History of Tate Modern Art Gallery
Tate has a long history dating back to 1897 when it was only one site that had a limited number of British artworks. But by 1992, the Tate Trustees decided to open a new and more organised art gallery in London and that was when it was decided to build the Tate Modern, which was intended to feature international modern art. Then later in 1994, a bankside power station building was selected to open the new Tate Modern which was designed by Herzog and De Meuron - two Swiss architects. The building of power station was completed in two intervals during 1947 and 1963. It was later converted into Tate Modern in 2000 and after its opening, the art gallery has been visited by 40+ million people. Later in 2009, further improvement plans were suggested to upgrade the building but the project is still under process.
Things to Do at Tate Modern
- Interactive Activities
- Free Daily Guided Tours
- Multimedia Guides
- Private Tours for Groups
- Wondermind Game
- Open Studio
Tickets and Entry
Entry is free of cost but if you are going to attend a major exhibition then you will have to buy the tickets. The prices of tickets are dependant on the type of exhibition you are going to attend.
The gallery opens from 10:00 am to 6 pm (Sunday to Thursday) and from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm every Friday and Saturday. Last admission is at 5:15 pm from Saturday to Thursday and and 9:15 pm on Fridays. The gallery remains closed on 24th, 25th and 26th of December due to Christmas holidays.
Contact Tate Modern
The gallery can be contacted by sending an email to them, or through a phone call which can be made on the below given contact number.
Contact: +44 20 7887 8888
How to Join Tate Modern
Tate Modern offers a variety of memberships for public and society members. As a member of Tate Modern, you can access the art gallery and all of the exhibitions with priorities. The members of Tate Modern enjoy several other benefits including access to member’s rooms, Tate magazine, bi-monthly guides, fast track entry etc. If you wish to be a member, then please visit this link.
The Tate Modern Art Gallery is located at Bankside, Sumner Street, London SE1 9TG, United Kingdom.
How to Get There
By Southwark Tube Station
The nearest tube station which is located within one mile from the main Tate Modern art gallery is Southwark and it serves Jubilee Line. On leaving the station, head south towards the Cut and take a left turn onto Union street. After 0.1 miles, turn left onto Great Suffolk Street and then after 0.2 miles continue onto Summer Street. After 299 feet, turn right on the same street and after 486 feet, take a left onto park Street then after 482 feet turn left onto New Globe Walk. Then make a left turn onto Bankside after 0.1 miles, turn left onto Millennium Bridge and then take a right turn to stay on Millennium Bridge. The destination will be on your left. For complete maps and directions, please click here!
You can also take bus number 344 to reach Southwark, Southwark BridgeBankside Pier (Stop BC), which is located a few steps away from the Tate Modern Art Gallery.