Tate Modern

Tate Modern, London: Hours, Address, Tate Modern Reviews: 4/5

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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 globe, and the world’s most visited contemporary art gallery. Housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the Thames, the awe-inspiring Turbine Hall is the dramatic setting for new art commissions. The collection is free to visit and you can see great works of art from Louise Bourgeois, Yayoi Kusama, Henri Matisse, Cornelia Parker, Pablo Picasso, and Mark Rothko – to name a few.
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Southwark
Even before the arrival of the instantly iconic Shard, the riverside scene in Southwark had moved well beyond any up-and-coming phase of development. For quite some time, locals and out-of-towners alike have loved browsing the boutiques of Bermondsey High Street, foraging through the bounteous stalls at centuries old foodie haven Borough Market, and flocking to the banks of the Thames to enjoy some of Britain's biggest attractions such as Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe. Despite Southwark's many popular draws, instant calm can be achieved easily by turning down almost any side street. For more urban buzz, a quick stroll across famed bridges like the pedestrianized Millennium Bridge or the ever photogenic Tower Bridge yields access to the very core of Central London. And with London Bridge Station as this neighbourhood's main transportation hub, getting across town (or to anywhere in England for that matter) is a relative breeze.
How to get there
  • Blackfriars • 7 min walk
  • Southwark • 7 min walk
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Elina Michaelidou
London, UK397 contributions
Oct 2021
We visited Tate Modern in the past and this time we were here for the Infinity Mirror Rooms Exhibitions. The exhibition was interesting and not that expensive (compared to other exhibitions in London).

I read online that you should save up a couple of hours for that and I thought that it would be a series of mirror rooms to get into, but in reality, it was just two rooms where you were only allowed inside for 2-3 minutes. The rest of the time was spent queuing to get in. We waited for about 30 minutes to get in the first room where 3 people were allowed at a time and about 15-20 minutes for the second room where it was 5 people at a time.

I am not saying that here to discourage people from visiting. I understand that something needs to be done to accommodate the number of people who want to see the exhibition while preserving the unique experience of the place.

Despite that, the rooms were really mesmerising and well worth the waiting (and the hunt to get a ticket).
Written 13 January 2022
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Joan
13 contributions
Jan 2022
Excellent museum to visit. Great Exhibitions and well laid out floors with clear signage. Good social distancing.
Written 9 January 2022
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mark b
9 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Terrible, oppressive, no art, really, this is a dreadful place.
I went a couple of years ago, thought I'd had an off day so visited with my Dutch wife today.
Australian art, weird cartoons, screeching sounds..
We were seriously unimpressed. At least the coffee was good!
Written 7 January 2022
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Tara
Atlanta, GA1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
I came to TA to look at the reviews. My 16 year old daughter and I went today after reading many positive reviews on travel blogs. Should’ve looked at TA first. What a letdown! We were so underwhelmed. We kept saying “ok where’s the good stuff. Must be on the next floor” then nope. I’m still wondering if we missed a chunk of it because what we saw was so…meh. There were a few cool pieces but overall a completely forgettable museum experience. It is close to Shakespeare’s Globe, South Bank, Borough Market, and Tower Bridge, however, so that was fortunate. We enjoyed our time meandering through those places.
Written 27 December 2021
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Glass half full
London, UK127 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Tate Modern in Bankside was disappointing. It is a cavernous space over many floors, most seem to be closed (especially the tower) and those that do have items are very uninspiring. The main hall had a few floating air balloons and nothing else. My artistic teenage daughter felt that she could do better than most of the “art” and I agreed. Many of the descriptions were unintelligible. We hunted though the rooms looking for anything impressive but eventually gave up and left. The only thing it was good for was avoiding a rain shower.

Avoid.
Written 22 December 2021
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Elenaaaak
London, UK4 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Came to visit the yayoi exhibition and unfortunately my coat had slightly fallen in to the water which I 100% agree is my error. As it was on my back it had fallen in abit in the water ( infinity room) seconds after this happened a person who worked there, a elderly man started shouting GET OUT continuously instead of even asking what happened or helping?
Instead he shouted get out and said “ get out I have to clean this now because of you” so bizzare how a place like rate modem hires rude old people who clearly hate there job. This guy was the rudest guy I’ve ever come across in my whole life. My coat fell in.. He made me feel so uncomfortable and upset.
Not to mention how short and unhelpful the staff are.
There was one girl who was working at the yayoi merchandise area and was very helpful and actually sympathised with me and my incident and offered me two bags to help out my bag in something.

Overall, the old man who works there needs to be sacked because I don’t think it’s acceptable to shout get out so many times, and then continue to complain he has to clean. Clearly doesn’t Enjoy his job.
Don’t waste your time going to this awful museum. Rude rude people
Written 18 December 2021
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Siuuuuuu
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
It’s just a bunch of random shapes and colours. Some of the “art pieces” are just blank canvasses. Some of the “art pieces” could be done by a 3 year old. I don’t get it at all
Written 13 December 2021
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Rosemarie B
San Juan, Puerto Rico60 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
We were eager to visit this museum because we enjoy contemporary and modern art. Some of the paintings were not in the museum and we thought the main exhibition was small.
Written 6 December 2021
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lou181818
Bath, UK2,023 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
We aren't into art si haven't visited before. I was interested in the Yayoi Kusama lights exhibition so booked. Good that under 12s were free and tickets for the family then worked out at £25.

Unsure what to expect, the staff weren't informative. We found two queues and joined one. A room with a chandelier. The second room was what we had seen on the advert but wasn't quite what I was expecting. We were in the rooms about 2mins in each. Queues means we were in about 40mins. We had a little look around another floor and concluded it wasn't our thing so quick walk around giftshop and left. The jellyfish in the main entrance were good.

Pleased we've visited. Wouldn't rush back but everyone has different interests.
Written 5 December 2021
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Debby
London, UK7 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
Staff should be trained to be good ambassadors for the gallery and the artists who have entrusted them with their work! Every single person I dealt with was incredibly rude and dismissive. At the entrance the first person didn't speak to me at all and was staying off into space. I asked which floor the exhibition was on and she ignored me. No direction, nothing. At the entrance of the actual exhibition I'd come to see the attendant there flapped her hand in the direction of the entrance as if waving away a fly without making eye contact or acknowledging that I'd greeted her.
The third attendant I encountered said I was unable to look at the first exhibit as you aren't allowed within a metre of it. The whole point of this installation (created specifically for this exhibit) is to look through the viewing holes. I asked how we are meant to view it. She just shrugged and rolled her eyes.
What a disappointing experience instead what ought to have been a pleasurable visit to a world class gallery!
Written 5 December 2021
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