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The personal collection once owned by industrialist Sir Henry Tate formed the basis of the world’s largest collection of English art from the 16th to 20th centuries, the Tate Gallery. Its original name was the Gallery of British Art.

Tate Gallery Exhibit

The gallery’s exposition is perfectly adapted: the works on display are strictly ordered chronologically, beginning in 1500, and thematic sections have been created for each of the time periods. Systematically, about once a year, the set of themes changes, which increases the interest in the collection presented here.

In the gallery you can see many portraits of famous people and monarchs, paintings of the everyday life of Britons from different social classes, romantic landscapes, mystical paintings, numerous engravings and watercolors. Much attention is paid to the young visitors of this large gallery. Thematic lectures, educational classes, games that develop a sense of beauty – all this is carried out systematically, and information is available either on the website or at the entrance to the museum.

Admission to the museum is free, except for some specialized exhibitions.

Tate Modern Gallery

The year 2000 was a very important year in the life of the gallery: the Tate Britain collection became so vast and diverse that it was logically divided into two exhibitions.

The classical works remained in the old building in Trafalgar Square, while the contemporary art section moved to the other side of the Thames to the former power station and very quickly became an iconic place in modern London – and became known as the Tate Modern. The huge turbine hall turned out to be a great space for various exhibitions, performances and installations.

The new room also features paintings by theme, and already within the themes are different styles and genres of artwork. Here you can see all the art movements that have existed since the 19th century, listen to a thematic tour and, in addition, enjoy the stunning panorama of London, which opens from the windows of the café on the top floor.

An interesting fact is that Henry Tate’s invention of cotton candy and the widespread sale of this favorite delicacy for children allowed him to earn money to build the collection, which gave rise to the famous gallery.


The Tate Modern Gallery is located on the south bank of the Thames on Bankside, close to the Globe Theatre, near Blackfriars Bridge and opposite St Paul’s Cathedral.

The address of the Tate Gallery is SW1P 4RG, London, Millbank, Tate Britain.

Opening hours: 10:00-17:50 daily, on the first Friday of each month the museum is open until 21:00. The museum is closed December 24, 25, and 26.

A dedicated boat runs every 40 minutes between the Tate Modern Gallery, the London Eye and the British Tate Gallery. Metro: The museum is 600 metres from Pimlico subway station on the Victoria line, or 850 metres from Vauxhall station. Bus: The area is served by quite a number of bus routes: 2, 3, C10, 36, 77A, 88, 159, 185, 436 and 507.

Vauxhall railway station is located 850 m from the museum, Victoria station – 1500 m.

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The Gallery of Modern Art is one of the free cultural institutions in London, so you can safely go here for a new experience. To be honest, it was interesting to look at art through the eyes of contemporaries, although I did not appreciate the masterpieces of modern masters. On the second floor I really wanted to laugh when passing by the expositions, such as a bunch of shapeless bags wrapped with duct tape, hanging on branches, but I had to restrain myself from disturbing the visitors, who were thoughtfully looking at these very bags.
After a while I was drawn in, and I realized that some of the exhibits even resonated with me internally and gave me food for new ideas. Exhibition dedicated to the communist past of Russia, and another – in defense of the oppressed housewives, where there were piled up torn stockings and household gloves.
After visiting the gallery the feeling is totally ambiguous: you try to understand what people felt when they were creating something like huge pictures of red brushstrokes on the wall.
And you begin to keenly feel your normality. The gallery design is very unusual and in some places goes beyond the boundaries of normal reality. If you have time to experiment, come to the Tate Modern.

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