Time Out says
Tate Modern gets all the attention, but the original Tate Gallery, founded by sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate, has a broader and more inclusive brief. Housed in a stately Portland stone building on the riverside, Tate Britain is second only to the National Gallery when it comes to British art. It’s also looking to steal back a bit of the limelight from its starrier sibling with a 20-year redevelopment plan called the Millbank Project: conserving the building’s original features, upgrading the galleries, opening new spaces to the public and adding a new café. The art here is exceptional. The historical collection includes work by Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Constable (who gets three rooms) and Turner (in the superb Clore Gallery). Many contemporary works were shifted to the other Tate when it opened, but Stanley Spencer, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon are all well represented, and Art Now installations showcase up-and-coming British artists. Temporary exhibitions include headline-hungry blockbusters and the annual controversy-courting Turner Prize exhibition (September-January). The gallery has a good restaurant and an exemplary gift shop.
|Price:||Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions|
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A truly great museum. The Turners alone would be worth the price of admission, if there were a price of admission. The recent Burne-Jones retrospective, running as I write for one more week, is a perfect example of how to curate an exhibition, pace the idiotic review in The Guardian. I live in Munich and visit London twice a year on average, and I always try to make time for the Tate.
This is my favourite museum in London so far. The building in itself is incredible, bold and just stunning. There are no other constructions around it, making it really stand out. Inside you'll find endless art pieces, from sculptures to paintings, it's just a delight. Amongst the incredible art in there you'll find artwork by Turner, Hockney, Bacon and many more. It's definitely worth the visit - and it's all free :)
Great gallery, I prefer this to the tate modern. The permanent collection is much more interesting and the building is also worth a visit. Look out of the late at the tate events! All for free too.
Loved Turner and Bacon paintings and many more. Beautiful building and free admission with option for donation which makes the Tate accessible to everyone visiting London. Great gift shop.
Really interesting! There is a film piece by Douglas Gordon called 'Play Dead; Real Time' which I could honestly watch for hours.