United Kingdom

35 Little Russell Street

Phone: +44 (0)207 580 8155
Fax: +44 (0)207 631 0793

The Cartoon Museum

On 23rd February 2006 London's first cartoon museum opened to the public. Situated at 35 Little Russell Street, a stone's throw from The British Museum, The Cartoon Museum exhibits the very finest examples of British cartoons, caricature, and comic art from the 18th century to the present day.
The Cartoon Museum is dedicated to preserving the best of British cartoons, caricatures, comics and animation, and to establishing a museum with a gallery, archives and innovative exhibitions to make the creativity of cartoon art past and present, accessible to all for the purposes of education, research and enjoyment.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (6)

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Permanent Collection

The Cartoon Museum Collection has more than 1,300 examples of the very best of British cartoon art and is regularly accessing more important works. Recent donations include the important collection of the late actor Allan Cuthbertson, and contemporary works by The British Cartoonists’ Association: items by Steve Bell, Peter Brookes, Chris Riddell, Martin Rowson, Dave Brown, Matt, Mac, Jacky Fleming and many others. Recently the collection has also been boosted by donations of important comic art: Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, Jane of The Daily Mirror, and work by Jack Kirby and Hunt Emerson. The Museum’s Heneage Library of over 4000 books is available for research by appointment.


The Cartoon Museum’s main galleries tell the history of British cartoon, caricature and comic art from Hogarth to the present day. Artworks on display regularly change so there is always something new to see. The temporary exhibition changes every three months and is currently showing Alice in Sunderland – A Labyrinth of Dreams (5th April – 1st July 2007). An exhibition of over 60 original pieces of artwork from Bryan Talbot's new graphic novel. A rich tapestry of styles and stories ranging from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, the real Alice Liddell, the story of Sunderland and the very art of storytelling and cartooning.

Previous Exhibitions

The Humour of Embarrassment: H.M. Bateman’s The Man Who cartoons
Censored at the Seaside: The Censored Postcards of Donald McGill
Grin and Blair It!: Ten Years of Tony Blair in Cartoons
Rupert Bear, Punch and Much More: The Art of Alfred Bestall
The Cartoon Museum opens in London with a permanent exhibition
of British Cartoon Art, caricature, cartoons and comics. Temporary exhibitions in 2006 included:
Recent donations to The Cartoon Museum
A sample of artworks by cartoonists past and present.
Mars In Their Eyes
Mars exploration and scientific discovery, past, present and future, as seen by cartoonists. Exhibited by Prof. Colin Pillinger.
London Life
In May 2006 the Evening Standard, with the Cartoon Museum, launched a competition to encourage new cartooning talent from amongst its readers. An exhibition of cartoons about London past and present.
“You’re Not Art…”: A Collection of Calmans

Exhibitions (3)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

From 5th July to 7th October we will be showing Heath Robinson's Helpful Solutions, a selection of wonderful cartoons by William Heath Robinson highlighting his daft but genial solutions for the world in wartime and peacetime. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.


Adults ÂŁ3, Concessions ÂŁ2,
Under 18s, Students and Friends of The Cartoon Museum FREE

Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday – 10.30am-5.30pm
Sunday 12-5pm
CLOSED Mondays

Getting there

Nearest tube stations – Holborn and (Piccadilly and Central lines) and Tottenham Court Road (Northern and Central lines).
Buses: No19 and No14


There is wheelchair access to the main exhibition and temporary galleries, shop, library and cloakroom space on the ground floor as well as a disabled toilet. A hearing loop and large print labels are also available.
First-Aider on site.
The Museum shop packed with books, prints, cards and cartoon ephemera.
The Museum also has a Young Artists’ Gallery with facilities for drawing and learning about cartoons.

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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News and events

Children’s classes and adult classes, family fun days, evening lectures and talks by cartoonists.


Children’s cartooning and animation classes are held in the school half-term holidays. Family Fun Days are held on the second Saturday of every month and feature fun cartooning activities and games for families.


Groups (school/college groups, other) are welcome to visit the museum – booking is advisable


As well as supporting the work of the Trust, membership of The Friends of The Cartoon Museum entitles the member to free admission to the Museum, to all issues of The Cartoon Museum Newsletter (published three times a year), invitations to exhibitions, lectures, visits, private views and other social events.


The Cartoon Museum is an independent museum which receives no funding from government or local government. It relies solely on ticket sales, attracting grants from charitable trusts, donations from individuals, sales of merchandise, Friends’ subscriptions, hire of the museum and other fundraising activities.
In 2005, trustees raised ÂŁ350,000 towards a target of ÂŁ750,000, and the Trust is now launching an appeal towards the remaining ÂŁ400,000 to fund fully the museum.

The Cartoon Museum is available for hire. Please contact Anita O’Brien (Curator) for further information.

Venue hire

The Cartoon Museum is available for hire. Please contact Anita O’Brien (Curator) for further information.