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Turner Contemporary, Margate

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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3/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web
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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  • We came to see the Turner exhibition and John Akomfrah's amazingly beautiful, poignant and dramatic film, Vertigo Sea. 
  • How could it be anything but amazing! Well-curated, interesting narrative. A delightful sample of this stunning work, with a few interesting artefacts too.... 
  • We visited the Turner Contemporary situated in the Margate sea front and by the harbour. We didn't want to miss the exhibition which started on the 9th of October and will be open for three months. Fo...  read more »
  • Went when it first opened and we were very underwhelmed; gave it a second look yesterday and it was even worse. The photographs of marijuana and poppy plants on the walls must be a clue as to what you should take before you go to the current exhibition as you would have to be totally off your head to get anything out of it. The video images of people rolling around or dancing were just plain silly. It was so bad I would have liked some money back even though it is free entry. Best thing was looking out of the window at the sea, but you can do that better outside. I suspect that one day there will be an exhibition featuring the contents of Tracy Emin's lavatory! The Emperor's New Clothes comes to mind.
  • 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.
  • An Arty Seaside day-out 90 minutes from St Pancras International followed by a 15 minute walk from Margate station to the Turner gallery along a crescent sandy beach. Free entry, donations accepted. Friendly and helpful staff throughout and fully accessible. Inspirational installation by Yinke Shonibare, romantic views from the enormous windows and delicious savoury and sweet treats in the southwest facing cafe. There was a wedding party taking place in the afternoon therefore no access to Leise Wilson's 365 Days exhibition.
  • Nice gallery and cafe both with great views, nice contemporary art ( if that floats your boat) Nicest part of it all is that it lifts Margate profile and it engages with the local community ( food, staff etc)
  • Sorry find the building an eyesore. When you look along Margate seafront it looks so out of place with the other architecture. Suppose that's being "Contemporary".
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