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Tate Modern

Location: London, England

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7887 8888
Admission: Free
Hours: Sun-Thur: 10-6; Fri-Sat: 10-10 Background:
Closed Tues The Tate Modern in London is Britain's national museum
Website: of international modern art and is considered to be one of
the world's top collections along with New York's MoMA
Getting There: and the Guggenheim. The collections at the Tate Modern
Tube Stations: Southwark or Blackfriars consist of works of international modern and
contemporary art dating from 1900 onwards. The
Tate Boat: Board from Tate Britian Museum or London Eye
permanent collection is on display on levels three and five
Local Area Summary: of the building, while level four houses large temporary
The Tate Modern Museum is located on the picturesque exhibitions and a small exhibition space on level two
South Bank of the Thames River, in one of London's oldest houses work by contemporary artists. The Tate Modern
historical areas. Formerly, the local area was home to many opened in 2000.
distilleries, breweries, and wharves. In present day, much of
the industrial activity has diminished yet many of the
alleyways, factories, and slums still remain today. The Top 10 Must See Sights
modern Millenium Bridge (pedestrian only) connects the Turbine Hall - The enormous and architecturally impressive main hall
museum with the city of London via St Paul's Cathedral. of the Tate Modern that reveals the industrial roots of the museum
Shakespeare's Globe Theater is a nearby 5 min walk from that was formerly a power station built in the 1930s. This hall used to
the Tate Modern. house the power station's huge turbine electricity generators.
Convenience Tips
•Avoid visiting the Tate Modern on the weekends when it's the Material Gestures Collection - This focuses on abstraction,
busiest. Recommend: Visiting during the weekdays or on Fri and expressionism and abstract expressionism, featuring work by Claude
Sat evenings when it's open until 10pm. Monet, Anish Kapoor, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Henri Matisse
and Tacita Dean.
•Allow yourself at least 2 hours to cover this museum.

•Take advantage of the Tate to Tate passenger boat that runs every Claude Monet - A founder of French impressionist painting, and the
40 minutes between the Tate Modern Museum and the Tate Britian most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy
Museum. It offers a 20 min scenic ride along the Thames River. It of expressing one's perceptions before nature.
also makes a stop at the famous London Eye.
Henri Matisse - A French artist, known for his use of color and his
•For a great 10 min scenic walk to the Museum, take the Tube to fluid and original draftsmanship.
the Blackfriars station. Then walk across the Thames River on the
breathtaking Millenium Bridge (pedestrians only) which links St
Salvador Dali - A prominent Spanish surrealist painter born in
Pauls Cathedral to the Tate Modern.
Figueres, Spain, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his
•The Tate Modern offers free guided tours at 11am, 12am, 2pm, & work.
3pm. Inquire at the front desk.
Pablo Picasso - A Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor, best
•The Tate Modern offers private paid tours for two around the known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety
highlights of their permanent collection or a special exhibition of of styles embodied in his work.
your choice.
Andy Warhol - An American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker who
•The Tate Modern's permanent collection occupies only 2 of the
museum's 7 floors. All other art displays are temporary exhibits that
was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.
are constantly being rotated through other museums.
Recommend: For art lovers, check the museum's website in Mark Rothko - A Russian-born American painter known for his
advance for info on the latest art exhibits on display. abstract impressionist paintings.

•The museum offers a Multimedia Guide, on a PDA, for a unique Francis Bacon - An Anglo-Irish figurative painter known for his bold,
insight to the art on display with artist interviews, interactive games austere, graphic and often tortured imagery. Bacon's abstract figures
and art-inspired music. Inquire at the front desk. typically appear isolated in glass or steel geometrical cages set
against flat, nondescript backgrounds.
•The museum offers applications for your mobile device to help you
explore around. Log on to their free WiFi to access this.
The Crack - The 548ft long crack in the concrete floor of the main hall
•The Tate Restaurant (Level 7) is open for morning coffee, lunch, that is actually an art exhibit by Doris Salcedo, addressing a long
afternoon tea every day and for dinner on Fri and Sat. It offers a legacy of racism and colonialism in the modern world.
stunning view of the Thames River. Recommend: Calling to
reserve a table because it gets extremely busy.

•The cafe on Level 2 offers offers a good place to grab a quick,

small snack. There is also an expresso bar on Level 4 and a Ground
Updated Aug 2010
Floor cafe that serves breakfast. Your free online visiting guides for museums all over the world!