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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Free admission, incredibly great building, art at its best!
We need places like this in good old germany!
Gerhard Richter.... WOW
The first day we went, the Matisse Cut-Outs exhibition was sold out. As such, actually spent two days in a row at Tate Modern. Tate Modern is large and best of all free except for such temporary and special exhibits. You can still spend a couple of hours just looking at the free sections, as we did on the first day. We bought tickets for the next day for Matisse as well as the Richard Hamilton exhibit - very well done and thoroughly enjoyed them both. A must-see museum when in London.
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.
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.
Amazing, as to be expected. Very child friendly, but will take a few visits to see it all with a toddler pace.
Love the Tate Modern. The perfect place to spend a wintery day checking out all the incredible art.
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.
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!
Always a good afternoon to wander for the resident collections. You've definitely have to be on the ball to get in for the exhibitions. The cafe is also a great spot with a great view.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
A lot of paints are rubbish but there is Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Klee and other great artists who save this museum.
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.
Completely useless and a waste of space. Don't bother. This building is a former power plant, and the majority of space is taken up by an enormous six-storey tall room in their lobby. The layout of the museum is confusing. You can't go 'up' from the ground floor; you are expected to walk down a flight of stairs to the basement (the floor of the giant empty room) and THEN take an escalator 2 floors up. Why??? This place is pointless. They SAY it is a "free" museum, but if you want to see any art you have to buy a ticket. We said forget-it and left after spending 20 minutes riding the escallators.
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 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'.
awesome modern art museum
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.....
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.
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.
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