School Visits to Tate Modern

Explore art and ideas to take ownership of the gallery

Assembly, Tate Modern 2017 photo © Tate (Seraphina Neville)​

Assembly, Tate Modern 2017 photo © Tate (Seraphina Neville)​

School visits to Tate Modern are free. As Tate Modern is now operating on a timed ticket system, all school groups must book in advance of visiting.

When you book a visit, please advise us of any specific access requirements that members of your group may have.

How to make a booking

To enquire, please email us at schoolsandteachers@tate.org.uk and we will send you the relevant booking form. If you would like to discuss your booking over the phone, please call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 (option 3). Our schools phone line is open Monday - Wednesday, 11 AM -1 PM and 2-4 PM.

Have the following ready when you call:

  • Range of dates for your visit

  • School address, telephone number and email address

  • Group size and age of pupils

Bookings must be made at least two weeks in advance to ensure tickets can be posted to the school.

Bookings must be made at least two weeks in advance to ensure tickets can be posted to the school.

Do I need to make a booking to bring a school group to Tate?

Yes. Timed tickets are required to enter our galleries for the free collections. To help manage numbers, we require all school groups to pre-book at least two weeks in advance and are limiting each class to 40 tickets (including teachers). Each day, there will be a block of 40 tickets available for an 11.00 visit and one block of 40 tickets available for a 13.00 visit.

How much does it cost?

Self-led visits to the permanent collection at Tate Modern are free. Tickets to exhibitions are £5/person (including teachers).

WHAT HAPPENS IF I FORGET OUR TICKETS?

For the safety of our staff, please do try to remember to bring your tickets. They will be posted to your school in advance of your booking. If, for whatever reason, you do not have your tickets with you on the day of your visit, please advise students to wait at the top of the ramp and send your lead teacher down to the desks to have the tickets reprinted.

CAN I BOOK EXHIBITION TICKETS FOR MY CLASS?

We are looking forward to welcoming you and your students back to exhibitions and appreciated your patience whilst we were unable to accommodate exhibition tickets over the summer. Tate is following all Government guidelines to keep visitors and staff safe, meaning that capacities for visiting are significantly lower than usual. As each exhibition has its own visitor capacities, please get in touch with us directly regarding which exhibition you would like to visit with your students.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE ARE LATE?

That’s fine! Please note that you cannot enter the galleries before your scheduled time slot of either 11 AM or 1 PM and do plan accordingly, as we do not want students and teachers to have to queue outdoors for extended periods of time, especially if there is inclement weather. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you may be instructed to wait until you can be safely accommodated in the galleries.

DO WE NEED TO REGISTER ON THE NHS TRACK AND TRACE APP? IF SO, DOES THIS NEED TO BE DONE BY EVERY INDIVIDUAL?

You no longer need to register with track and trace to visit Tate.

WHAT ACTIVITIES DO YOU HAVE FOR STUDENTS?

Due to the impact of COVID-19, we are not currently providing paper-based resources in the gallery, but you are welcome to save resources from the website or from our ebulletins to your mobile devices and use them the way you would a paper resource. If you’re not currently signed up for our ebulletin and would like to be, please email us.

These ‘activities’ are developed by artists who have worked on the Schools and Teachers Programme. You can find them below under ‘Self-led student resources’. These resources emulate the workshops and include the perspective of contemporary artists in the gallery. They aim to encourage new ways of looking at and learning with art.

CAN SKETCH AND DRAW IN THE GALLERIES?

You are welcome to bring your own sketchbooks and drawing materials to Tate Modern and are allowed to sketch in galleries as long as they are not crowded and you remain in small groups. If a gallery becomes too crowded, you may be asked to continue to the next set of rooms.

Permitted materials - dry materials such as pencils, graphite sticks, fine-tipped pens, wax crayons, conté and charcoal pencils (must be wood or plastic encased), oil pastels encased in paper. Prohibited materials - loose dry materials including charcoal and pastels, soft oil pastels and oil paint sticks, all paints and other wet materials, permanent markers and tape.

MY STUDENTS ARE STUDYING [INSERT TOPIC], HOW DO I FIND OUT IF IT IS ON DISPLAY?

Check Tate’s website, by searching for the artwork, artist or medium in Search, and then cross-check to see if those works are on the gallery tour route. Unfortunately, we cannot give access to works that are not on the pre-approved gallery routes.

IS THERE SOMEWHERE WE CAN PARK?

Tate Modern has limited accessible onsite parking. This should be booked in advance and a registration number provided at least 24hrs before the visit. Regardless of where you are parked, you will need to enter the gallery through the South Entrance.

I WANT TO ARRANGE A TALK OR TOUR FOR MY STUDENTS - HOW DO I DO THIS?

Unfortunately School Group tours, Tate to Tate tours, Exhibition private lectures, Exhibition packages and Exhibition tours are temporarily suspended. If you are booking for fewer than 5 people, you can book through Tate Private Tours.

WHERE ARE THE BATHROOMS AND CHANGING FACILITIES?

At Tate Modern there are bathrooms on each floor and a changing place on Level 0 in the boiler house building. Please check your route map for more details.

IS THERE A MAP?

Yes. A map of the route is available to download here: Download the Route Map PDF [80.1k kb]

PLAN YOUR VISIT

For the safety and enjoyment of all Tate visitors, one-way systems are in place at both Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Both sites are also operating at a reduced capacity to maintain safe social distancing practices.

Tate Modern offers one route through the gallery for school groups, which takes approximately 1.5 - 2 hours. Due to reduced capacity and logistical constraints, there will be one block of 40 tickets available for the 11 AM slot and one block of 40 tickets available for the 1 PM slot Monday to Friday. Please plan to observe the rule of 6 and allocate teachers accordingly.

A full route map, as well as a list of highlights across the route, can be found here:

Download the Route Map PDF [80.1k kb]

The route has step-free access and access to toilets and the changing places, access to a shop and the opportunity to buy food and drink. Please note Tate is operating a cashless system at present so only card purchases are possible.

Due to space constraints, there will not be any access to the Clore learning hub, lunchroom, lockers, or schools-only toilets.

We advise leaving bulky items at home, as there is currently no access to cloakrooms, and therefore students will have to carry any bags and items they have brought to the galleries.

Lunches can be eaten anywhere outside Tate Modern. As these spaces are neither private nor bookable, we cannot guarantee their availability.

All water fountains have been switched back on.

Students will need to use public toilets, so you may feel more comfortable accompanying them depending on your school’s safeguarding policy.

All gallery seating is available if students need to pause at any point during their visit. The quiet room is available for use in the Natalie Bell Building on Level 4.

Questions to discuss before your visit:

  • What does art mean to you?
  • What was the last thing you made or created?
  • What does art make you think?
  • What does art make you feel?

Questions to get you exploring when you get here:

  • If you could take one piece of artwork home with you, what would you take?
  • What do you think art does in the world?
  • Why should art be taught in school?
  • If you imagined a gallery in the future, what do you think it would look like? What would be in it? Who would be in it?

TEACHING RESOURCES AND COURSES

ARRIVING AT TATE MODERN

Getting to Tate Modern

Access at Tate Modern

School groups should enter via the Level 0 Turbine hall ramp entrance on Holland Street. This does have a gradient. Please contact us if you are a wheelchair user and do not feel comfortable with this gradient, and we will endeavor to make alternate arrangements.

Group leaders should check in at the main welcome desk on Level 0. Please ask your group to remain on the ramp whilst you do this. Here you will need to sign in to say that you have read and understood the guidelines. Please note that it is fine to use the school’s phone number as contact details for students. Once you have signed in and your timed ticket slot is active, you can make your way to your pre-approved route.

GROUP SUPERVISION AND SAFETY

Adult supervision is required at all times with the following adult-to-student ratios:

  • 1:5 for under 5s-15 year-olds
  • Students 16+ may split into groups of 6 without teacher supervision if that is in line with your school’s safeguarding practices

Please note that teachers are responsible for students’ behaviour and safety at all times. All group leaders should carry out their own risk assessment prior to their visit. At no stage can Tate assume the formal duty of care on behalf of teachers.

Tate's health and safety statement [PDF, 83kb]

We strongly recommend you visit Tate Modern in advance to check the suitability of the artworks for your group. You can also use our teaching resources to plan your visit to the gallery.

GALLERY GUIDELINES

Visitor numbers are being carefully managed to ensure that your visit is as safe and comfortable as possible. There are increased cleaning regimes in high use areas and protective screens on desks and counters. We are only accepting card or contactless payments and have installed hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the gallery.

When you visit:

  • Keep your distance from others
  • Follow the one-way route
  • Act on any guidance our team may give you
  • Limit your party to 1 adult per 5 students or 6 students over the age of 16

Although face coverings are no longer mandatory, we are asking that face coverings be worn by everyone over the age of 12, apart from those who are exempt. Not all exemptions are visible so please be understanding of others.

Most importantly if you are feeling unwell, help keep everyone safe by staying at home.

For more information take a look through our frequently asked questions.

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