Explore the world’s greatest collection of British art

There are a number of ways to enjoy the collection displays at Tate Britain whether you’re looking to amble through 500 years of British Art or want to explore a particular artist or period

British School 17th century, 'The Cholmondeley Ladies' circa 1600-10

British School 17th century
The Cholmondeley Ladies circa 1600-10
Oil on wood
support: 886 x 1723 mm frame: 1074 x 1914 x 100 mm
Presented anonymously 1955

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A roaring success 
The Sunday Times

If you thought you knew British art, visit and think again…there is no better place to go 
The Mail on Sunday

Wander through the chronological display of artworks from 1545 to the present day in the BP Walk through British Art or visit a specific period or art movement by dropping into the circuit of galleries wherever you wish. Branching off the chronological display are the BP Spotlights, a series of changing exhibitions which explore themes or areas of new research in depth.

Other areas of the gallery are devoted to artists who have a strong relationship with Tate Britain. Visit the Turner Collection, the William Blake room and the Henry Moore rooms to immerse yourself in the work of these iconic British artists.

The final strand of the new displays are temporary exhibitions which offer a transhistorical approach to Tate’s collection of British art. BP Exhibition: Looking at the View, which ended 2 June 2013, was the first exhibition in this series.

You can find out more about Tate Britain collection displays, discover behind-the-scenes insights and explore viewpoints from a range of voices in our videos, blogs and articles.

Free guided tours

Knowledgeable staff and volunteers are on hand to add to your enjoyment of our displays and exhibitions, and to enhance your visit you can take one of our free tours with our expert guides.

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BP: Supporting arts and culture

BP has supported arts and culture in the UK for over 30 years and currently focuses its support on long-term partnerships with four world class institutions; The British Museum, The National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Opera House and Tate Britain. More than 3 million people across the UK engaged with BP supported activity in 2011.

As a premier Partner of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival, BP helped deliver several programmes and events that inspired young people and provided opportunities for everyone across the UK to be part of the London 2012 Festival. These included: the World Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare: staging the world exhibition with the British Museum and Royal Shakespeare Company; BP Portrait Award: Next Generation with the National Portrait Gallery; The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games with the Royal Opera House and The Olympic Museum; BP Summer Big Screens Metamorphosis: Titian 2012 and Falstaff with the Royal Opera House; and The Tate Movie Project with Tate, Legacy Trust UK and the BBC.