Short guide to the Tate Modern gallery

Turbine Hall exhibition Loz Flowers/Flickr

Turbine Hall exhibition ©Loz Flowers/Flickr

You surely know that the United Kingdom is home to a large number of world renowned museums and art galleries. This country is a great destination for the lovers of art and culture. The capital city itself gives home to tens of museums and art galleries. The British Museum, the National Gallery, the Natural History Museum and the Tate Modern are just some of the most visited museums of London.

If you are attracted by modern art, planning a visit to London, I recommend you to visit the Tate Modern. It is the most significant modern art gallery of the United Kingdom, attracting almost 5 million visitors per year. Do you need some useful info relating to the gallery? If you do, read the following short guide to the Tate Modern gallery!

General info

The Tate Modern is considered to be the world’s most visited modern art gallery. The fantastic gallery is located in the former Bankside Power Station, in London’s Bankside area (in the Borough of Southwark). The Tate Modern houses the British national collection of modern art dating from 1500 to the present day. Besides, it also houses works of international modern and contemporary art.

Tate Modern dbaron/Flickr

Tate Modern ©dbaron/Flickr


The gallery has totally 7 floors. The main collection occupies 4 floors. Each floor has a named theme or subject. The collection exhibitions are the following: “Poetry and Dream”, “Structure and Clarity”, “Energy and Process”, “Transformed Visions” and “Setting the Scene”. There are also displayed temporary collections. The main hall for these collections is the Turbine Hall.

Turbine Hall exhibition Loz Flowers/Flickr

Turbine Hall exhibition ©Loz Flowers/Flickr


As for the facilities of the gallery, the Tate Modern includes a large performance hall, a seminar room, a Starr Auditorium, the Clore Education Centre, several shops, a restaurant, a bar, a café and an espresso bar.


As for the access, the closest station to the Tate Modern is the Blackfriars. Other nearby stations are: Mansion House, Southwark and St. Paul’s. The lampposts between Tate Modern and Southwark tube station are painted orange in order to show pedestrians the route. There are numerous bus lines which serve the route to Tate Modern. Underground and rail services also serve routes to the gallery, not to mention the Bankside Pier which is a riverboat pier.

Tate Modern, Turbine Hall

Tate Modern, Turbine Hall ©

Opening hours

A great thing about the Tate Modern is that the entry is free. The gallery is open Sunday to Thursday from 10:00 to 18:00 and Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 to 22:00. It is closed on 24, 25 and 26 December but opens on 1 January. (January 2014)

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