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About Oceania

This autumn be transported to the shores of Polynesia, scattered archipelagos of Micronesia and the islands of Melanesia as Oceania arrives at the RA.

The UK’s first major survey of art and culture from a region rich in history, ritual and ceremony, Oceania features over 200 exceptional works - many of which are on display for the first time - and spans over 500 years with some of the earliest representations of art from the region, including the 14th century Kaitaia carving.

Alongside intricate items and rare historical objects such as ceremonial feast bowls, star charts, gifts laced with intricate feather work, shells and delicate carvings will be contemporary works by Oceanic artists, such as Lisa Reihana’s vast panoramic video In Pursuit of Venus [Infected], 2015-17.

Marking 250 years since Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific, Oceania will be a celebration of the dazzling and diverse art of the region, from the historic to the contemporary.

Oceania has been organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris, with the participation of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge.

Image credit: Ancestral figure of the head of a ‘Korwar family’, Before 1930.  Wood, cloth, 71 x 70 x 20 cm approx. Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen.TM-573-36

Principal partner: New Zealand

Supporting partner: The Kingdom of Tonga

Supporting partner: Papua New Guinea

Supported by Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa

Important Information

Visitors will not be readmitted

Photography is not permitted in the gallery

All mobile phones must be switched off

All areas of the buildings are accessible, Except Gallery 6 on the Mezzanine Level in Burlington Gardens.

There are accessible toilets available on the ground floor of Burlington House and Burlington Gardens. There is also an accessible toilet on the lower ground floor of Burlington House, next to the Dining Room in the Keeper’s House.

Portable folding stools are available for use in the galleries and can be collected on your way into the exhibition

Voucher Exchange Information

Please exchange your voucher at the entrance point to the Royal Academy.

Child Policy

Under 16’s go FREE

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How do I get there?

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly London W1J 0BD
  • Nearest Bus stop: 14, 19, 22, 38
  • Parking:
  • Nearest Night Bus:
  • Nearest Tube: Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria
  • Directions:

    Exit the station on to Piccadilly. Follow signs for Piccadilly Circus, and the Academy is on the left hand side.

  • Nearest Station: London Victoria


  • Disabled toilets
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible