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Tate Modern

Tate Modern is the national gallery of international modern art. Located in London, it is one of the family of four Tate galleries which display selections from the Tate Collection. The Collection comprises the national collection of British art from the year 1500 to the present day, and of international modern art. The other three galleries are Tate Britain, also in London, Tate Liverpool, in the north-west, and Tate St Ives, in Cornwall, in the south-west. The entire Tate Collection is available online.
Created in the year 2000 from a disused power station in the heart of London, Tate Modern displays the national collection of international modern art. This is defined as art since 1900. International painting pre-1900 is found at the National Gallery, and sculpture at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Tate Modern includes modern British art where it contributes to the story of modern art, so major modern British artists may be found at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain.
Tate Modern celebrates it's 5th birthday with a celebratory publication, including essays by the writers Martin Gayford, John Holden, Rowan Moore, Rt Hon Chris Smith, Jon Snow and Tony Travers and includes a reprint of a poem by James Fenton written on the occasion of the opening of Tate Modern.
The Collection
The Tate collection of modern and contemporary art represents all the major movements from Fauvism on. It includes important masterpieces by both Picasso and Matisse and one of the world's finest museum collections of Surrealism, including works by Dalí, Ernst, Magritte and Mirò. Its substantial holdings of American Abstract Expressionism include major works by Pollock as... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection


Tate Modern has rehung its collections displays for the first time since the gallery opened. The new displays consist of four wings located on Levels 3 and 5. At the heart of each wing is a large central display, or ‘hub’, which focuses on a key period in the development of twentieth century art. These four seminal periods are Surrealism, Minimalism, Post-war innovations in abstraction and figuration, and the three linked movements Cubism, Futurism and Vorticism. Around these ‘hubs’ a diverse range of related displays present works which anticipated, challenged or responded to these four major movements. Moving back and forwards in time, these displays reflect the ongoing dialogue between past and present and suggest contemporary perspectives for approaching and reassessing the past.


Restaurant Commission: James Aldridge Cold Mouth Prayer
18 August 2007 – 18 August 2009

Juan Muñoz A Retrospective
24 January – 27 April 2008

Maison Tropicale for Design Museum at Tate Modern
5 February – 13 April 2008

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia
21 February – 26 May 2008

Level 2 Gallery: Here We Dance
14 March – 26 May 2008

Previous Exhibitions

Level 2 Gallery: Illuminations
14 December 2007 – 24 February 2008

The World as a Stage
24 October 2007 – 1 January 2008

Louise Bourgeois
10 October 2007 – 20 January 2008

The Unilever Series: Doris Salcedo: Shibboleth
9 October 2007 – 6 April 2008

Level 2 Gallery: The Irresistible Force
20 September – 25 November 2007

Level 2 Gallery: Artist Platform - Matei Bejeranu
8 September – 9 September 2007

Claire Harvey: Easily-removable
20 July 2007 – 2 March 2008

Global Cities
20 June – 27 August 2007

Level 2 Gallery: Learn to Read
19 June – 2 September 2007

Hélio Oiticica: The Body of Colour
6 June – 23 September 2007

Dalí at Tate Modern
1 June – 9 September 2007

UBS Openings: Drawings From The UBS Art Collection
4 May – 11 November 2007

Level 2 Gallery: The Artist's Dining Room
2 March – 4 June 2007

Amrita Sher-Gil
28 February – 22 April 2007

Gilbert & George: Major Exhibition
15 February – 7 May 2007

Sliding Doors: Recent Contemporary Acquisitions
16 December 2006 – 22 April 2007

Level 2 Gallery: Media Burn
16 December 2006 – 18 February 2007

Maverick Arts Project
20 November 2006 – 28 February 2007

In Focus: Living History
11 November 2006 – 28 January 2007

David Smith: A Centennial
1 November 2006 – 21 January 2007

Fischli & Weiss: Flowers & Questions. A Retrospective
11 October 2006 – 14 January 2007

The Unilever Series: Carsten Höller: Test Site
10 October 2006 – 15 April 2007

Level 2 Gallery: Rings of Saturn
30 September – 3 December 20...+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (16)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Sign and Texture
5 May – 19 October 2008

Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography
22 May – 31 August 2008

Street Art
23 May – 25 August 2008

Cy Twombly: Cycles and Seasons
19 June – 14 September 2008

26 September 2008 – 1 February 2009

Cildo Meireles
14 October 2008 – 11 January 2009

The Unilever Series: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
14 October 2008 – 13 April 2009


Admission to the gallery is free, but donations from visitors are needed to support the gallery's work. You can also help by visiting the Shops, Café and restaurant or by joining Tate Members.

Opening hours

Sunday – Thursday, 10.00–18.00
Friday and Saturday, 10.00–22.00
Last admission into exhibitions 17.15 (Friday and Saturday 21.15)

Saturday 23 December, close at 18.00
Closed 24, 25 and 26 December (open as normal on 1 January).

Getting there

Tate Modern is located on the south bank of the River Thames at Bankside, near Blackfriars Bridge, opposite St Paul's Cathedral and next to the Globe Theatre.

By boat: Tate boat runs every forty minutes along the Thames between Tate Britain, the London Eye and Tate Modern.

By Underground: Southwark (Jubilee Line) and Blackfriars (District and Circle Lines) are the closest underground stations both of which are approximately ten minutes walk away.
By bus: A number of buses service the area, including:

Runs between the Tower of London, Tate Modern and Covent Garden

Streatham Hill to King's Cross via Holborn Circus stopping on Blackfriars Bridge Road

Crystal Palace to King's Cross via Farringdon Road stopping on Blackfriars Bridge Road

Elephant and castle to Shadwell stopping on Blackfriars Bridge Road

Peckham to Waterloo stopping on Southwark Street

Clapham Junction to Liverpool Street Station stopping on Southwark Bridge Road

By train: Thameslink links between Bedford and Brighton stop at Blackfriars and London Bridge stations. London Bridge also carries a service to South East London and Kent.
By ferry: Ferry service from Embankment or Festival Pier to Bankside.
By taxi or Dial-a-Ride: If arriving by taxi or Dial-a-Ride please ask the driver to take you to the West Entrance on Holland Street.
By car: Public transport is the easiest way of reaching the gallery as parking at Tate Modern is severely restricted in the surrounding streets. Nine parking spaces for visitors with mobility impairments are available only by booking in advance on +44 (0) 20 7887 8888. These car parking spaces are situated in Holland S...+ [ Read all ]


Entrances to the gallery

There are two entrances to the gallery:

The River Entrance is situated either side of the chimney and is reached via the river walkway. Access is directly to Level 2 from which there are lifts and staircase to all floors.

The Main Entrance to Tate Modern is on Holland Street. Entry to the gallery is via a ramp which extends down into the Turbine Hall and Level 1. A flight of steps with a handrail runs alongside the length of the ramp. Access to the rest of the gallery is via escalator, lift and a staircase to all floors.
Entry for wheelchairs, prams, and buggies is via the River Entrance or via the Café Entrance situated next to the Main Entrance ramp.


Guide Dogs
Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for the deaf are welcome.
Parking and Wheelchair Facilities
Ten wheelchairs are available on request for use by visitors. To book a wheelchair or a disabled car parking space contact Tate Ticketing on +44(0) 20 7887 8888 or email
Tickets for Special Exhibitions
Disabled visitors can buy concessionary tickets for special exhibitions and if they are accompanied their escort may enter free. Concessionary rates also apply to Senior Citizens, ES40 card-holders and students in full-time education.
Benches can be found in a number of galleries. Additional seating is provided in the Turbine Hall and concourses and in the surrounding landscape. Viewing stools can be picked up from the concourses on levels 3, 4 and 5.
Card and Cash pay phones are situated on levels 1 and 2 under the staircase.
Toilets and Cloakrooms
Fully accessible toilets are located on each floor. The cloakroom i...+ [ Read all ]

Museum internal and external photos (7)

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Tate Modern has extensive and innovative interpretation, education and events programmes. Interpretation begins with texts in each room about the display and a caption for each work. Captions can be read online in Collection. There is an audioguide, with contributions from artists and critics, and a children's version. Samples of the audio guide can be accessed online under Explore Tate Modern. There is also an award-winning Multimedia Tour, which you can also try out online.
Around the galleries there are dedicated Reading Spaces, where you can relax while finding out more about the art on view, or you can drop into the Clore Information Room to watch artists' videos or to browse the bookshelves. There is a wide range of talks, lectures, free and paid-for gallery tours, symposia, seminars, courses and workshops, as well as film, music, performance, schools, family and community programmes and online events. For details of all programmes go to Events and Education. Online at:


There are special admission rates to major exhibitions and talks and tours for groups. If you would like to make a group visit, please ring Tate Ticketing on +44 (0) 20 7887 3959, or email
School groups are very welcome at all four Tate galleries, and there is discounted entry to many of Tate's exhibitions. However, all groups must book ahead. Here you can find out how to book a visit to the galleries, read information on Tate-led sessions and learn about Tate's programmes for schools and teachers.
Tate’s vast collection of historic, modern and contemporary art features work by Pablo Picasso, William Blake, JMW Turner, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and many others. We believe teachers and their pupils should have the opportunity to experience these incredible artworks firsthand.
Through gallery tours, free workshops and lively talks led by artists and gallery educators, pupils can explore their own responses to art works and increase their understanding of British and international art.
Supporting the Art and Design National Curriculum, encouraging cross-curricular work and building key skills, our programmes aim to:
Use personal experience as a starting point to engage with art
Develop critical, conceptual and analytical skills
Use discussion and debate to share ideas
Develop knowledge and understanding to inspire practical activities


Tate Modern offers a range of activities for children and adults to explore together. These include any-time activities for families with children, plus drop-in and ticketed special activities for weekends and school holidays.
You can book for any ticketed events by calling 020 7887 8888.


Corporate Membership with Tate offers outstanding entertaining opportunities, popular employee benefits, and enviable special access to Tate galleries and facilities. The funds raised through Corporate Membership help Tate to extend its programme in access, education, research, visitor information and conservation.
We are very grateful to our Current Corporate Members.
Please contact us for information on Corporate Membership:

Tate Britain and Tate Modern: 020 7887 8744 or

Tate Liverpool: 0151 702 7431

"The office talks had a fantastic response, we had wonderful feedback from staff who felt really privileged to have had such an opportunity in the workplace. They provide a source of enjoyment and interest whilst also being really good social events"
- Bella Beattie, Deutsche Bank

"What surprised me about Tate Britain was the versatility it can provide as a venue. We used the museum in the spring when the Music Sound Foundation (an independent charity established by EMI) hosted a reception that included drama, dance and musical performances by 250 school children in many of the galleries.
It really was inspiring.."
- Kate Dunning, EMI


Tate offers one of the world's most varied and ground-breaking exhibition and learning programmes across its four gallery sites and on-line. Sponsorship opportunities range from the historic classic to international modern to cutting edge contemporary at all four galleries. Tate attracts an average 5 million people each year to the galleries and almost 4 million further unique visitors to Tate Online. Our core visitor base is of 25-45 year-old ABC1's. 50% visitors are from London/SE with 30% visitors from abroad.*

* Source: MEW research, Spring 2004

A Tate sponsorship provides opportunities for companies to:
Ccommunicate to Tate's audience, and target specific audiences via individual exhibitions
Align with the innovative, market-leading Tate art brand
Leverage marketing, promotional and PR campaigns including national press
Provide entertaining and networking via Tate and client events
Involve employees , their friends and family with the gallery and exhibition activity
We look to work closely with corporate partners to create tailored sponsorship offers that meet the sponsor's objectives, including regional targeting through Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives.
Please call Emily Droy, New Business Manager on 020 7887 8744 or email for further information.
"Our sponsorship of Edward Hopper gave us a fantastic opportunity to align American Airlines with the powerful Tate brand. The huge success of the show and the strength of the brand association has helped us to raise our profile within the UK market, particularly to a core ABC1 audience as well as providing a range of promotions and entertainment opportunities for our existing cu...+ [ Read all ]

Venue hire

The Tate Modern Restaurant, East Room and Members Room are now available to all companies for dinners, reception and meetings.
Level 7 offers versatile event spaces with stunning panoramas across London and access for guests is via the newly redesigned River Entrance, directly facing the Millennium Bridge.
Other entertaining spaces within the gallery, and access to a private view, is reserved for Corporate Members and sponsors.
For more information, please contact the Corporate Events team on 020 7887 8689 or
The East Room

The East Room is a flexible and dramatic space which can be used for daytime events, as well as breakfasts, lunches, dinners and evening receptions. With its sheer glass walls on three sides of the room, it is both spacious and light, giving your guests incredible views across the Thames.

During the day the East Room is an entirely private space ideal for training days, seminars and presentations.

Daytime events for up to 100 guests
Breakfast/ dinner/ lunch for up to 100 guests
Drinks reception for up to 150 guests

Members Room

The popular Members Room on Level 6 has an exclusive balcony to the north and south sides of the building. Like the East Room and Tate Modern Restaurant, the Members Room boasts unrivalled views of the City skyline. The Members Room is ideal for a breakfast event or evening reception for up to 130 guests

The Tate Modern Restaurant

The Tate Modern Restaurant offers the opportunity to entertain clients and staff in a versatile space with spectacular views over the City. The Restaurant boasts a specially commissioned artwork, designed specifically for the space.

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