Where to Start

What's on for families at Tate Modern

From regular daily and weekend activities to special events in the school holidays, find out what’s on for families

Family Map

Let your kids lead. Find your way round Tate Modern with the family map

Start Display

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

Get Exploring

Climb to the very top of Tate Modern

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

Doodle at the Drawing Bar

Feeling inspired? Get sketching at the Bloomberg digital drawing bar and see what your designs look like on our walls.

Explore the story of modern art

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

Commonly asked questions

How much does it cost to visit?

Admission to Tate Modern is free, except for special exhibitions. Become a Tate Member and get free entry to all special exhibitions.

Under 12s go free (up to four per parent or guardian) and family tickets are available (two adults and two children 12–18 years) – see individual exhibitions for more information.

Visitors with a disability pay a concessionary rate, and carers' entrance is free.

Where can I leave my buggy?

Our cloakroom has free buggy parking on Level 0, Natalie Bell Building.

All entrances are accessible with a buggy.

Where are the lockers and cloakroom?

  • The cloakroom is located on level 0 Natalie Bell Building. The service is free of charge
  • You may be requested to leave briefcases, bags or umbrellas in the cloakroom
  • Buggies can also be stored there, subject to space availability
  • Self-service lockers are located in the Tanks lobby on Level 0 Blavatnik Building
  • The use of the lockers is free of charge with the requirement of a £1 deposit
  • Bags larger than cabin bag size (55cm x 40cm x 20cm), sports or recreational equipment (musical instruments), large wheelie bags or boxes are not permitted into the gallery
  • Foldable bicycles, large skate boards and child or adult scooters are permitted into the building but must be deposited in the cloakroom.

Where can I breastfeed?

You can breastfeed wherever you feel comfortable, for privacy head to the baby-changing facilities which are located on the Level 0, Natalie Bell Building.

Where are the baby-changing facilities?

The Baby Care Room is located on Level 0 Natalie Bell Building. Additional nappy-changing facilities are available in all toilets on each floor.

Where can I eat?

  • The Kitchen and Bar on Level 6 Natalie Bell Building and the Restaurant on Level 9 Blavatnik Building are both accessible via lifts. Both have waiter service
  • Café on level 1 Natalie Bell Building and the Terrace Bar on Level 1 Blavatnik Building are accessible from street level.
  • The Espresso Bar on Level 3 Natalie Bell Building is accessible via lifts in the Natalie Bell Building.

Are there any activities for children?

​© Lucy Dawkins, Tate Photography 2016

​© Lucy Dawkins, Tate Photography 2016

Pick up an activity for free in the Clore Welcome Room on Level 0, Natalie Bell Building.

Collect a Time-traveller paper resource to visit Tate's Blavatnik Building in the Year 3000.

Alternatively, borrow a collection case which includes curious objects and words to encourage exploring with your family. Carry it around the gallery and see what you can find. The collection case has been inspired by the Materials and Objects display on Level 4 of the Natalie Bell building.

Things to do

Go on a sound journey

Get out your mobile phone or tablet and check out these Sonic Trails.

Click play and go on a sound journey through the gallery. Experiment, slow down and explore with others.

A Wild Chase by Emiliano Zelada lets you explore a natural soundscape within the industrial architecture of Tate Modern.

Each track is assigned a level of Tate Modern and the escalators between floors.

Games to play in the gallery

Families in the Turbine Hall

Families in the Turbine Hall © Tate

You don’t need to be an expert to look at or talk about art. Don’t feel you have to ‘get it’ to enjoy it – take whatever you like from a piece.

You and your family can try these activities in any of the galleries. Remember it's ok to talk at Tate! It's ok to make some noise!

Strike a pose

Get your child to secretly choose an artwork with a person in it. Once they have looked carefully at the pose, find a space in the room and encourage them to try to recreate the pose. The rest of the group can then try and spot the artwork the pose came from

Give us a clue

Encourage your child to find a portrait in the gallery that reminds them of someone in your group; someone famous; someone you all know (perhaps a neighbour or a friend). With the help of clues, the rest of the group can guess the chosen person

See it from their perspective

Get down to your child’s height and see what they see. The change in eye-level might make you think and feel differently

We encourage young people to explore art and idea to take ownership of the gallery.

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