Visitors near the escalators on level 3 of Tate Modern

Our history

The original Tate Gallery at Millbank opened in 1897. Since then Tate has undergone a remarkable transformation, growing to become a major, inclusive institution and one of the world’s leading art brands

Our vision

Tate’s 2015 Vision outlines our long-term objectives.

While our purpose doesn’t change, the context and the way we fulfil our mission does. We bring a contemporary perspective to all we do, inviting debate and exchange centred on art.

Over the years we’ve been successful in getting more and more people to enjoy art in new ways. We’re working to take this even further, and participation is key. As artistic practice evolves and new technology changes the ways our audiences interact with us, more people than ever before can enjoy art from the collection and beyond.