Intended as a separate gallery for international modern and contemporary art in London, the Tate Modern (see below) has hosted more than 40 million visitors since it opened in May 2000.
The site of the Tate Modern is the former Bankside Power Station which was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. The power station included an impressive turbine hall, 35 metres high and 152 metres long, with a boiler house alongside and a single chimney.
The Tate Modern is one of the UK’s top three tourist attractions and provides around £100 million in economic benefits to London every year.
The Tate Modern showcases works of international modern and contemporary art dating from 1900 to the present. The permanent collection is displayed on levels three and five of the building, while level four hosts larger temporary exhibitions and a smaller space on level two houses work by contemporary artists.
Among the works to be viewed at the Tate Modern is Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds 2010 which is made up of 10 tonnes of individually sculpted and painted seeds.
Visitors to the Tate Modern may also want to visit other nearby attractions including St Paul's Cathedral or Westminster Abbey.
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