Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG


Time: From 10.00am

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Phone: 0207 887 8888

Entry Price: Free

800m from Waterloo East

600m from Southwark

The Tate Modern is one of four current Tate art galleries in the UK. It is situated at Bankside, by the River Thames in London, whilst the other three galleries are at Millbank, also in London, Liverpool and St Ives. There is also an online gallery.

The galleries originated from the art collection that was left to the nation by sugar refiner Henry Tate. This was housed at the site of the former prison at Millbank as there was no spare room at the National Gallery. The Millbank gallery also displayed work by British artists.

Following the opening of the provincial galleries in Liverpool in 1988 and St Ives in 1993, the Tate trustees decided to open a gallery for modern and contemporary art in London, this as the other galleries were expanding and reaching capacity. The site chosen was the former Bankside Power Station, built in two phases between 1947 and 1963 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. It contained a Turbine Hall which was 152 metres long and 35 metres high, a boiler house and a 325ft tall chimney. The Power Station closed in 1981.

In 1995, Swiss architects Herzog and De Meuron were recruited to redesign it and turned the Turbine Hall, which once housed the electricity generators, into the main entrance and the boiler house into the galleries. The Tate Modern, as it was called, opened in 2000 and has seven floors.

British and international modern art is on display from 1900 onwards and the displays often change.

The gallery is the most popular modern art gallery in the world as well as being one of the top three tourist attractions in the UK. It attracts around 5 million visitors a year, gives free entry and from reputation alone, has to be one of the London must sees.

The images below form only part of the exhibits on show and displays can often change.

Click on the pics below for an enlarged view and use the arrow towards the right edge of each pic to go on to the next.