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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
A lot of paints are rubbish but there is Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Klee and other great artists who save this museum.
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 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!
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.
I hate to judge a museum when it's undergoing renovations, but, unfortunately it might be several years (if ever) before I make it back to the Tate Modern. I do love that all the museums in London are free. And unlike the Reina Sofia in Madrid, this one seems to have more pieces that make me question why I like modern art. And really make my husband question why he agrees to go along with me on museum trips when he's not a museum person to begin with.
It wasn't the most convenient museum to get to either. If you're in the St. James Cathedral/Westminster area, I would recommend crossing, I believe, the Millennium Bridge and hopping over to the Tate from there.
I love museums to begin with so I will never say I don't like one, but I hope one day to make it back to the Tate Modern to see the new & improved 'version'.
I was personally disappointed with Tate Modern. Yes that have Monet's Water lilies...but their wasn't a lot of what I liked. I will give them that they have a nice collection of Picasso's works...which I adored. Mostly conceptual art that looked like someone had taken a crap on the floor...my Dog is than a master artist.
I would suggest the National Gallery over this place. Although the views back at the North bank are spectacular and the café is pretty cool.
I love this place. It starts with the walk over the bridge and first sight of the old power station building and the walk over the bridge with the 100s of others crossing the river. Great permanent exhibitions of mostly 1900 onwards modern classics for free plus a good value entry fee for one off exhibitions.
I loved Tate modern museum!
I went .. I want to say on September 22d and it was a fun experience. There were interactive drawing stations and available audio tours. There was a place to store our belongings and a cute cafe. I had a physical tour with a very humerus guide. He knew his stuff and talked about the bigger pieces. I was disappointed that when I went there wasn't a piece that took up the giant gallery because I hear some wonderful stuff happens there.
I would def go again
This museum requires a re-visit because the main turbine hall was closed for refurb when I went which is why it's lost a few stars
All of the other rooms that were open and I visited had an eclectic mix of modern art. Everything was laid out in an easily accessible way and I never felt like it was too crowded. The museum is really big and has all types of modern art. I'm not a particular fan of modern art and thought that some of it looked like a 2 year old's scribbles... but hey, to each their own. At least there is a place to exhibit all the variety of modern art.
Free? Open late on a Sunday? Love, love, love. Ostensibly went here to take a look, but we were thirsty and sidetracked upstairs to the beautiful cafe overlooking the Thames, then on the way down got sidetracked wandering through the very good gift shop and then you know.....
Between Tate Britain and Tate Modern, not to mention satellites in Liverpool & St. Ives, they have the major draw for art lovers. Tate is like America's Getty or bigger, and selected works of the famous, the not-so-famous and the flamers (artists that spark a scene for an instant, then burn themselves out in ambiguity) all get some attention here. Over 70,000 pieces of art from over 3000 artists, you're bound to get bored after a while and you can tarry over at the cafe and refresh yourself before entering the breech yet again.
I was getting a bit tired of seeing so much Joseph Turner, a British favorite, that even Roy Lichtenstein became interesting to me beyond the typical "It looks like a big cartoon" and I appreciated his work all the more. As an USAF retiree, I especially liked "Wham" for reasons that are obvious.
From Picasso's Weeping Woman to Duchamp's urinal (I mean "fountain"), Warhol, Matisse, Dali, Pollock and Rodin, even some Hokusai, all your favorites can be found at the Tate. While Tate Modern hosts all the stuff that makes one wonder what "art" is, an appreciation for both categories will widen your perspective, just as they planned.
Though Tate Modern is London's version of the MOMA in NYC, don't expect to be blown away, but see it.
My favorite museum in London! If you love modern art, you will love the Tate. They also had wheelchairs available for use, which was excellent, and the museum was very wheelchair accessible.
Proximity to Millennium bridge excellent
Stroll to Eye,
Snack and reflect,
Return when expansion complete.
It's free, how can you give it a bad review?!
Anyway, I love the Tate Modern.
I came here by myself on a rainy day in London fully expecting the place to be just as dreary inside as the weather was outside. I was so wrong.
I walked into the large 1st floor almost warehouse area, and it was pitch black. I saw many people sort of hanging out on the floor and I honestly wasn't sure what was going on. I was about to go upstairs to a more lit area when the light show started. I realized this was one of their exhibits!
The nice thing about the Tate is that they really go from contemporary to a much older style and contain artwork from many different cultures and different movements. I am by no means an art connoisseur but thoroughly enjoyed their Asian inspired exhibits. I even saw the artist who created one of the special exhibits there that day!
I think it would honestly take you more than 3 hours to get through everything thoroughly. I ended up taking about 2 because I skipped through some of the exhibits and only went to find those that I was very interested in. I feel like there's a lot of art here, and it is totally worth checking out!
Let's take a moments of silence to appreciate just how amazingly great and wonderful Tate Modern is.
This is turning into one of my favourite spots in London. I love it. Love love love it - everything from the building to the permanent exhibitions and - last but certainly not least - the temporary exhibitions. I've seen some truly amazing things here, recently Lichtenstein (but truth being told that I also saw this 3 times already in Washington D.C.) and - AND - Ellen Gallagher.
O.M.G. - - sensational ..
It doesn't really matter if you are a turist, a local or somewhere in between. Tate Modern offers something for everyone.
... I really ought to make a priority to visit other museums.. On second thought; nah! :-D
The Tate Modern is one of the highlights of London.
Housed in a former power plant, its a multi-story modern arts museum on the banks of the Thames, connected to the opposite bank by the Millennium bridge.
The ground floor houses a café, and last visit there was also a BBQ truck run by the museum.
Best of all, free to enter. Visit if you want to browse a collection of modern art in a massive repurposed building.
The Tate Modern is a place of exquisite beauty.
I will unapologetically write this totally fanboy review.
Comparisons with other modern art museums like MoMA in New York are inevitable, but whereas the others may sometimes have more on display, I have always found the Tate to be dare I say it better curated.
And this should be a must-visit destination for any tourist visiting London and the whole setup with the Millennium Bridge going across the river, and into the gigantic exhibition hall in the building is a fabulous experience.
Admission is free but the Tate will charge for special exhibitions.
The Tate Modern remains one of my favourite museums in London for two reasons: 1) the vast space of the Turbine Room and 2) the excellent beer selection and view from the restaurant/bar on the 7th floor. It also, on occasion, hosts an exhibition that appeals to me such as the Lichtenstein Pop-Art exhibition currently on display.
A quick note on the LIctenstien exhibition actually. Roy Lichtenstein focused on pop-art - essentially painting parts of comic strips on larger canvas. It seems a bit meh until you get a chance to see it up close and realise just how exacting he needed to be to replicate the square or part of the square on a massive canvas without a template. The selection of the fraction of the comic strip is interesting as by showing it out of context it often changes the meaning of the image completely. I wasn't sure what to think going in but our guide's passion was contagious and it seemed that all too soon the tour was at an end.
The bar up top is also running a bottled pale ale made by Brewdog which in itself is a good reason to go. Nothing like sipping a fine beer while gazing at setting sun's reflection on the Thames. It's hard to be the view on a (rare) sunny day and it would only be better if it was outside! Oh, and the bottle label is a reproduction of one of Lichtenstein's more famous pieces so it makes an excellent souvenir.
And just to round it up, the Turbine Room. This is an absolute cavernous room that often has an art instalment at the bottom that really caters to the vast space. But the draw for me is the feeling of quiet and peace that you rarely get in city such as London. Just a few minutes there is enough for me to recharge and get back out into the rat race. Although, I have to say I'm a bit jealous by the little kids who plonk themselves down and proceed to roll down the slope in the Turbine Room. One of these days I'm going to pluck up the courage and do just that. Anyone else wanna join?
I love the Tate in all its different shades and have visited most of their branches repeatedly. The Tate Modern has created an amazing space in this old power station. Since its opening at the beginning of this century the Tate has tried to show and present contemporary art to the masses ... sometimes with great success, other time less so. Located on the River Thames its part of the Southbank and one has a stunning view of the Millennium Bridge and St. Paul's cathedral. If you go to the Café on the third floor you can get an even better view up and down the Thames.
Next to the very nicely curated, but slightly outdated standing collection, the Tate comes up with some very decent special exhibitions. Currently they have a major Lichtenstein retrospective. In the past they were pulling in the crowds by showing Munch, Hirst and Gauguin. Admittingly the special exhibitions are costly, but I think they worth it ... all depending on if you like contemporary art.
I do love the Tate Modern. Despite my love/hate relationship with modern art.
The collection is housed in an old power station, so the building itself is a marvel. I can't help but think however, that there could be more efficient use of the power station floor which is currently just a vast, wide open space. Although perhaps that's so you can appreciate the building as a piece of art? Friggin' modern art...
I've been on several occasions, most recently however for the Damien Hirst exhibit (which was fabulous) and just this weekend to see the Lichtenstein (who may very well be my favorite artist, especially after this weekend) exhibit. DO go see it. It's amazing and opened my eyes to his work outside the beloved comic-inspired stuff that everyone loves.
The Tate also happens to have a very fantastic gift shop on the ground floor filled with prints, postcards, tchotchkes, and the best thing of all, original and fantastic children's books.
The special exhibits can run a bit pricey (£15-20), but they are so awesome and if you don't want the splurge, it is worthwhile to visit for the free stuff too.
I almost always visit the Tate Modern when I visit London. I love the big vast space, exhibitions and the fact it's free!
My latest visit (last weekend) was a bit different, I went with my sister, nephew and niece. Knowing they wouldn't enjoy or have the attention span for viewing the exhibition, we sought other entertainment for the two toddlers (3 and 6 years olds). Thankfully there was an interactive cassette tape recorder installation which kept them amused for a while. A 'build your own den' area in the main hall, which kept them engaged for ages - playing with other kids too. The staff around this temporary kids area were really helpful and always on hand. There is also a kids floor upstairs on the 4th level, with slide and interactive learning. I think they would have been happy to have spent all afternoon there!
Sadly I didn't get to see much of the gallery spaces this time, but at least they have thought of ways to entertain the little ones too.
Compared to the V& A museum, I'd have to give the Tate modern 3.5 stars. I love the sheer size and space of the museum. It felt like an airport terminal to a certain degree. And then I thought we had walked into a flash mob and they were going to break into a GLEE song but alas, it was just a mobile exhibit of bodies walking in sync back and forth. It was interesting but not really.
BTW, if it's your virginal visit to the Tate, you have to walk from St. Paul's via the Millenium Bridge to get to the Tate. It's a lovely stroll with nice vistas.
One of my top favorite modern art galleries in the world. I've been fortunate to visit exhibits here since 2007 and have never been disappointed. The guest exhibits are available for months at a time, and change on a regular basis. The staff is friendly and helpful and the building houses so much variety, both in the designated rooms (which is what purchased tickets get you into) and downstairs by the gift shop.
I recommend new visitors to take a walk across the pedestrian bridge, it's a sight to see and allows for some wonderful photos. Once at the gallery, tickets are bought downstairs, and use the escalators or lifts to gain access to the ticketed rooms and permanent exhibits.
This was our least favorite museum during our trip to London and France. My brain was not able to appreciate what I was looking at. I don't know, maybe it was the particular exhibits that were showcased that week/ month or I am just not a fan of modern art? I didn't like the building/layout, it was dreary to me. As most museums in London, admission is free (donations are suggested and it is a pleasure to give).
Even though I am giving this museum 2.5 stars (it pains me to do so), I would highly suggest that you check out this museum and form your own opinion. It may be your cup of tea.
I am not a huge fan of modern art. But free admission makes everything better!
They only open for a short period of time on weekdays from 10am to 6pm. This is very typical of London. I remember most shopping places and even grocery store close at 6pm, which is not very connivent since I am used to 24-hour grocery store and tourist attractions open late.
I don't remember much about my vist other than I was short on time and quickly strolled around with my friend. I just remember it was super crowded.
I love this Museum. I'm not a huge art freak, but I do enjoy modern art, I may not understand it, but I know I'll at least find it interesting and sometimes quirky. I truly love that London has made so many museums free to visit, I mean you can just waltz in through the front door and find yourself looking at a Picasso - how cool is that? Also I like museums in small doses at a single time, because I tend to get overwhelmed, so I love that I can just pop in and visit for a short while and not worry that I've wasted money.
When I first visited in 2008, there was an exhibit in the Turbine room, which was a giant crack in the floor. On my next visit in October of 2012, the Turbine room had another exhibit, this time it's performance art, and when I was watching that consisted of people sitting on the floor chanting "electricity."
Also, even if you're not an art fan, this place is great for it's free and clean bathrooms, which can be a challenge to find in London.
I highly encourage you to pop in and take a peak around, what have you got to lose?
I don't love modern art but I do love this museum. The space alone is enought to explore, plus there are enough exhibitionst that you will find something that will grab your interest. This was the first place I saw Dali, and ever since then I was hooked on all things Dali. Also, the gift shop is great, I think I would stop by there just to shop.
The admission is free for permanent exhibits, but there are usually extra fees for temporary exhibits, some of which are well worth it. The location of this place on the river at the end of the Millenial Bridge is great. You could spend the afternoon here, and end up with lunch on the bench overlooking the river.
Have you ever seen a massive concrete slab with a crack the length of a football field running down the middle? No? Well you obviously missed the Shibboleth exhibit at Tate Modern.
That type of in-your-face modernism is what awaits you as you walk through the hallowed (?) halls of this British institution of modern art. As an avid art lover and student of the history of art, I both love and hate this place. It's a complicated relationship, much like that between a golfer and the ancient game. Sometimes I see a piece at the Tate and think "wow a 2 year old could have made that mess" but then I turn around and achieve visual nirvana. One of my favorites: a small, out of the way peephole in a wall that I dared to look through- only to discover an inside of the wall display with a film being screened within. Amazing!
Splashes of colour abound, sculptures ranging from the erotic to the mundane (toilets, anyone?), and East London art students roam free at this institution dedicated to the promotion of new(ish) artists. If you like your button pushed (or sometimes to simply push a button), go to the Tate Modern. Be advised: it can be tricky to get to especially if you are heading there from the more tourist-friendly West London shops, sights and parks. Don't forget your map!
Tate Modern is awesome for several reasons. First of all, like many reviewers said, it's free. Secondly, they have late hours on Friday. Third, there is a huge, impressive collection.
For those like myself, who don't really 'get' modern arts, this is the perfect place. For budget and time constraints, Tate Modern basically gave me the perfect opportunity on a late Friday night, to walk in and 'try' to appreciate modern art. It's an opportunity that would not have happened if it wasn't the fact that it's free admission and having that late hours.
I can't say that I now 'get' modern arts, but having strolled through the museum, I did thoroughly enjoyed my time there.
Like most public museums in England, it's free to view the permanent exhibits.
There's late night Friday hours which is fantastic for both locals and tourists.
Although, the building is very big, there are really just 2 floors with permanent exhibits. It takes less time to view the free exhibits than you would expect (but there's still lots to see!).
I really enjoyed this museum because I like modern art. It's a pretty cool interesting building too. I really appreciate the late night hours too.
The first time we came, we entered into a very dark, gigantic sized warehouse-feeling room. There was a massive screening on the front wall. We were actually very disoriented and confused if we were at the entrance or not.
The next time we came, we entered right into a performance art piece happening in this same massive room.
It's situated right next to the Millennium Bridge, so definitely a take stroll on the new bridge. You can easily walk to St. Paul's Cathedral from there too.
I don't think this museum is a must-see if you're visiting London for the first time as there's plenty of other amazing sights to see first, but if you're a repeat visitor or a local, you should definitely check it out (if you like modern art and museums).
I am a huge fan of modern art, and the Tate was a must see for me while I was here in London. It did not disappoint. The collection here spans such an interesting array of medium and style, time and artists. There really is something for everyone to appreciate. It helps that the walls read like an art history textbook, with all the artists you learned about in school.
The multimedia tour was interesting, far better than a traditional audio tour. I could have spent forever in the shops, the books and goods were awesome. I took home an adorable diary.
My favorite part by far was The Tanks section. Interesting and provocative multimedia work. The environment really suits the work.
I love wandering around London. Day off, after work, lazy weekend, whatever the case I always end up seeing something new. The Tate modern is a bit like a small version of London in that way - no matter how many times you've been there, there's always something new to see and fall in love with. The exhibitions are compelling and well curated, and the architecture manages to be both dramatic and calming at the same time. I love the turbine hall and the batty ways it's been used as an exhibition space in the past. And the new tanks space is a great use of an unconventional space as exhibitions for temporary/experimental art.
The shop is a must visit for tourists looking for thoughtful gifts and stocks some excellent books for all levels of interest.
Finally I love where it's situated. Opposite St. Paul's cathedral with the millennium bridge linking the two, its like walking between the past and the present and whichever way you're going, you're seeing London at its very best.
So there are two Tate museums. This Modern version focuses on 19th-20th centuries sculptures and paintings from mostly British people.
And the cool thing is that it is FREE admission here and at the Tate Britain. But if you have the London Pass, you get the audio guide for free. This place is huge. They have 7 floors of exhibits. But they only have 3 or 4 floors dedicated to their permanent collections and the rest are reserved for the temporary and pay exhibits.
But I was surprised that it wasn't just British artists are being represented here. A lot of my favorite impressionists artists' paintings are here as well including Picasso and Matisse.
But the focus here is modern stuff including contemporary art where you look at it and you wonder sometimes "you've got to be kidding?!?...this is art" kind of thing. But you don't normally say that, although you think that. But I'm here to actually say it since some of you don't normally say it.
But overall, it's a great experience coming here. They have a great collection and their bookstore is huge too.
The exterior of the Museum is like a exhibit itself with quite a variety of modern art. It was artfully done with the type of collections and how it was exhibited. At the end you can have a sit on the 6th floor with very tasty high end cocktails and a fantastic view to rest your tired legs at the end of the day. :) perfect
I won't waste too much time reiterating what has been said already. The Tate Modern is brilliant.
I have almost zero appreciation for museums and even I thought it was incredible.
Literally, it has been the highlight of my travels so far.
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