the Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum

35 Little Russell Street

The Cartoon Museum was founded by a dedicated group of cartoonists, collectors and lovers of the art form.

After exhibiting in small venues for over a decade, the Cartoon Museum opened its doors in 2006 to preserve the very best of British cartoon art.

The museum has three main galleries displaying original artwork from British cartoons and comics, past and present. Temporary exhibitions since 2006 have featured Private Eye, William Heath Robinson, The Beano and many other luminaries.

At the heart of the museum lies its growing collection of cartoons, caricatures and pages of comic-strip art. The foundations of modern British political and social cartooning can be found in works by Hogarth - whose social satires are regarded by many as the foundation of the British cartoon tradition, James Gillray and Thomas Rowlandson.

The permanent collection also includes works by a number of fine Victorian cartoonists including John Leech, George Cruikshank, George Du Maurier and John Tenniel. 

The upstairs gallery displays original artwork by some of the founding fathers of British comics, such as David Law (Dennis the Menace, Beryl the Peril), Leo Baxendale (Bash St. KidsMinnie the Minx), and Frank Hampson (Dan Dare), alongside work by Posy Simmonds, Sarah MacIntyre, Nick Abadzis, and the final page of Alan Moore & David Lloyd’s seminal V for Vendetta. From the US, there are originals by Garry Trudeau and Charles Schulz.

The museum runs events and workshops for schools and colleges, families, children and adults. There is also a library of 5,000 books on comics and cartoons which is available for research purposes by appointment.

Make sure you don't miss the Cartoon Museum Shop which stocks more than 900 books on the history of cartoons and comic-strips, graphic novels and children’s books.

The Cartoon Museum is part of the Museum Mile: 13 of London's most extraordinary museums and galleries stretching from King's Cross to the River Thames.

Visitor information

Open: Tuesday - Sunday 10.30 - 17.30. Closed Mondays, except for bank holidays.

Underground: Tottenham Court Road Station or Holborn Station

Admission: Adults £7; Conc. £5; Student £3, Under-18s, Art Fund, London Pass, registered disabled and carer FREE