a visitor staff member waves in the gallery

Before you visit Tate Modern you need to book a ticket.

You can book your ticket on our website.

You can book your ticket over the phone on + 44 (0)20 7887 8888.

Tickets are free, but you may have to pay for some exhibitions.

a person stands and looks at a piece of art

Yinka Shonibare
The British Library 2014 (detail)
© Yinka Shonibare CBE

Tate Modern is open every day, apart from 24–26 December when we are closed.

You can visit us from 10.00–18.00.

It is quietest at the start and end of the day.

You can call us on +44 (0)20 7887 8888 to find out:

  • how busy the gallery will be that day

  • what the quietest time slot will be

a parent and child wearing face coverings walking into the gallery.

Make sure you bring your face mask.

Please wear a face mask in the gallery and the shop, unless you are exempt.

icon of hand santiser

There are hand sanitisers for you to use in the gallery.

You can bring your own if you prefer.

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There is a cloakroom on Level 0 of the Natalie Bell Building.

You can store your items there whilst you explore the gallery.

Card machine and a sign saying please use contactless payments.

You can only pay by card or contactless in the gallery.

You may want to buy food or something from the shop.

photograph of tate modern from across the river

Tate Modern is a big building in London next to the River Thames.

It is an art gallery. Inside you can see art from artists around the world.

Turbine Hall entrance
A member of Tate security staff inside the Gallery.

There is one entrance via the Turbine Hall.

You can go down the slope or steps to this entrance and through the doors.

You might have to queue outside whilst our staff space out visitors.

As you enter you will see a security staff member.

They wear hi-vis jackets and keep the gallery safe.

ticket queue inside the Turbine Hall.
A visitor having their ticket scanned by a member of staff.

Inside the gallery there are arrows printed on the floor.

Follow the arrows to one of the ticket booths.

A member of staff will scan your ticket.

You can show your ticket printed or on your mobile phone.

The ticket desk at Tate Modern.

If you would like to buy an exhibition ticket on the day, you can visit our ticket desk.

The desk is on Level 0, next to the Blavatnik Building entrance.

people in the turbine hall

Photo: © Rikard Österlund

some children play in the turbine hall

Photo: © Rikard Österlund

Inside is a big space called the Turbine Hall. It can be busy with people. There might be families visiting. Sounds echo a lot.

At the moment there is an exhibition in the Turbine Hall. It involves changing smells and floating machines. You can find out more about it on this exhibition page.

In the gallery are free art displays and paid exhibitions. These change, so you might see something different every time you visit.

Some areas can get crowded and noisy, but other parts of the gallery are quiet.

a person stands in a black t-shirt and wears a lanyard around their next saying 'tate'

This is a visitor assistant. They wear a black uniform and an orange lanyard with 'Tate staff' written on it.

You can ask visitor assistants:

  • for help or information

  • to take you to a quieter space

  • for ear defenders*

  • for magnifiers and coloured overlays*

* Ask for these at the entrance of the In the Studio display, Level 2 Natalie Bell Building.

Entrance to the Natalie Bell building.
Entrance to the Blavatnik building.
floor plan of Tate Modern pritned on the wall.

From the Turbine Hall, you can enter the Natalie Bell Building and the Blavatnik Building.

There are floor plans on the walls or you can download the gallery map.

stairs
a pair of esculators in the gallery space with arrows on the floor
an overview of about six lifts

There are stairs.

There are escalators.

There are lifts.

You may have to queue to use the lifts.

gallery visitors walk through a set of doors and a corridor with markings on the floor

On Level 4, there is a bridge connecting the two buildings.

people stand in front of an art installation

Yinka Shonibare
The British Library 2014
© Yinka Shonibare CBE

two people stand in a dark room with a artwork

Peter Sedgley
Colour Cycle III 1970
© Peter Sedgley. Photo: © Rikard Österlund

You will see different types of art. There are sculptures, paintings, films and installations throughout the gallery.

Some spaces can be dark, some spaces can be light.

There might be text on the walls to help explain the art. If the text is too small for you, ask staff for a magnifier. Large print guides for exhibitions can be collected at the exhibition entrances.

a person draws on a digital screen

Draw on digital screens and see your artwork projected onto the wall. This is located in the Natalie Bell building, Level 1.

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You cannot touch the artworks.

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You cannot eat in the gallery.

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You cannot drink in the gallery.

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You can take photos without a flash.

In some exhibitions you cannot take any photos. You can check with a member of staff before you enter.

two visitors stand and look at a painting, there is a barrier around it

Ellen Gallagher
Bird in Hand 2006
© Ellen Gallagher. Photo: © Rikard Österlund

a no flash photography icon sits on a wall with artwork behind it

Edward Ruscha
Artists Who Make “Pieces” 1976
© Ed Ruscha

Look out for markings on the floor or wire barriers around some artworks. This is so you do not get too close to the art.

The wire barriers may make a sound if they are crossed. This is to help you know to step back.

The Quiet room on level 4. A room with blue walls and two chairs.
Panic button in the quiet room on level 4.

A quiet room is available with dimmable lights.

It is in the Natalie Bell Building on Level 4, inside the Materials and Objects display.

Inside are two soft chairs for you to sit on. There is a panic alarm if you need any help.

Sign for the toilets.
signs for toilets with writing on the wall

There are accessible toilets on each floor. You will find them by looking for this sign on the wall.

the inside of a changing places accessible toilet. The room includes a hoist.

There is a Changing Places toilet on Level 0 Natalie Bell Building.

You need a RADAR key to use this toilet. This is available from the ticket desks on Level 0.

two people sit on sofas outside the Clore hub space. The space has open doors and a digital screen beside it with children's drawings on it and the words 'Tate Kids'
a toddler stands by their pram and holds an art resource called 'buggy walk'

The Clore Hub is a space for families. It is on Level 0, next to the cloakroom.

In here artists have made different activities for you. You can take them with you to help you explore the gallery.

There are a lot of benches here where you can sit down and relax.

Printed sign for the Espresso Bar.

There is an Espresso Bar on Level 3 of the Natalie Bell Building.

In the Espresso Bar there are:

  • A selection of hot and cold drinks.

  • A water dispenser for you to fill up your own bottle.

  • Sandwiches, salads and snacks.

Cafe staff behind the counter.
Tables in the Espresso Bar.

You can order at the counter. The person behind the counter will give you a number on a stand.

Take the stand with you to your table and the staff will bring your order to you.

You can take your face mask off once you are seated. You can only eat food that is bought in the café here.

It can be crowded and noisy some of the time, especially at lunchtime.

a person walks around the Tate shop

Photo: © Rikard Österlund

There are three shops in the gallery. All of the shops are on Level 1.

The Terrace shop is the biggest. It sells books, prints and gifts. It is in the Blavatnik Building.

The River Shop sells lots of things for kids. It is in the Natalie Bell building.

The Tate Edit shop sells limited editions. It is outside of the gallery by the Natalie Bell exit.

a person walks through some automatic doors

When you are ready to leave, there is an exit in the Natalie Bell building on Level 1.

We hope you enjoy your visit.