The Tate Modern is the museum of modern art with the most visitors in the world, surpassing the other great museums of the same theme located in cities such as New York or Madrid.
What to see in the Tate Modern museum?
In the Tate Modern there are collections of art that span from the beginning of the 20th century, to the present. You can see all this inside a building that, originally, was a power station (Bankside). In 2012, the expansion that began in 2006 was completed, which allowed for a 60% increase in surface area. This extension was necessary given the overwhelming growth in the number of works that the museum had.
Once inside, you can enjoy a lot of works by the most important authors of the 20th century, such as Picasso, Andy Warhol, Dalí or Mark Rothko. An enviable collection that you can not forget to visit when you are in London.
Tate Modern architecture
The Tate Modern has six floors and a ground floor. On floors 3 and 5 you can visit the permanent collection, and in the 4 you can visit the exhibitions for payment. On the second floor is the shop, the information stand, the cafeteria and other places to enjoy 100% of the museum.
Where, in the past, the electric turbines of the factory were located, today temporary exhibitions are held, showing works by contemporary authors of the most varied. Temporary exhibitions are also held on the fourth floor, although the majority of gazes are focused on those that take place in the atrium (the part where the turbines were).
So, do we visit it or not?
The Tate Modern is a must for lovers of modern art. However, it is also highly recommended for those who do not feel a special attraction for this type of art, since its location is, by itself, an authentic beauty worthy of being seen.
It should be noted, too, that a visit to the Tate Modern souvenir shop is a must. There you can find the best gifts for your family and friends, how could it be otherwise in a museum of modern and contemporary art.
Finally, it should be noted that although the organization of the museum favors a predefined route, it is also true that it is very open and allows you to make totally autonomous visits, choosing which parts to visit and which parts to skip. Something that is appreciated in a type of art as controversial as the modern and contemporary.
Price, access and schedule
Price : Free, like all public museums in London.
Direction : Bankside, next to Shakespeare's Globe Theater. The nearest subway stop is Southwark, although London Bridge is also nearby.
Hours : Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
As you can see, the Tate Modern is a must for anyone traveling to London, whether or not he is a lover of this type of art. One of the most visited museums in the world and from which you can also enjoy completely free of charge. Are you going to miss it?