverpool


Tate Modern

Tate Modern is the national gallery of international modern art. Located in London, it is one of the family of four Tate galleries which display selections from the Tate Collection. 
Created in the year 2000 from a disused power station in the heart of London, Tate Modern displays the national collection of international modern art. This is defined as art since 1900. Tate Modern includes modern British art where it contributes to the story of modern art, so major modern British artists may be found at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain.

http://www.tate.org.uk/modern


Tate St. Ives

The small Cornish town of St Ives has attracted painters for over a century, amongst its early visitors were J.M.W. Turner, Whistler and the young Sickert. The Gallery occupies a spectacular site overlooking Porthmeor Beach close to the home of Alfred Wallis and to the studios used by many of the artists whose works are exhibited. It is designed to show works of art in the surroundings and atmosphere in which they were created.

http://www.tate.org.uk/stives/


The Ashmolean Museum

With the opening of its doors on 24th May 1683, the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archeology provided a setting in which the private collection emerged into the public domain. The archaeological collections, forming the basis of the present-day Department of Antiquities, now found themselves in the distinguished company of the paintings forming the founding collection of the Department of Western Art; additionally, both Departments were considerably enriched by the arrival of what would become of the Fortnum collection.

http://www.ashmolean.org/


The British Museum

The British Museum holds in trust for the nation and the world a collection of art and antiquities from ancient and living cultures. Housed in one of Britain’s architectural landmarks, the collection is one of the finest in existence, spanning two million years of human history. The British Museum was founded in 1753 to promote universal understanding through the arts, natural history and science in a public museum.

http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk


The Gilbert Collection ( Somerset House)

The Gilbert Collection of decorative arts is one of the most important gifts ever to be made to the British nation. It comprises some 800 works including magnificent silver, gold snuffboxes, Italian mosaic and enamel treasures, representing centuries of craftsmanship and 40 years of the skill and passion of its collector, Sir Arthur Gilbert.

http://www.gilbert-collection.org.uk


The National Gallery

The National Gallery’s permanent collection consists of Western European paintings dating from about 1250 onwards.
Photo:National Gallery East Wing Project © The National Gallery, London and Hayes Davidson

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk


The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.

http://www.wallacecollection.org


Victoria and Albert Museum

The purpose of the Victoria and Albert Museum is to enable everyone to enjoy its collections and explore the cultures that created them; and to inspire those who shape contemporary design. The V&A is the greatest museum of art and design, a world treasure house with collections of fabulous scope and diversity. The Museum holds over 3000 years worth of artefacts from many of the world’s richest cultures. The V&A comprises the museum at South Kensington, the V&A Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green, and the archives and stores at Blythe House, Kensington Olympia.

http://www.vam.ac.uk/


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