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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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  • The Turner exhibition was excellent. The gallery itself is well organised, easy to find with good parking (expensive), nice restaurant and café and good souvenirs shop. Location cannot be better: sea ...  more »
  • Light and spacious gallery with interesting exhibitions. It is very hot and stuffy though! Be prepared to travel light as we found it unbearably airless.  more »
  • This is the type of museum I like ☺️ we had a great time exploring the various items in the exhibition  more »
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  • I've been here plenty of times to see various exhibitions since it opened and its always such a nice place to visit. The space is large and modern with a clean, interesting layout that lets the installations breathe and there are even outdoor pieces spilling out. The accessibility is great, ramps and lifts throughout for buggies and people in wheelchairs and there are clean loo facilities. Try the café, lovely food and a good selection of teas and coffee with a child friendly layout and nice views. Don't forget to visit the excellent gift shop, which has a rotating stock of interesting products.
  • It had a Turner exhibition on, which was great. A lot of both finished and unfinished works. I'd found a lot of his painting quite boring, but this help me appreciate his innovative stretching of colours. The gallery itself was a good space, if a bit smaller than I thought it would be. However, it had a good community feel and there was an art class going on when I was there.
  • We went with 3 adults and 3 kids aged 5-8 and had a fantastic few hours. A really gorgoeous, non-intimidating, fresh, bright gallery. Very helpful and friendly staff. Great exhibitions which all of our group were able to enjoy and engage with. And a very nice cafe too! Highly recommended
  • Firstly its an art gallery and it can get quite busy. its worth checking what is on before going as the instalations do change as you would expect. Its free to get in and they do ask for a donation. The café is good as well.
  • A great place for art. For a relatively small gallery they always manage for show great pieces of art. Lovely views out to the sea and a great shop and cafe too.