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53 Bankside | London SE1 9TG | Official website
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  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.4)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 5.0 (5.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Traveler reviews are a bit mixed for the Tate Modern, the world's most-visited modern art gallery. Sitauted in Bankside along the Thames, the Tate Modern is housed in a former power plant and showcases artwork from the turn of the century to the present day. Dalí, Warhol, Bacon, and Picasso, among many British artists, are represented inside the four-level museum—but you'll find the works are scattered. Art is grouped by theme rather than by artist.

Recent visitors say if you're a fan of contemporary or modern art, you'll enjoy the Tate Modern. If you're partial to antiquities or Impressionism, you'll probably be better served at the British Museum or the National Gallery. As one TripAdvisor user explains, "With the caveat that modern art, like any other creative expression, is an acquired taste, some of what we saw was simply confusing, some unexplainable." Art aside, the architecutre and repurposing of the building itself may be enough of a draw. Take Turbine Hall, for instance. This massive space once held the electricy generators for the plant and now hosts large-scale installations and performance pieces.

Whether you're visiting for the art or the architecture, the Tate Modern is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The museum welcomes visitors free of charge (not including special exhibits), and is accessible off the Blackfriars and Southwark Tube stops.

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