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. Using our online itinerary creator, Margate attractions like Turner Contemporary can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I made an impromptu visit here whilst in town. Great that the gallery is free to enter. I was greeted by one of the volunteers who was really helpful, welcoming and friendly. I walked around the exhib...  more »
  • OK this is my third visit & I have tried really hard to like it however I make no apologies for thinking modern art looks like nursery school kids painted it. And why is there no Turner at the Turner?...  more »
  • Some great exhibitions here ive been many a time. Its was the 1st time is saw Emins bed which was wonderful. Its a unusual building but has a great coffee shop  more »
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  • Turner Contemporary is one of my favourite attractions on the Kent coast. Not only do the large scale windows of the gallery give a fantastic panoramic view of the Margate coastline but there is so much to see of Turner's work and the gallery also has a very varied set of exhibitions on throughout the year. Staff are always friendly and on hand should you need any assistance too. The gallery shop has a good range of souvenirs and art pieces to suit all budgets too. Overall I would highly recommend paying Turner Contemporary a visit.
  • This is definitely worth a visit every time you stop off in Margate. It does look a bit imposing from the outside but it all falls into place when you step inside the doors The light and space is incredible and shows off amazing works against a fabulous backdrop of the sea. The staff are all very friendly and and will answer the most of naive of questions without making you feel daft! Can't wait to go again.
  • When the Turner was being built, I was not sure about how it looked. When you get inside though it's always got something different and amazing to see when you first go in. The galleries upstairs always have something different and they change the displays regularly. It is now an important part of Margate. There is a very big lift to get all kinds of disabled wheelchairs upstairs 😁
  • A great place to spend an hour. Some stuff for kids. I kind of find the place quite limited. Nice gift shop. If you're visiting Margate then worth a visit.
  • Nice contemporary gallery in Margate by the beach front. Free entry. No parking on site (except disabled) but plenty nearby. On site shop. The exhibitions were interesting and regularly changed. Well worth spending a few hours here.
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