This was my favorite museum in London. One of the best things about being a tourist in London is that a lot of museums are FREE! And I came across this museum on accident because I wanted to see the famous Harry Potter bridge where the dementors flew by in the movie. You can easily see that bridge from the museum.
The museum itself is huge and you can easily lose yourself in this place for hours! I think I spent at least 2-3 hours in this place, just examining all the modern art pieces. They also have really cool live body art, where humans act out stuff and you watch them from a bird's eye view.
I definitely would want to come back here if I am ever in London again.
Recently came for the Matisse exhibition, which was very interesting. With a selection of his works on display using different mediums and videos showing him making some of his art.
They have timed slots to enter these galleries, so they don't get overly crowded and there are seats within the exhibition so you can sit and look at the various displays. At the end there is a gift shop with lots of postcards, posters, books and other Matisse related things.
I would recommend buying a Tate card if you come on a regular basis as you get to go for free with a guest and you get a discount on the audio guides and in the shop at the end.
I visit this museum every time I make my way to London. Take a walk along the south bank from Parliament House past the skate park and enjoy some people watching. There's usually a street performer of sorts directly outside the entrance of the museum...or at least there has been every time I pay this place a visit. Stand outside and enjoy the views of the river and London while listening to the street performers.
Once inside (no cost...small donation) make your way up to the restaurant for afternoon tea with brilliant views of the city. Call ahead and get a table along the windows for your ultimate viewing pleasure.
As far as works go Level 2 is my favorite with works from Picasso and Dalí but wander around and figure out your own favorite. A really great museum and a must see if you're in London.
This place is amazing. They have paintings by Dali, Picasso, Rivera, Matisse, and more. The cafe on the 3rd floor has an amazing view of the city. The coffee at the cafe is also really good too. The museum is also free! This place is definitely worth a visit.
Great day out.
I believe that nothing is ever a mistake.
On my way here, everything seemed so beautiful. There was a reggae cover band outside Tate singing the song by Bob Marley... "Don't worry, about a thing. Cause every little things, gonna be alright". I'll never forget the way I felt. It was so amazing.
This was one of my favorite things I did in London. I love art and music and just falling in love with artists and their creations. It was beautiful. A complete dream to be on my own and discovering these things...
Will be back!
The hype is pretty spot on - this my be my favorite modern art museum yet. The collection is one of the best and most diverse, with all of the European masters represented.
If you haven't been, you are missing out - Oh AND it is FREE!!!
Impressive building with a decent collection. Art is obviously subjective, and I'm no fan of modern art, but I did enjoy the Dali pieces.
I would say that the MoMA has a more impressive collection, but the Tate has a better building.
Excellent museum. The Tate Modern may be the worlds most important museum for contemporary art history. It is housed inside an old electric generation station that remains the same outside but has been gutted and completely changed inside.
Most art museums focus on their ever changing shows, and then display their permanent collections haphazardly or, or they put the impressionists together, etc.
But what I like most, as someone who knows a lot about art, is how the collection is curated into themes, such as modern interpretations of the human form. This lets the viewer see how a variety of artists tackled similar ideas and subjects.
The Tate's permanent collection is outstanding. It has several important Picasso paintings, as well as important works by Miro and Kandinsky.
I really wanted to see the Mark Rothko "murals" that were supposed to be installed at a restaurant in NYC--he famously withdrew them and gave them to his favorite museum, the Tate. You can't understand Rothko in a book or any other way: You have to see his work in person. And this collection of paintings, displayed in one dark room, as he envisioned, brings you as close as you can getting his work. Standing there, you have an experience that is not duplicated anywhere else in the world.
The one complaint I have is that a few things in this wonderfully free museum are ticket only, and it's an expensive ticket. I would have liked to see these things but the 17£ price for a ticket, or a membership at 62£ was not gonna happen.
Big fan of Tate Modern. I find it almost therapeutic. It's always quite busy but never feels too crowded.
There's a lot of stuff to interact with, so I suppose kids would like it too, although not all video installations are suitable for children.
Either way, it's worth a visit - the permanent exhibition is free, there's great views of London from the top floors and the art ranges from ridiculous to stunning.
I could really enjoy contemporary art, I mean - I paint for leisure myself sometimes, but some of the stuff they got going there is really, really not my cup of tea.
The gallery itself is very airy and spacious and pleasure to roam around, so I guess if modern art suits your taste - you're in heaven. It is also super friendly for kids - they got an area to play and easy access for buggies everywhere.
The upstairs member lounge is great - healthy salads, wonderful views over the river and St Pauls, but even though it is 'member only' access - it's always a bit too crowded.
Best thing about Tate Modern is that it's open late on Friday and Saturday nights! That means that after you've been out on a lovely date around the area, you can take a nice leisurely stroll to the Tate Modern and play guessing games to what the title of the pieces are / what they are about (I actually got the "testing paint drips" painting right!). There are plenty of pieces there to keep your mind and your date engaged.
Another thing I noticed here that I have rarely seen elsewhere is that the hall monitors actually smile at you when you make eye contact. I thought it was a very nice gesture that doesn't go unnoticed.
I'm not very knowledgeable about museums or art, but I was fascinated by all the exhibitions I could go to and am itching to head back again when I have the time. The contrast between the exterior and interior design is so stark that is actually works. It's a cool space and the layout of the exhibits are well thought-out and seem very much about the work they're displaying.
I didn't get a chance to play with the interactive parts of the museum because of the crowds, but I can't wait until the next time to try!
If you're like me, someone who doesn't know much about these things, you will still probably enjoy some if not all of the Tate, so go and breathe in the wonderful creation of artists far and wide!
I generally am not a museum person. Art galleries are a little more tolerable and they definitely had a lot to look at at, but the weather was bad -- we were there during the bad patch of flooding. So instead of being a stimulating journey through a bunch of wonderful modern art, it was more of a fight to actually look at any of the art. Large groups of people yelling and talking so loudly that I can't hear my thoughts drove me a little nuts.
If I had gone on a different day, I'm willing to bet that there would have been a lot more freedom to roam and have a thoughtful look at things.
Also, extra point for the fabulous lookout bar on the top floor with an amazing view of the Thames and the city beyond. Even with the torrential rain, it was a relaxing spot to stop and reflect on the day.
If you're going, try to avoid weekends and rainy days. I know... if it's sunny in London, why would you spend time indoors? Trust me. You will enjoy the Tate Modern a lot more if you have ample space to think and move.
I'm not big on museums, but thoroughly enjoyed the Tate Modern. Maybe it was because it was free (except for special exhibits). Or maybe it was because it was small enough to walk through and see everything in 2 and a half hours. Or maybe it was because it was located in what was once a power plant. But in any case, the Tate Modern has a variety of paintings and displays (a couple of Picasso paintings, Warhol photos, sculptures, among others). My favorite exhibit was a four-screen simultaneous projection called "The Casting". There were two sets of back-to-back screens, and depending on which side you sat on, you saw a different interpretation of two interwoven stories. I thought it was very creative, and a great way to break up your viewing experience. There's also a cafe on one of the lower floors as well as one on the top floor with excellent views and a more comprehensive menu. That Tate also has great views of the Thames as well as the St. Paul's Cathedral. If you have the time, I'd definitely recommend visiting the Tate Modern. Free Wi-Fi too!
This was the one art gallery that my companion and I visited when we were in London. It was free, and that was awesome, although there were temporary exhibitions that had a paid ticket to it.
We only decided to visit the free sections of the museum, and that was already enough. I saw so many interesting things here, and I wish I lived in London so that I can admire these artwork every now and then.
At times it got crowded, but that's ok. I still enjoyed myself, and I totally recommend this to people visiting London who are interested in contemporary art.
It's certainly hard to beat free isnt it? we made a bit of a donation anyways and made our way through the first few levels and the views from the top restaurant. Bill viola, Richard Serra, Picasso, Francis Bacon, and many of my other favorites are tucked throughout. It's a much larger space than what it needs in it's contents. Some of the rooms are wicked warm and humid so Im not sure if that's intentional or their air system is jacked. Otherwise, if you need culture on a budget, this more than does the trick
Free admission, incredibly great building, art at its best!
We need places like this in good old germany!
Gerhard Richter.... WOW
The best thing about the Tate Modern is that it is free to get in. That means you can pop in a quick browse and not be worried about getting value for money on an entrance fee.
There is plenty to see with some amazing work dotted about the place although I find some of the modern art a bit hit and miss. The place is also full of a weird mix of people on dates and hipsters making for a great anthropological study.
For me its one of the best art museums in Europe and I have been to many of them. There are several floors with a permanent collection and ever changing exhibitions. Some other exhibitions that I have seen here are Roy Leichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Richard Hamilton...
Its right on the Thames River so when you're done with the art, or even before, you can hang around out front and enjoy the river and people walking by. The millennium bridge (footbridge) is always there so easy to go across and check out St Pauls afterwards.
Tate Muse is a must, the gift shop alone is worth the trip, as well as a beautiful cappuccino.
There are free galleries and special event galleries that you pay for. The free areas are amazing. Lots of people are breezing by quickly but what is highly moving is if you hangout and stare at a painting until some response arises inside of you. It doesn't matter what it is but in that moment the art work lived and something became awake. Pure fun.
Such an iconic London sight now and a great place to introduce children to art. We also loved seeing the Perigrine Falcon perched opposite on the City Of London school when we were there.
Such an eclectic mix of artists - always something interesting going on.
As far as modern art museums go, this one is great. It has a little bit of something for everybody. The museum is huge. Which is a good thing as you won't often feel too squished in to exhibit rooms. The paid exhibits are normally really good though the stuff on display in the free parts of the museum is more interesting and diverse. It takes a good couple of hours to get through but had some late nights and there are plenty of food places inside for refuelling. Check it out!
Living close by the Tate Modern, I'm spoiled by being able to drop in. I usually really enjoy the exhibits and getting a tea on the top floor, I may be a bit biased because while I really enjoy the Tate Modern, I prefer the Tate.
I can't believe this is free and MOMA costs something like $45! A really great art museum if you like modern art, organized and curated well. It is 4 or 5 floors and 2 or 3 are free so if you only go to the free floors, it is really manageable.
This is a great museum for enjoying contemporary and avant garde art from around the world. It may not be for everyone, but it is interesting and worth a visit.
There's a lot to see and admire here...just go with an open mind!
Note that I'm not a big fan of art. When I've stepped into art museums in the past, I'm usually overwhelmed by an aesthetic headache after a short while and must leave the building to regain my senses. That said, after being talked into coming to the Tate Modern with some travelling colleagues, I still give this museum 5-stars for the following observations:
1.) Its free. Hard to complain about anything when there is no investment asked of me - at least monetarily. There is a voluntary donation bin at the entrance where they ask for a modest £4 donation.
2.) Its in the middle of everything. One doesn't have to go out of the way to visit the Tate Modern as its essentially convenient to and within any path to any other tourist site in London. It sits on the South Bank of the Thames adjacent to the Globe Theater and directly across the Millennium bridge (a site unto itself) from St. Paul's Cathedral. If nothing else, its a nice place to catch your breath and take a break from the weather. The 2nd floor balcony also offers a very nice view of the London skyline.
3.) Its historic. While much of the art I observed in my brief jog through the museum was more confusing than inspiring or beautiful (at least to my novice eye), there are some historic pieces in the building. Monet's Waterlilies and a couple of Picasso's adorn the walls. Not a lot of places in the world where one can see something of that magnitude.
4.) Its different - uniquely London. When I go vacation, I want to see/experience something different. When I travel, I want to see/experience the local culture that makes up that destination. Isn't that the point? The Tate Modern is quintessentially a London/UK experience.
All in all, a great investment of one's touring time.
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One of my favorite museums in London, the Tate Modern is Britain's gallery of modern art. Located on the banks of the Thames River, this museum was once a power station. The combination of brick exterior with a huge interior of wood, steel and concrete make this the perfect setting for modern art.
If you're a tourist, I recommend combining a visit with St. Paul's Cathedral and walking across the Millennium Bridge. Admission is free to the Tate, but special exhibits charge for entry. If you're lucky, you'll see an amazing display in the Turbine Hall, which is the massive open space that once housed the generators of the power station. My favorite painting at the Tate is Summertime: Number 9A by Jackson Pollock. In the past, it's been displayed in one of the free areas, but currently it's being featured in a special exhibition called "A Bigger Splash" with a £10 entry fee. Strolling through the halls, you'll find artwork from just about any of the great modern artists. Even if you aren't a big fan of the arts, you'll be amused at some of the original displays.
5 stars for fantastic art, free entry and an amazing reuse of an old structure.
This museum exemplifies everything I love about modern art, including the architecture. The structure in itself commands you to stare up In awe. The featured artist when I went was Damien Hirst. The black box holding the crystal skull. Amazing. One of my favorites. What I really love about it is that in the large wide openess you don't feel consumed by a million pieces that you feel compelled to look at, rather a few lovely pieces particularly placed that leads you through the rooms wanting more. Thoroughly enjoyed!
Modern art. My eternal love, I cannot resist you once again.
Tate Modern stands on my list of favorite places along with Pompidou, MoMA and MMoMA.
I came for Miró. I loved it, of course... Crazy Catalan genius.
And after Miró, I stayed for hours wondering around post-modernism, surrealism, Russian cubism and constructivism...
(there is something intriguing in those "isms", you must admit)
Tate filled with treasures to be seen. Every turn, every exhibition brings something new, something to admire, ponder, think about, or just look at and enjoy.
Explore and see for yourself.
great location and brilliant exhibitions, the book shop has also got some great titles and fun things to buy, this place certainly is a must see on a visit to london - be prepared to pay for the main big exhibitions though, i saw the lichtenstein exhibition here and it was super super cool.
Love the Tate Modern. The perfect place to spend a wintery day checking out all the incredible art.
A must-visit museum in London. A vast permanent contemporary art collection that is regularly supported by amazing exhibits.
Well, at least it's free. Giant space with NOTHING in it. The four galleries comprising the permanent collection make no sense, have very little art, and what they do have is not very good. What a wasted opportunity.
Funky and different. A nice place to stroll though if you want something new. Or go with a funny friend and make jokes of some of the literal crap resembling art there. Either way, it's a fun day out and you won't be bored!
The Tate Modern houses a large array of contemporary art. They show thoughtfully arranged modern art exhibits. While visiting you can eat, drink and purchase souvenirs. It is great for kids. It is a great way to spend an afternoon and expand your horizons.
How do I love the Tate. Let me count the way.
2. the exhibits and collections have a great depth to them and really expose you to both familiar legends and lesser known artists.
3. While the building is amazing, it still lets the art be the star. So many museums built in the last 50 years seem more like architectural wonders where the art is overwhelmed by the building.
4. it's curated well, Other museums in London have almost an overwhelming abundance of art and it can be fun to lost in one of them and just wander around but the Tate is better if you only have 2-3 hours.
5. Turbine room.
Great museum, though it really depends on what the current exhibits are. We saw one a few years ago about pornography that was excellent. Open late Friday and Saturday.
Everything is free except the special exhibition (currently Paul Klee - Making Visible).
The gift shop has some fun art prints and souvenirs, and there's also a café where you can get drinks and snacks if you wander around for too long and are in danger of falling over from ART EXHAUSTION!
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