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Tate Modern, London

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#10 of 165 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. Plan your visit to Tate Modern and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our London trip generator.
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  • August 21, 2017
    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 »
  • August 21, 2017
    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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  • August 21, 2017
    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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  • A great venue for many reasons. Become a Tate 'friend' and it just gets better. A visit is best focused on a particular exhibition, genre or theme. As with all large galleries there's too much to see in one go. Public transport is best option and there's good access options
  • Nice place to pass some time. Beautiful exhibits and some I just couldn't really understand. The building itself is enough a reason to visit and if you want a nice spot to photograph a cityscape in London it's worth taking the elevator to the top!
  • One of my all time favorite museums. A lot of fun to walk through the galleries, and see refreshing works of modern and contemporary art. Some mixed media, some traditional paint, all with interesting concepts, goals, and statements. A highlight for art lovers in London (and who are just visiting).
  • always packed but if you like modern art this is the place to have a viewing. For me, the building is the star a wonderful use of space in a prime location. Some great views of London for free from the top floor, cannot beaten.
  • Some interesting exhibits and some that just shouldn't be called art. There was little cool air ventilation when I visited on a fairly warm day and it was too stuffy inside. The building is interesting and my highlight was going to the tenth floor viewing platform where you get a lovely view of London.

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