"Britain invented the cartoon: the Cartoon Museum celebrates it." - TagVenue, read the full article to learn more about our history, our collection, what we can offer you, and what makes us one of London's best museum venues.
"The Cartoon Museum was the perfect venue for our book launch and display in April 2016: such a brilliant yet intimate space in a perfectly central location. The team were incredibly helpful, helping with our framing needs, accommodating extra artwork, and, for the launch, pointing us towards the best catering suppliers and adapting to our needs and budget. I’d definitely go back – and would recommend others to do the same." - Sophie Goodfellow, ED Public Relations.
“The Cartoon Museum is a colourful, quirky and intimate venue, which strikes just the right balance between friendly and formal. If you’re looking for somewhere a bit different to host your event, but you still want the professionalism and high standards you’d associate with the best events venues, you’ve found it. Book it!” - Jo Parry, Marketing Director for Waterfront Solicitors.
The Cartoon Museum is the only museum in the UK to celebrate our cartoon and comic heritage, from the 18th century to the present day. Four special exhibitions a year explore the work of cartoonists, graphic novelists and animators and themes found in cartoon artwork. The two permanent displays tell the story of cartooning in all its forms, from the political satire of William Hogarth, Gerald Scarfe, Ralph Steadman and Steve Bell, to the social satire of H.M. Bateman and Pont, to the extraordinary works of William Heath Robinson and the fantastical comic strip creations like Dennis the Menace, Desperate Dan, Rupert Bear and Andy Capp.
The Cartoon Museum is housed in the old Dairy Supply Company Limited building, built in 1888, on the corner of Little Russell Street and Coptic Street. George Barnham, who was responsible for significant changes in the milk supply industry and for inventing the milk churn, owned the building from which he sold milk related hardware. The old gallery and historic features remain. The Cartoon Museum moved here in 2006 and has since used the building for the display of cartoon art and for education. The museum receives no public funding and is wholly reliant on the generosity of its audience and venue hire for its continuing existence.