History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The exterior of the building is industrial, reflecting its original use, however, the original building was given a new facade made of over 4 million bricks, separated by vertical slit windows to bathe the interior in light. The bottom 4 levels of the 7-storey building are given over to public art displays.
The actual themes in each area have changed several times since the museum opened. At present the thematic arrangement includes 'Poetry and Dream', focussed on Surrealist works, Energy and Process, with a focus on Arte Povera, Transformed Visions, with a focus on Abstract Impressionist art, and Structure and Clarity, dealing with abstract art.
It is fascinating to see how the museum incorporates the industrial heritage of the site into the public galleries. The Turbine Hall, which housed electrical generators for the power station, is now home to temporary display of specially commissioned large art installations. Another reuse of industrial space is The Tanks, 3 large oil tanks converted into video art spaces.
The easiest way to visit the Tate Modern is by tube to Blackfriars station, while Southwark is a bit further away. Or you can travel by tube to Mansion House or St Pauls on the north side of the Thames and take the Millennium Bridge across the river. There is also a passenger boat service from Bankside Pier connecting Tate Modern to Tate Britain.
The collections are huge, with every style of modern art represented. Among the more famous artists represented are Picasso, Cezanne, Ernst Kirchner, Paul Klee, and Robert Delauney.
About Tate Modern
Address: Bankside, London, Greater London, England, SE1 9TG
Attraction Type: Museum
Website: Tate Modern
Phone: 020 7887 8888
Photo Credit: Christine Matthews, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
Nearest station: Southwark - 0.3 miles (straight line) - Zone: 1
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Bankside Gallery - 0.1 miles (Museum)
Shakespeare's Globe - 0.2 miles (Family Attraction)
St Benet's, Paul's Wharf - 0.3 miles (Historic Church)
College of Arms - 0.3 miles (Historic Building)
St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe - 0.3 miles (Historic Church)
Clink Prison Museum - 0.4 miles (Museum)
Golden Hinde - 0.4 miles (Museum)
Temple Bar - 0.5 miles (Landmark)
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