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Address: Rendezvous, Margate CT9 1HG, England
Phone Number: 01843 233 000
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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we took out children the Turner to show them something a little more than xbox and TV, but from the children's point of view it was "boring" and "nothing to do"!

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Margate, United Kingdom
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Margate, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

we took out children the Turner to show them something a little more than xbox and TV, but from the children's point of view it was "boring" and "nothing to do"!

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This rather characterless building has dominated the centre of Margate for several years, and while there used to be a tenuous connection with Turner, this has now all but disappeared. What you get instead is a couple of temporary exhibitions, and as always, these can be a bit hit-and-miss. Currently there are three: an installation of cymbals, which you are... More 

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Faversham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

First day of the new exhibition and anyone who loves contemporary art has to see this. The man is a genius. I am fortunate enough to live in Margate and this is an exhibition that I will return to again, it was superb. Maybe not everyone's cup of tea And definitely not for the younger members of our community or... More 

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Whittlesey, null, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We went two days before the Grayson Perry exhibition was due to open and I understand that that part of the gallery was out of bounds but the lack of other art to look at was disappointing to say the least. Also lack of ANYTHING to do with Turner himself was disappointing. I felt like paraphrasing Jeff Goldblum in Jurrasic... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Great that it's free to go in. Magnificent giant lift! Disappointed as to the amount of art on display. What I saw was ok. Sovenier shop expensive but these sort of places usually are. Will go back and see another exhibition to see if I like it more!

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York, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

There was one installation of suspended cymbals and a corridor of photographs, mostly of war torn Mogadishu. The connection with Turner is not just tenuous, it's non existent. Most of the staff seemed to be undertaking advanced studies in non-recognition. In answer to a query from a visitor staying at our hotel I heard an employee reply "We are unique... More 

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Surrey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I have wanted to visit here for some time and today we did and I was very disappointed. We couldn't see any connection to Turner and only after reading that he lived in Margate once was the connection, I was looking forward to seeing some of his paintings, none at all!! Also they are preparing for a Grayson Perry exhibition... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Appears to be under renovation. A visitor on her way out told us about banging the cymbals - otherwise there was nothing to do and no official reception.

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Isle of Thanet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I am a local resident and have visited all the exhibitions here, over the last 3 years - some I like more than others, but there is a consistent care, and a wide range of modern and older artists represented - the spaces are always interesting - this joint is always worth a look! My wife and I stop for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This is well worth a visit. The collection is both visionary and inspirational. The galleries held a lot more than I was expecting, with audio guides available there is no chance you'll get lost, or miss out on the whole experience. Entry is free, and there is a great adjoining cafe to reflect on your visit.

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