Tate Britain

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Millbank, City of Westminster, United Kingdom
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Tate Britain City of Westminster Reviews

Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Really decent art for free Aug 06, 2011
Situated near the Pimlico tube station, Tate Britain houses some great paintings from the Romantic and twentieth century periods. Arguably, the best masters on show here are Blake and Turner; their work is situated at the first left after you enter the building's main section. I enjoyed these masters most of all, but overall, the collection is pretty decent, and while it seems a bit shocking/weird/downright poor in places, it's still a worthy art visit. What I really liked about the place was the attention to detail and the genuine effort to make art accessible for everyone - they have staff in purple t-shirts to direct you or to give basic hints and advice. Also, each painting usually has a decent description (not that long to be boring) and they always ask questions that makes you think more deeply about the painting and the intentions behind it. Suggested donation is 3 pounds, but it is free admission and the donation is entirely voluntary!! Also, the museum has exhibitions which require an entrance fee, details of which will be found in reception. A very nice set up, and well worth a quick visit if you have the slightest interest in art!
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debsadams1979 debsadam…
33 reviews
Affordable Art Jan 08, 2011
I've been to Tate Modern quite a few times and it's usually on the agenda when I come down to London to meet up with international visitors but I've never been to Tate Britain before, mostly because I've assumed it never showed any contemporary works. After doing some digging prior to Christmas I found this isn't the case and it displays a mixture of old and new. The building itself, just like that of Tate Modern, is impressive in itself and the majority of the gallery is free to visit, only the visiting exhibitions are charged for and even then the entrance fee is reasonable (£5-10). It's also easy to get to, 5-10 minutes walk away from Pimlico tube station on the Victoria line and it's well sign posted within the tube station and on the street.

I went purposely to see a visiting exhibition by a British artist called Rachel Whiteread whose work I admire and the exhibition didn't disappoint; on display were her sketches and models, many of which have never been exhibited before.

I then went to explore the main section of gallery and view some of the other contemporary works (i'm not a huge fan of classical pieces I'm afraid so I can't comment on that section of the gallery), there were some big names on display like Damien Hirst, Gilbert & George, Tracey Emin and Lucien Freud and it was a pretty fascinating collection. The Sea Harrier jet suspended about half a meter off the ground nose first was pretty mind blowing too.

The gallery is also set in Westminster so the area around it is also nice to walk around and the Thames and other main attractions such as the Houses of Parliament are close by.

If art is your thing, particularly if your interest spans old and new or you are in a group whose tastes are varied, then I'd recommend a visit as part of a trip to London.
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Glynnes Glynnes
125 reviews
British Art Sep 19, 2010
The Tate Britain Museum (www.tate.org.uk) located in the City of Westminster (Millbank) section of London has an enormous collection of British art starting from the 16th century to the present and admission to the museum is FREE, except for the special exhibitions. To reach the Tate Britain Museum, take the Victoria Line underground to the Pimlico or Vauxhall Tube stop, or Jubilee, District or Circle Lines to the Westminster tube stop or ride the Tate boat (www.tate.org.uk/tatetotate) that travels the Thames between the Tate Britain and Tate Modern for an astonishing view of the Thames River. The Tate Museum is opened from 10am to 6pm daily, until 10pm on the first Friday of each month and closed on the 24, 25, and 26 December. I visited the Tate Museum upon my arrival in London simply because I love the serenity of viewing art.
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lockhart882000 says:
Very Nice review - Thanks for the information.
Posted on: Jan 24, 2011

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