Top 10 tips for families visiting Tate Modern

We’re family-friendly. We are fully equipped for your visit. We have baby changing facilities and cloakrooms with buggy parking.

Matisse Families Oli Cowling
Matisse Families Oli Cowling

1. Find a place to start 

Explore the Start Display to introduce your family to some of the best-loved artworks at Tate Modern.

Two children looking at Matisse's The Snail

2. Climb to the very top of Tate Modern!

Marvel at 360 views of London.  What famous landmarks can you see? Can you spot St Pauls Cathedral, the London Eye or Wembley Stadium? 

How? Use the dedicated lift from level 0 in the Blavatnik Building or climb all 10 floors! 

Age Guide: children of all ages with adult supervision. 

Viewing platform at Tate Modern © Tate

3. Explore the story of Modern art

Find out which art or artists you like the most by using our Bloomberg interactive arts timeline.

Where? Boiler House Level 4 Concourse

Age guide: Ages 6 and upwards

Two children explore Tate Modern Timeline

4. Explore the gallery with your ears 

Get out your mobile device and check out Sonic Trails. Click, play and go on a sound journey through the gallery. 

Available to stream on Soundcloud

Age guide: Ages 6 and upwards

Sonic trails

© Olivia Hemminway

5. The Inspector Brunswick Art Hunt 

Pick up a postcard from the Turbine Hall shop counter and become a detective!  Inspector Brunswick needs your help to find the missing artwork hidden around the Turbine Hall shop. Not so hard you may think? Well the lost artwork is very, very tiny and will require quick-thinking minds and sharp eyes. Get involved and you’ll be in with a chance to win a signed copy of Inspector Brunswick: The Case of the Missing Eyebrow.

When: Saturday 22 July – Sunday 3 September 2017

Inspector Brunswick. Illustrations © Angela Keoghan, 2017

6. Free exhibitions

Kids get open access to some of the greatest and freshest art there is. The collection displays are free for everyone and you can also visit an exhibition as under 12s go free. 

Family Day: Sound and Performance Tanks event

Photo: James Harris

7. Carry a Collection Case

Collection Case

​© Lucy Dawkins, Tate Photography 2016

A free daily resource for Early Years

If you’re visiting Tate Modern with children we have a new Early Years activity to support your visit.

Including curious objects and trigger words to encourage your exploration, Collection Case is designed for children and adults to embark on a creative exploration of artworks in the Material Worlds display at Tate Modern.

Collection Case is free and located at the Tate Modern information desk on level 0. 

This resource is recommended for children aged 4 and up. 

8. Grab a map

It doesn’t matter where you start or where you end up. Why not let the kids pick something that really interests them? Let them lead. Tate Modern is yours to discover.

Richard Long A Ten Mile Walk England 1968

Private collection. Courtesy Konrad Fischer Gallery© Richard Long

9. Project your art on the walls of Tate modern

Are you a budding young artist? Get sketching at the Bloomberg digital drawing bar and see what your designs look like on our walls.

Where? Bolier House Level 1  

Age guide: Children of 3 upwards. 

Bloomberg Connects Drawing Bar

© Tate Photography

10. Strike a pose

Try this acitvity. Get someone in your group to secretly choose an artwork. Once they have looked carefully at the artwork, find a space in the room and try to recreate that artwork using their body. The rest of the group can then try and spot the artwork the pose was inspired by. 

A black and white photograph, Bruce McLean Pose Work for Plinths I.

© Bruce McLean

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