Museums, Travel, UK

A Tour of the Tate Modern in London

July 31, 2017

Tate Modern

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People keep asking me what I am going to do in London for a month, I respond, “See all the museums!” In order to do that you have to get started right away. I probably won’t review each one I visit individually, but the Tate Modern needed its own post as it is quite large.

Now I am not a huge fan of modern art. However, two years ago when I attended the Venice Biennale I had a change of heart and decided I would be more open to seeing modern art. This motivated me to tour the Tate Modern plus I had heard so much about the building.

Getting to the Tate Modern

The Tate Modern is accessible by several tube stations including Blackfriars and Southwark. However, I recommend arriving at St. Paul’s station and walking across the Millenium Bridge. This offers you an amazing view of the museum and of the Thames River.

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Inside the Tate Modern

The building used to be a power station, so it is quite large. However, don’t let the size scare you away from visiting. The museum is well laid out and has elevators and escalators to every floor, so you never have to climb the stairs unless you want to.

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Unless you are at the museum to see a specific exhibition, I would start on the first floor and work your way up. Then you can cross to the other side of the museum and work your way down.

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Don’t forget to look at the structure of the building as it is essentially part of the art. This is best done from the bridges between the two gallery spaces. You can do so at each level and get a different perspective. Also, go down to the ground floor and look up. It is then you get a sense of how large the space really is.

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What I really enjoyed about the Tate Modern is the size. I never felt I couldn’t see the art and even though there was a line to get in, it was never crowded inside. Each gallery was large enough that the art was never blocked from view by other patrons.

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Not all the art was modern either! There was a room with Mark Rothko piece and he was inspired by Monet’s large art. So, there was one of Monet’s Water Lillies right next to the room!

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The other thing I really loved about the Tate Modern is that the space allows for large art to be on exhibition. For some reason, large pieces of art appeal to me. It’s probably why I like Monet so much!

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See St. Pauls from the Tate Modern

This is one of the great unknowns of the Tate Modern, but it offers stunning views of St. Pauls! If you head to the 3rd floor gift shop outside the visiting exhibition space. There is a smoking balcony there and you can see St. Pauls. You can also see the Millenium Bridge. The sun was shining the day I went and the man next to me said to someone, “St. Pauls is glistening. That rarely happens.” It is definitely a sight to see.

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Have you been to Tate Modern? What is your favorite piece there?

The Tate Modern was very accessible with elevators to all floors and wide entrances and hallways. Want to see more accessible museums and art galleries in London? Check out this article.

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  • Reply Caitlin Jean August 1, 2017 at 4:05 am

    I enjoyed the Tate Mod, didn’t have enough time to explore all room/levels and some of the stuff was really weird. Loved the orange carpeted wall and the gift shop is a must for take-home art.

    • Reply Tiffany August 1, 2017 at 6:13 am

      Definitely some odd things in there but so many great things too. The carpet was cool but it grossed me out so I didn’t touch it. Lol

  • Reply Ritu August 5, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Can’t believe I LIVE so close yet I’ve never been! I need to take myself one day… no o e else will take me lol!

    • Reply Tiffany August 5, 2017 at 3:29 am

      You need to go! Come in to London and I will take you.

  • Reply Fancy August 5, 2017 at 3:05 am

    I brought a tour group of kids from my Essex school here once before heading to the Globe theatre and they loved it. I barely remember anything because I was so afraid to lose one! I do remember the crack in the ground piece though. My kids saw a cast member from East enders and that was their favourite part of the whole day!

    • Reply Tiffany August 5, 2017 at 3:30 am

      I would worry too. It’s so large, it would be easy to do. Glad they liked it.

  • Reply Maja Asgautsen August 5, 2017 at 3:46 am

    I have only visited Tate nice, but I really enjoyed it. The had an excebition of popart when I was there and I found it great. But it was also interesting to look at the piece of art that was a bit over the top for me.

    • Reply Tiffany August 5, 2017 at 3:52 am

      Oh Popart would be fun! It is always nice to see something new.

  • Reply Debbie August 5, 2017 at 3:48 am

    I haven’t been inside there yet but have walked past it as it was closing. Next time over that way (from Aus) I’ll make sure we get there in time to see it.

    • Reply Tiffany August 5, 2017 at 3:53 am

      You should definitely go! It was one of the few museums that didn’t make me want to leave after an hour. I think it’s because it is large enough not to feel crowded.

  • Reply Suz Vickery August 5, 2017 at 4:30 am

    See most of the museums is what we will do in Athens soon, in between lots of walking and cafe sit-downs 🙂 Have been to the Tate Museum a few times, and I enjoyed it far more than the older art museums. Thanks for rekindling the memories.

    • Reply Tiffany August 5, 2017 at 9:05 am

      When are you going to Greece? I will be there in September.

  • Reply Suzie August 5, 2017 at 6:49 am

    I STILL haven’t been here and now desperately want to go! Thanks for sending me the pic of the Duchamp!

    • Reply Tiffany August 5, 2017 at 9:07 am

      You need to go. You’re welcome. Notice I didn’t include it!?

  • Reply Brenda August 5, 2017 at 6:58 am

    thank you good information. I also love buildings so was YES when you talked about that part – looking at the floors from different levels. Great you found that view of St Paul. Enjoying your blog.

    • Reply Tiffany August 5, 2017 at 9:08 am

      You’re welcome. The building is definitely part of the charm. Thank you!!

  • Reply Lisa Orchard August 5, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Awesome pics! Thanks for the info and sharing your thoughts with all of us!

    • Reply Tiffany August 5, 2017 at 9:08 am

      Thank you! You’re welcome.

  • Reply Josy A August 5, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I love the Tate Modern, and the Tate Britain, and St Pauls!!

    If you have time, and don’t mind the ticket money, go inside st Pauls and climb up to the roof. The views up there are gorgeous!! I hope you have time to explore Hamstead Heath and the Pergola gardens as well. I think that is my favourite place in London AND it’s free. 😀

    • Reply Tiffany August 6, 2017 at 3:27 am

      I have the time but heights are not my thing!! Lol. The Heath is on my list. Will look up the Pergola gardens. Thanks for the tips.

  • Reply Fiona Maclean August 6, 2017 at 3:29 am

    I love the tate modern, though I haven’t been since they had those tube slide things. I need to go back and look round when I’m a little less excited about the slides!

    • Reply Tiffany August 6, 2017 at 3:53 am

      It’s definitely worth a second visit!

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  • Reply Lilly AHA December 31, 2019 at 9:26 am

    England is definitely a good place and the weather is cold and romantic. I wish i could be there in the coming year. Thanks, tiffany !!!

    • Reply Tiffany January 10, 2020 at 3:52 am

      I hope you get to visit soon! Thanks for stopping by

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