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“Fun spot”

Tate Gallery St. Ives
Ranked #23 of 56 things to do in St Ives
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Tate St Ives will be closed until Friday 31st March 2017. The refurbishment of the existing Tate St Ives building has proved more complex than anticipated. After careful consideration we have decided to continue the building work through the year and we will reopen the refurbished Tate St Ives in March 2017. We will continue work on the new galleries and building over the summer 2017. The fully completed new Tate St Ives, encompassing the existing building and the extension, will open in autumn 2017. The planned exhibition season for summer 2016, The Studio and The Sea will open to the public on Friday 31 March 2017.
Valencia, Spain
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148 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Fun spot”
Reviewed February 24, 2012

Can't say it's a great museum but it was a fun, ironic show and worth the visit. Love the shape of the museum and, of course, the views are magnificient

Visited February 2012
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Overpriced and disappointing”
Reviewed February 23, 2012

I was really looking forward to visiting - I knew there was a charge even though the (way larger Tate in London is free) but I was not expecting it to be so much. We were asked to sign off our tax which is usual - usually it gives some sort of benefit such as free return entry but no, here they want to charge you can extra £1.

Its an interesting building but not that great and from the outside its pretty ugly. The exhibition was dull and the atmosphere stuffy - the worst sort of elitist art show for snobs.

The Barbara Hepworth exhibition near by is way better - you can get a joint ticket with the Tate but I would'nt even waste that much money, just go to the Barbara Hepworth one and get the rest of your art looking at the sea and the sky.

Visited February 2012
4 Thank Philpool
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Very nice building, and great for a cup of coffee!”
Reviewed February 23, 2012

I'm not an art buff, so the art was lost on me. But the building is amazing, and the views of Porthmeor Beach are great.

They have a great coffee shop at the top with fantastic views. Well worth a visit!

Visited February 2012
1 Thank Red_star36
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Brixham, United Kingdom
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199 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2012

St.Ives has always been a center for Art and it is a tribute to the Town that The Tate has endorsed this by providing a superb presence with this fantastic galley.

Visited February 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Didn't live up to expectation”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

I recently visited the Tate whilst on holiday in St Ives. Having loved Tate Liverpool on an earlier visit, I had high expectations but came away disappointed. I appreciate the running costs involved but a ticket price of over £7 for one fairly small exhibition is steep, particularly if the exhibition is not especially good (and this one was not). Would not return to Tate St Ives.

Visited February 2012
5 Thank Reachforthesky
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