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    by breughel Updated Oct 22, 2013

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    Tate Britain exists since 1897 under the name of Tate Gallery and displays in 35 rooms a complete collection of British art from 1500 to present day, with painters as important for the UK as Gainsborough, Hogarth, Sargent, Constable, Whistler and Turner.
    The amateur of paintings will find here a display in a chronologic way of the British school through the centuries. I especially liked a number of works from Sargent, Whistler and Millais. Unfortunately I can show no photos, because photography was prohibited at the time of my visit. Photography is now allowed in the main galleries but not in the paying exhibitions.

    Tate Britain has the largest collection of works by William Turner in the world. A large part of the museum (10 rooms) shows works from this painter whose style varied very much through his career.
    It was my second visit to this museum and it confirmed my impression that the British school was well behind the Italian, Dutch, Flemish or French painters.
    Furthermore some highlights of this school, like famous paintings by John Constable or William Turner, are at the National Gallery and not at Tate.

    Open: daily 10.00 - 17.50 h .(last admission 17.00 h).
    Free except special exhibitions

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    by Regina1965 Updated Dec 30, 2012

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    Tate Britain contains the largest collection of British art and here one can see more than 500 years of British artwork, 70.000 artwork by 3.000 artists - amazing.

    Here is the largest collection of the paintings of the famous JMW Turner in the world, there is a special section at the gallery displaying his work only. The collection is amazing. I had not seen his work before and had repeatedly seen his name while visiting other museums and galleries in London, so I was thrilled to see this large collection of his amazing work.

    At the gallery are paintings by Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Dame Barbara Hepworth and Damien Hirst to name same. Also Whistler, Sargent, Sickert, Van Dyck, Millais, Constable, Gainsborough and Hogarth.

    Unfortunately at the time I was visiting some of the show-rooms were closed, but the other ones more than made up for it. There are some fantastic paintings in here.

    The first show-room I entered blew my mind, I did not want to leave, I drank in every painting and then just sat down reduced to tears. They are all about great emotions, I have added 2 of them, waiting for the verdict - then after the verdict, not guilty. The emotions in these paintings are incredible - and the same can be said about every painting in this room. One is of a little girl lying in the grass, after her innocence had been taken away from her, another one of a Beefeater guard on his last day of work etc. If this were the only show-room at Tate Britain I would have left satisfied. But there is so much more in this beautiful big building housing Tate Britain.

    Most of the collection is free to public, but one has to buy a ticket to special exhibitions.

    The museum is open Saturday-Thursday from 10:00-18:00. On Fridays from 10:00-22:00.
    Many national museums are open until 22:00 on Fridays.

    Admission: free.

    Photographs are allowed, but without flash.

    Highly recommended when visiting London.

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    by zadunajska8 Written Jan 1, 2012

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    The Tate Britain is the gallery which hosts art by British artists on the banks of the Thames. In it's Pimlico location the building itself is just what you would expect of British Imperial pride in building. I'd imagined that this museum would be filled with dark old paintings, all very old fashioned and traditional, whilst the newer, swankier stuff was in the Tate Modern.

    I was wrong.

    The Tate Britain actually has quite a large part of the gallery space devoted to modern art from British artists as well as still giving space to classical artists such as Turner.

    The gallery is free to enter but there are charges for temporary exhibitions (and these can be considerable) and donations are invited. The cafe on the lowest level of the building does some great and imaginative sandwiches with prices that remind you that this is central London.

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    The home of British art

    by viddra Written Aug 31, 2011
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    The Tate Gallery houses the collection of British painting from the Renaissance to the present. Here, you can admire the works of Constable, Blake, Turner, Millais and many others.

    The collection was started in the 1890s by the sugar magnate, Sit Henry Tate, thus the name.

    Opening times:
    Daily 10-18 (last admission 17.15)
    Last Friday of every month 10-22 (last admission 20.30)

    Only temporary exhibitions are charged.

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    by mindcrime Updated Apr 10, 2011

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    Tate Britain is a top class museum, one of the old ones (it’s there since 1897, it was called Tate Gallery first) with an amazing collection that covers the last 6 centuries focusing of the british art. Henry Tate was a millionaire of the late 19th century (due to sugar export) that donated the Gallery.

    Although I enjoyed many paintings here, especially the huge collection of William Turner I have to admit that I had the feeling that british art wasn’t as impressive as others (Flemish, Italian etc) and I have a feeling that many people may get bored as there are not the usual highlights that attract a lot of visitors (but that’s good for you, isn’t it?)

    One thing I liked here was that I could follow the paintings in chronologically order. I have to return again some day because I only saw the surface of this huge collection

    It is open daily 10.00-18.00 and there’s no entrance fee

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    by spidermiss Written Aug 7, 2010

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    Tate Britain houses the largest British art collection spanning over 500 years. These include works from Gainsborough, Turner, Constable, Hogarth and many others.

    Tate Britain house special exhbitions throughout the year and there are free guided tours and multimedia guides (at a charge) available.

    On my visit (July 2010), I saw the planes sculptures by Fiona Banner, an artist, which were housed in the Duveen Galleries. The planes were impressive and the reflections from the models were even more so where there were opportunities to take some refelctive photos.

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    by alyf1961 Written Nov 28, 2008

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    The building, opened in 1897, was paid for by Henry Tate [sugar millionaire] who also donated his collection of Victorian pictures.
    The gallery holds a collection of British art from 1500 to the present day.
    The permanent exhibition is arranged chronologically.
    There are works within the gallery from artists such as Henry Moore, Waterhouse, J M W Turner, Constable and David Hockney.
    My favourite piece of art at the gallery is J.W.Waterhouse’s the lady of shalott. Painted in 1888.

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    British art treasures

    by toonsarah Written May 10, 2008

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    There are two Tate Galleries in London – this one in Pimlico focuses on British art, as the name suggests, while the Tate Modern, on Bankside, also lives up to its name by focusing on modern art.

    To be precise, the collection at Tate Britain covers British art from 1500 to the present day. Highlights include Pre-Raphaelite treasures such as Millais's Ophelia, Waterhouse's The Lady of Shalott, a wonderful collection of Turners (including several of Venice which I love), quintessentially English landscapes by John Constable and disturbing scenes of divine retribution by William Blake, and more modern works by David Hockney and Francis Bacon. The sculpture on display includes work by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

    One thing I really like is that the paintings and other works are always well-captioned here, so even if you don’t know a lot about a particular artist you will learn a lot from your viewing. There are some good free leaflets available in the entrance hall which will point you towards some special items – great if you don’t have a lot of time available. There is also a programme of special exhibitions, including each year the entrants for the Turner Prize.

    The gallery has a self-service café which sells drinks and light meals, and a more formal restaurant which I’ve heard is very good though I’ve never eaten there myself.

    Admission is free, although is usually a charge for the special exhibitions. Open daily 10.00 AM – 5.50 PM, and until 10.00 PM on the first Friday of every month.

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    British Art from 1500 to the present day

    by Obak81 Written Mar 29, 2008

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    Tate Britain is one of Londons mayor art galleries. There are three floors with exhibitions, with two entrances to the first floor and the main entrance up the stairs to the second "main" floor.
    The first and third floor are primarily used to exhibit special collections, be it a specific painter or a given school of painters.
    The second floor is home to the permanent exhibitions with a myriad of rooms each with its own themes. Most of the rooms are connected to several other of the rooms and you can lay many routes depending on your interests or alternatively just wander around.

    Finally as many other cultural attractions in London entrance to the Tate Britain is free of charge so its also a good choice for the budget traveler.

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    by Jim_edmonds177 Written Dec 20, 2007

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    A gallery that contains the arts of over a 1000 years ago, there were several in particular that we couldn't get our eyes off, it was really interesting to see for sure! Changes occur at all times and you will be surprised at the beauty you'll see coming in every year, one of the things I liked about it was the changes they had made over the years and Dennis did bring that to my attention, you can learn much more prior to making out your plans about this amazing place on their website that is listed below

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    Tate Britain

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Sep 6, 2007

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    ... no it`s not where the sliced shark is on display, that`s Tate Modern. Tate Britain features some of the best british painters from 17th century till 19th century and can easily compete with the National Gallery. In fact it would be a serious mistake to leave out Tate Britain just because you have already been to the National Gallery. I especially like the Pre-Raffaellite masterpieces Tate Britain has on display.

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    by Sjalen Written May 4, 2007

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    One of the most famous art museums in the World, and the original in what is now quite a large Tate family all over Britain. Various controversial exhibitions has been held here throughout its history and there is always something new going on so check the website below. Its permanent collection holds a huge amount of famous Turner paintings and many Constable gems as well as Francis Bacon and much more.

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    by TempNomad Written Aug 22, 2006

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    I would go to the Tate Britain just to see the Pre-Raphaelites. But then, I'm all loopy for their hazy version of events. We were a bit overwhelmed because we'd come from the Tate Modern and it was miserable, rainy day with a very round-about bus ride - but the museum made it all worth it. The cafe wasn't bad either!

    I like the way the rooms are divided - some by artistic group and some by subject.

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    by fishandchips Updated Aug 17, 2006

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    The Tate is a good gallery with a major focus on British painters. The gallery is one four Tate galleries which display selections from the Tate Collection spread over the Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives in Cornwell.

    The main group of paintings comprises focuses on British art from the year 1500 to the present day. There is a large area dedicated to Turner with works by Gainsborough, Reynolds, Stubbs, Blake, and Constable.

    The shop here is excellent having a fantastic selection of art books, tee shirts and postcards of your favourite painting.

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    by iandsmith Updated Aug 16, 2006

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    The imposing neo classical facade

    Turner paintings! If you've never seen a Turner seascape or landscape then by the time you leave here you'll by overdosed. He left a huge amount of his work and thus the Tate scored over 300 oils and, wait for it, over 19,000 watercolours by this prolific artist. There are many other fine works, such as La Thangue's 'Return of the Reapers'; 'Ophelia' by Sir John Everett Millais (the model caught a severe cold after modelling in a bath); Edward Burra's unique works and several fine sculptures, including Henry Moore's famous 'Recumbent Figure'. A bizarre anecdote about this is that it was shipped to New York during the war to save it from the ravages of bombs only to have its head knocked off by a vandal in America! My most memorable piece was a dramatic alabaster piece by Sir Jacob Epstein called 'Jacob and the Angel' - love it or hate it, you won't be able to ignore it!
    Gainsborough, Constable, Hogarth and Stubbs also have quality works on show
    Sugar baron Henry Tate 1819-1899 was behind this bequest.

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