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Tate Modern

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This spectacular renovation of a mid-20th-century power station is one of the most-visited museums of modern art in the world. Its great permanent collection, which starts in 1900 and ranges from Modern masters like Matisse to the most cutting-edge contemporary artists, is arranged thematically—Landscape, Still Life, and the Nude. Its blockbuster temporary exhibitions showcase the work of individual artists like Gaugin, Roy Lichtenstein, and Gerhard Richter.

Highlights

The vast Turbine Hall is a dramatic entrance point used to showcase big, audacious installations that tend to generate a lot of publicity. Past highlights include Olafur Eliasson's massive glowing sun and Carsten Holler's huge metal slides.

The museum is in the process of rearranging its galleries prior to the opening of an ambitious new extension in 2016, so check the website ahead of time. Not to be missed is the new collection of Rothko murals, originally created for the Seagram building

in New York, and displays devoted to Cy Twombley and the video pioneer Nam June Paik (both on Level 4).

Head to the Restaurant on Level 6 or the Espresso Bar on Level 3 for stunning vistas of the Thames. The view of St. Paul's from the Espresso Bar's balcony is one of the best in London.

Tips

Join a free, 45-minute guided tours. Each covers a different gallery: Poetry and Dream at 11, Structure and Clarity at noon, and Energy and Process at 2. There's also a daily modern art talk at 3.

Levels 2 and 3 include temporary exhibitions, for which there's a charge. The main collection is free. Look for the ever-changing video installations scattered throughout the building.

Take advantage of the Tate to Tate Boat, which takes visitors back and forth between Tate Britain and Tate Modern every 40 minutes.

Private "Tate Tours for Two" can be booked online from £120 to £140, with afternoon tea for an additional £25 or a Champagne dinner or lunch for an additional £100.

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Sight Information

Address:

London, SE1 9TG, England

Phone:

020-7887–8888

Sight Details:

  • Free, charge for special exhibitions
  • Sun.–Thurs. 10–6, Fri. and Sat. 10–10 (last admission to exhibitions 45 min before closing)

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