Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG
A visit to London isn't complete without a trip to Tate Modern.
Tate Modern is Britain's national museum of modern and contemporary art from around the world and is housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the Thames in central London. It is the most-visited modern art gallery in the world, with around 4.7 million visitors per year.
It's hard to miss this surprisingly elegant former power station on the side of the river, which is fortunate as the tremendous Tate Modern really shouldn't be missed. Focussing on modern art in all its wacky and wonderful permutations, it's been extraordinarily successful in bringing challenging work to the masses, becoming one of London's most popular attractions.
The collections in Tate Modern consist of works of international modern and contemporary art dating from 1900 until today. The awe-inspiring Turbine Hall runs the length of the entire building and you can see amazing work for free by artists such as Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois.
The Tate Collection is on display on levels three and five of the building, while level four houses large temporary exhibitions and a small exhibition space on level two.
Things to do on a visit to Tate Modern
The Interactive Zone on the level 5 concourse at Tate Modern is bursting with ideas and activities to help you get to know more about twentieth-century art and artists. As well as taking in the art history timelines on the walls (illustrated by Sara Fanelli) you can:
- enjoy a range of hands-on games
- watch films relating to the art on display at Tate Modern
- explore interactive multimedia experiences
- read books about art.
Take in the free collection displays at Tate Modern
Free daily guided tours
Take a free tour of the collection displays with our expert guides
Get more from exhibitions and the collection displays with multimedia and audioguides
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