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Address: Porthmeor Beach, St Ives TR26 1TG, England
Phone Number: 01736 796226
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Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: International Modern and Contemporary ArtOpen March – OctoberDaily...
International Modern and Contemporary ArtOpen March – OctoberDaily 10.00–17.20, last admission 17.00Open November – FebruaryTuesday – Sunday 10.00–16.20, last admission 16.00Closed 24, 25 and 26 December
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Great intro to modern art

Not knowing much about modern art I was really surprised how good this museum was. It will be even better when the extension is done. We did this and Barbara Hepworth and really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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North Petherton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The gallery isn't huge but didn't need to be. I loved nearly all the exhibits currently on show, an amazing series of photographs of derelict beach huts (yes, it was really great), light installations and an intriguing room full of ribbons with our wishes on them. It is also clever to have several different exhibitions going on, so when one... More 

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Not knowing much about modern art I was really surprised how good this museum was. It will be even better when the extension is done. We did this and Barbara Hepworth and really loved both.

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Portishead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Only used the cafe as we felt the admission charges were to high. Good coffee and selection of food, friendly staff. Exhibits that were on view to the non-payer were interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

After many days on the beach we decided to coffee at the cafe. Not disappointed by the views! Children enjoyed viewing the beach. Can imagine people spend a peaceful coffee viewing and reading up here but not with small children!, Agree prices were pricey for size of drinks and £3 for a scone.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

An innovative building (on the circular footprint of an old gas works) with stunning views over Porthmeor beach on the seaward side. The extraordinary light in St Ives allows the gallery to display ever-changing exhibitions, there is no permanent collection. It's different every visit!

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Pewsey, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Too expensive, too few exhibits, too many patronising staff, too kid unfriendly. Toilets a disgrace. Great building, architecture and views but not worth the money.

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TateStIves, Visitor Experience Manager at Tate Gallery St. Ives, responded to this review

I am sorry that you had a disappointing visit to the gallery, but am glad you enjoyed the building and views from the Café. At this time of year we have a cleaning team working double shifts to keep our facilities operational, but as visitor numbers are so high, this may not have appeared the case. Our exhibitions change on... More 

Haverhill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Visited St Ives specifically to visit Tate and Barbara Hepworth exhibition. Great displays in Tate. Nice warm welcome by friendly staff. Good facilities and cafe/restaurant on top floor. Nice views from windows of beach and surfers!

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Glastonbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The Rooftop Cafe in the museum is a must if you visit St Ives. The food is excellent and reasonable (£6 kids menu for main+ice cream+drink). However, the views are just stunning. You don't have to have paid for the museum to get in to use the Cafe; just take the lift up to the top. However, even if modern... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We were expecting this to be free like the London equivalent, it wasn't - it was hugely overpriced for what it was. A couple of small exhibits, patrolled by staff who would give 'Mrs Trunchball' a run for her money in child friendliness. Having had the words 'don't touch the exhibits' barked at my kids countless times - when they... More 

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TateStIves, Visitor Experience Manager at Tate Gallery St. Ives, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and I'm sorry your visit did not live up to expectations. We differ from other Tate galleries as we do not have a free permanent collection, instead offering changing exhibitions, which in line with other Tates, charge admission. Customer care is important to us and as such we do have a strong training programme for... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We visit the Tate every time we go to St.Ives. There is always something new & interesting to see. all my favorite artists are from Cornwall & its awesome to see there work first hand. The staff are very friendly & helpful. Access & facility's are good, the food from the cafe there is great. I also love the little... More 

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