Tate Modern is one of the world's vanguards of modern and contemporary art. Installations and exhibits here change periodically, so check to see what's on display before you visit. Past installations have included a giant tuba hanging from the ceiling and diatribes playing through speakers. You'll also encounter art that's more historical, yet still modern. The Poetry and Dream gallery contains Surrealist works, Structure and Dream presents abstract art, and Energy and Process focuses on Arte Povera--a radical modern art movement that took place in Italy from 1967-1972. To learn more about the galleries' highlights, take one of the daily free tours lasting about 45 minutes. Take a look at our London holiday planner to schedule your visit to Tate Modern and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Tate Modern Reviews
Must see for fans of modern art. the setting is eclectic and the works are great. Third time to visit. Never overly crowded and always notice something new. more »
We enjoyed our time at the Tate Modern. Many steps but all worth it with all the amazing Art! Definitely recommend a visit! more »
Had an excellent time here; we adored the viewing level - one of the better skyline views in London, in our opinion. Even on a miserable day; which we ended up going on, was fabulous. The actual art a... more »
Its way more open and empty than I imagined. Id hoped for a great display of art but I was somewhat undewhelmed. A pretty decent venue though and it seems to be undergoing some development so I'm sure when I return my views will change. Still a recommended visit.
I have been going to this museum with my wife and kids for over 15 years. It's a must-see for contemporary art and architecture buffs alike. There is so much art to see for free, and you could easily hang out in the building and the surrounding outdoor spaces all day if you wanted to. For the paying exhibits, make sure to check in advance for availability because the crowds can get big.
Tate Modern is a great place for photography and getting some really nice shots. There is a 10 level building which they let you go to the top of to take photos on the perimeter balcony. Entry is free which is great considering the views are incredible and inside the museum while there isn't that much of interest (at least to me), there were a few cool photo opportunities and floors that would be perfect for some unique portrait photos. my only complaint is that there wasn't more to see on some of the levels.
Large gallery with guest exhibitions featuring individual artists for which you have to pay, but mostly free. Plenty of space to circulate and plenty of food and souvenir outlets. Personally, it was a relief to make it up to the higher floors where the pioneers of modern art Picasso, Klimt, Kandinsky and Roy Lichtenstein show us that what has stood the test of time is a cut above most contemporary art. IMHO.
Nice place to spend a leisurely half day. It is vibrant and always has some interesting art exhibition. Only negative point is there are no escalators for all floors. Have to use lifts for many floors and often have to wait long periods for a lift.
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