Tate Modern London

Tate Modern, situated in a former power station on the bank of the River Thames in London presents modern and contemporary art from around the world.

Tate Modern London
across the Millenium Bridge to Tate Modern - London

I recently visited the museum and found it completely different to my expectations.  Entering through the massive glass doors from the bankside you pass the shop (!) and into a huge cavernous area where nothing much at all is happening.

Tate Modern London
Tate Modern - London

Most of the art displays are located on the various levels along the side of the building; some are FREE and some are NOT!! :) I meandered about with no particular destination and although modern art is not really to my taste, there were some fascinating exhibits.

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one of the exhibitions - bizarre

I found this to be totally bizarre; two birds (stuffed one assumes) attached to the wall by arrows that pierce their bodies, hanging in death above the sketched black outline of buildings…possibly depicting the despatching of pigeons above London.  There are a large number of exhibits that you can visit, and as mentioned they do require an entrance fee. visit their site for further information.

On one side of the vast cavern was a most interesting exhibit….a black and white painted area with a man in ballet tights running about whilst another man was filming him. Would loved to know what that was all about (perhaps I should have asked hey).

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black and white painted area inside the Tate Modern (?)

Tate Modern can be accessed via Peters Hill, leading down from St Paul’s Cathedral and over the Millenium Bridge.

Millenium Bridge across the River Thames in London
view of St Paul's Cathedral from across the Millenium Bridge

The chimney of Tate Modern is equally impressive

Tate Modern London
Tate Modern - Chimney of the old Power Station

You can also travel between the Tate Modern and Tate Britain further along the river towards Westminster Bridge.

Millenium Pier Tate Britain London
travel by boat between Tate Britain and Tate Modern, London

If you want to know more about Tate Britain……click here.  Although you cant possibly do everything there is to do with only 3 days in London, the museums are always worth a visit. Enjoy :)

2 thoughts on “Tate Modern London”

  1. I can’t speak highly enough of Tate Modern. Even if you don’t like the art, the building has to be seen to see how they’ve converted a turbine plant into a prestigous gallery…and it’s free!! There’s an extension currently underway too, so I can’t wait to see that completed. My wife and I have written a free guide to London to pass on our own tips of what to see and we’ve included a special page on Tate Modern….http://www.free-city-guides.com/london/tate-modern/

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