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Tate Modern, London

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#10 of 222 in Museums in London
Tate Modern is one of the world's vanguards of modern and contemporary art. Installations and exhibits here change periodically, so check to see what's on display before you visit. Past installations have included a giant tuba hanging from the ceiling and diatribes playing through speakers. You'll also encounter art that's more historical, yet still modern. The Poetry and Dream gallery contains Surrealist works, Structure and Dream presents abstract art, and Energy and Process focuses on Arte Povera--a radical modern art movement that took place in Italy from 1967-1972. To learn more about the galleries' highlights, take one of the daily free tours lasting about 45 minutes. Take a look at our London holiday planner to schedule your visit to Tate Modern and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • My daughter was skeptical when we told her we'd visit a museum, but after a short while she loved it. It may help going to the 10th floor (roof floor) first, as it offers splendid 360° views of London...  more »
  • Maybe it's not my area but honestly worth 1000 x visit a traditional art gallery. Nothing there to me is worth as art.
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  • Venturing once again into the Centre of London, during the Summer? Months I went to the Tate Modern. Set on the South Bank, the Tate Modern is a striking building, renovated from an old Power Station....  more »
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  • Can't rate this place high enough, I've seen some of the comments & ok cafe prices may be high/not best quality service...but it's an art gallery. It's a gallery where you can enjoy the most diverse & amazing art for hours for FREE! Of course there are a few more that you need to pay for but honestly you can have an awesome day out, take a packed lunch, pop outside find a cafe/have a coffee & pop back in again. Great new & though provoking pieces in the new part & obviously the turbine room - free. You do not have to spend anything apart from a donation for the map which if you're not going to any paid exhibitions, is well worth at least a fiver but they only ask £1. Always a favourite of mine. Well worth a visit. If you don't like the cafe, go somewhere else for you breaks. On a par with the national history museum but just a little higher & maybe not so much for the very young children. That do a great job, it's a great location which is improving all the time. 5 ☆'s + from me
  • Went to see the "SOUL OF A NATION" Art in the age of Black Power. I really loved this event. Truly love the work of Barkley L Hendricks. This man truly knows how to celebrate the black female form. And believe me to paint and to admire the black women is not something that you see often. I don't understand why Andy Warhol was there. Yes that was a nice picture of Ali the boxer, but if you are going to include British works then surely you should use a Black British artist as well, as the work of Black British artists are never given a platform. Would strongly recommend that you go and see this exhibition. It's a lovely mix of styles with one story to tell.
  • My husband and I went to see the Soul of a Nation. Art in the Age of Black Power exhibition, recommended by our daughter. I'm African Caribbean, British born and he is Welsh. We both throughly enjoyed it, it was Educational, Inspirational and Emotional. Thank you Tate Museum for putting on this exhibition. The story of the African American fight for racial equality shown through the eyes of black artists and art history. Mrs C. Jones
  • At the top of this building there is an exhibition depicting well off Londoners showcasing their design preferences by purchases of low modern couches and sleek tables to match the timber flooring and large glass spaces. It is interesting how each Londoner deals with each identical space suggesting people's will to be unique by imposing first impressions to their dinner guests. Occasional flutters of life sprinkles through the seemingly uninhabited flats. Great exhibition a must go
  • Huge museum (converted old power station) along the river is a fun stop. Give yourself couple hours to allow ample time to reflect on the sometimes bizarre artworks. Takes first 20 mins just letting yourself warm up and relax enough to absorb the visual effects. Free entry gives you option to come and go as you please but there are crowds to fight.

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