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Tate Modern

Bankside, London SE1 9TG, England (Waterloo / South Bank / Southwark)
020 7887 8888
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Ranked #245 of 1,134 Attractions in London
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Type: Art Museums
Activities: Dining, Walking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: The Tate Modern is one of the most intriguing and interesting museums in the world.  It is a must see, both for its setting (along the Thames... more »
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Awesome art. We really enjoyed the curatorial choices, starting with the first level, surrealists, actually floor 2, Picasso, Kandinski, Salvador Dali, starting with smaller canvases, moving up to the next floor with Rothko, with huge pieces, and ending on the next floor with smaller pieces again, Picasso, Bracques, and photographs by Maplethorpe. Amazing collection, but very busy on Saturday afternoon.... More

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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Thought it was a typical modern museum, but the interior space surprised me. Like the modern design and the interactive drawing board for visitors to doodle. The cafe on the top of the building is quiet and nice with a huge window facing the river. Great view while you enjoy a cup of coffee. The cafe on the ground floor... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Well, just remember it is the Tate MODERN Gallery and you will be fine. A lot of Picasso pieces are here, and that is wonderful, along with quite a few other modern masters. However, there are also some head scratchers. I came home wanting to make some of my own art. I think I can do equally well.

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San Francisco, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

The Tate Modern is a great museum by all standards, it's got a world class selection of art on view to the public for free. I saw many pieces I've never seen before even in text books. I've studied at history my whole life and I'm always pleased when I see new stuff. It's nice to see stuff I know... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Just been on one of the free tours. Really informative. I'm not big into art but found useful. Decent collection of modern art. Coffee & water prudes reasonable for London.

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Victoria, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Having visited a lot of museums, and my love of the MONA modern museum in Hobart Tasmania Australia made me want to visit TATE. I felt it was a little dull and boring myself, others may disagree. Lacked a lot of featured works to hold my interest personally.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

I entered here expecting to be wowed by the art. It failed to meet my expectations. It was like I was trapped in a depressive state and every room I went in was focused on the sad and sorry state of modern society. The building however was a highlight for me and the entrance area was grand. If you only... More

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

You may value modern art or not depending on your politics. Traditional art is socially conservative, while the social marxist prefers modern art. One seeks the beauty in life and intends to inspire, the other seeks ugliness and hopes to drag you down. Much work here is clearly the product of mental illness, some of it is childish, some perverted,... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I will start by saying I am not a true appreciator of modern art but do like to take a walk through and try to understand what is considered art. The Tate Modern is a glorious old building morphed into a glorious modern building with that amazing entry hall. Go just to see the building if you are not an... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The Tate - beyond the contemporary art it exhibits - is an incredible building. It's an old plant factory, with enormous space. Wander in the museum and take you time to look at the building. Then go outside on the balcony overlooking the River Thames and you enjoy great views on London skyline (particularly at sunset).

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