Turner Contemporary, Margate

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Part of a plan to regenerate its neighborhood, Turner Contemporary was also the subject of controversy before the gallery opened its doors. Some thought that the original design would expose the valuable artwork inside to the ravages of the stormy North Sea, while the locals thought the revised design looked bleak. Eventually the gallery opened in 2011, and even with the controversy, it was well received for its extraordinary collection of British art displayed near the North Sea. Look especially for the artwork of J.M.W. Turner, the gallery's namesake. Put Turner Contemporary into our Margate trip builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 21, 2017
    This was my second visit. I just love this place and not just because it is free. The clue is in the title. This is a gallery of contemporary art. If you like traditional art and dislike contemporary ...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    An airy space showing some interesting exhibits. Not always to my taste, but still enjoyable. Young children were joining in activities under friendly, stimulating supervision. Staff helpful to even u...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Wonderful space to exhibit modern art. Also an excellent centre for children to experiment. A lovely building; The exhibits are open to personal decisions as to their beauty.  more »
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  • Interesting new architecture on Margate front. Sadly when a new exhibition is being installed, which takes several weeks. There is almost nothing to see for those unfortunate enough to turn up on spec. So always plan your visit to make sure it is fully open. The coffee was good.
  • There was virtually nothing to see. The gallery stages temporary exhibitions. There are no permanent work of art on display other than two items in the lobby and a handful of prints in a corridor. As they were preparing for a temporary exhibition nearly two weeks away when we made out visit virtually the entire building was out of bounds. Certainly not worth the effort and not worth the £2.00 voluntary admission charge. Their website did say - though not prominently - that the main galleries were closed. We assumed as the building was open to the public that more than the lobby would have been accessible. They could certainly have made this a bit more explicit.
  • Went there today and were round it in 10 minutes. Most of it was all shut off and only one room and the main entrance was open. They were also charging a whopping £4.40 for TWO HOURS parking. What a joke. How does that attract visitors to come and visit this place. And the parking was more expensive at the weekend. The gallery may say it's free but 90% of it is shut. Pointless.
  • Despite the name no Turner painting collection (except for 2 paintings and a sketch notebook). Instead, you'll find interesting temporary collections and a creativity lab for kids. Friendly staff, nice cafè and step free access make it perfect for families.
  • If you are a fan of Turner, you might reasonably expect to see at least some of his works permanently on show in a museum bearing his name and built on the site of his accommodation, from where he painted some of his great works. NOT SO. This week when I visited the whole museum was taken up with an obscure collection of artworks made largely from woven fabrics....... a few Turner lithographs can be found in a dark corridor on the ground floor but that is no compensation for a wasted 100 mile round trip. Arguably my own fault for not checking but even so, what a lost opportunity to give a fitting home to his works. Bizarre.

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