History of Tate Britain
Tate Britain is a place to visit for connoisseurs of art who really like pictorial art, appreciate it and for those who just want to get to know better the history of Great Britain. The gallery is surely worth seeing especially if you come to London not for the first time. It is an art gallery, which is included into the Tate network of galleries. This art gallery can boast by the most expressive collection of masterpieces starting from 16th century. Furthermore, the visitors have a fair opportunity to see masterpieces of pictorial art of the West Europe. It has a long history and was founded in 1897 and firstly it served as the National Gallery of British Art. But everyone knows it as Tate Gallery because of its founder, Sir Henry Tate, who was considered to be sugar magnate. The basis of the collection of the gallery was the private collection of S.H.Tate. After his death he left pictures to the nation but insisted on the fact that a special museum should be built for them.
Nowadays Tate Gallery is a perfect combination of pictorial art, sculptural art and graphic art. The building of the museum consists of two parts: Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Attending halls of this gallery every visitor has a fair opportunity not only to enjoy the British art but also get to know better the main stages of its development. All the pictures are presented in chronological order and by the subject matter. The theme of every exhibition may change. Here one can find romantic pictures, mystic engravings and authors thinking. The museum also houses a great collection of Turner’s works (approximately 300 pictures).
Tate Britain exhibitions
During one hundred years after the establishment of the gallery the collection was enriching by the works of modern artists. By the way, the gallery contains the works not only of English artists. Up to the present time Tate Gallery presented original combination of classic gallery and the museum of modern art. Its left flank was dedicated to English art and the right one – to the world art of the 20th century. Over the years the amount of pictures was increasing and the question of building additional halls appeared. Till 1910 additional nine halls were built. The modern Tate Gallery was opened in 2000. The building was reconstructed from captive power station; the architectures fully changed the building inside.
Tate Britain exhibitions are very rich and here the visitors may see the works of such famous and well known artists as Douglas Gordon, J. M. W. Turner, David Hockney, William Blake and many others. Permanent collection of this gallery displays the history of British art and also contains a great number of modern works. There are also some rooms where the works of only one artist are displayed. Every year the visitors have a fair opportunity to enjoy Turner Prize exhibition.
Tate Britain map
Tate Britain lower floor map
Tate Britain main floor map
Tate Britain BP walk through British art map
Tate Britain opening hours, postcode
Tate Britain opening hours are from 10am to 18pm and the entry is free of charge. Only special exhibitions require general-admission fee. Tate Britain postcode is SW1P 4RG, which will help you to find the gallery quicker, especially if you travel by car.
How to get to Tate Britain
London SW1P 4RG
This gallery is within easy reach and you may get here by tube, bus, train and even by boat. The nearest Tube stations are:
- Pimlico (Victoria Line, 600 metres approximately)
- Vauxhall (Victoria Line, 850 metres approximately)
- Westminster (Jubilee, District and Circle Lines, 1,200 metres approximately)
If you prefer buses than take:
- Route 87 stops on Millbank
- Routes 88 and C10 stop on John Islip Street
- Routes 2, 36, 185, 436 stop on Vauxhall Bridge Road
The nearest train stations to Tate Britain are:
- Vauxhall (850 metres approximately)
- Victoria (1,600 metres approximately)
Tate Boat goes every 40 minutes along the Thames between Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Other river services run between Millbank Pier and Bankside Pier.
Tate Britain shop and restaurant
Tate Britain shop, which is located not far from the Millbank entrance, offers an ample quantity of gifts and souvenirs to buy. This shop offers postcards, books, prints that may be framed or unframed and other interesting things to buy. There is also a service of ordering books and souvenirs online in their online shop.
Tate Britain restaurant always welcomes visitors after exhibition to taste wine. The Rex Whistler Restaurant can boast by a huge collection of wines. The wine cellar of this restaurant has a long history and everyone visits it with pleasure. The curator of the cellar is Hamish Anderson who is always ready to recommend the best wine.
Tate Britain is rather huge and it takes good deal of time in order to see all the masterpieces. So if you are tired you may have a bite in their cafe, which serves various sandwiches, cakes, tea or coffee. It works every day.
Contact Tate Britain
Phone: +44 20 7887 8888