Tate Modern

Built during the Industrial Revolution, the building fell into disrepair until it was raised from the ashes to become the central hub of London’s modern art scene.

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Take a free tour with one of the many expert guides to learn more. The gallery also offers a range of free mobile apps such as the Tate Guide to Modern Art Terms to enrich your experience.

A bankside marvel

Tate Modern is part of the eminent Tate Group of galleries and museums. It began life as the gallery for modern art within the British National Art Museum, which is now Tate Britain. In 1994 the modern collection was considered worthy of its own museum and premises, and the recently closed Bankside Power Station in Southwark was renovated to create the bright and airy contemporary space visitors see today.

Warhol to Weiwei

The galleries span seven floors and four wings in this vast building, displaying everything from paintings and prints to photography, video installations and sculpture; comprising one of the world’s most important and comprehensive modern art collections, Tate Modern has the best of the whole twentieth century covered and offers a fantastically global perspective. Highlights include its important gallery of Surrealist works, some monumental Cy Twombly canvases and iconic Pop masterpieces such as Roy Lichtenstein’s Wham!

The enormous Turbine Hall makes for a huge and dramatic ramped entrance, as well as the site for large site-specific installations - acclaimed past residents include Olafur Eliasson’s The Weather Project and Ai Weiwei’s Sunflower Seeds. The more creative visitor can get involved in the art of the museum through an interactive digital drawing bar, which allows you to create your own design and have it placed instantly on the virtual mosaic wall of visitors’ art. It’s easy to spend many a happy hour here - luckily, there is also an excellent café and restaurant to refuel. Tate Modern is an unmissable experience.

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