Getting to know... Tate Britain

Find out more about the six Museum of the Year finalists with our weekly Q&As. This time, Tate Britain talks renovation, transformation and being home to art of the nation.


Name: Tate Britain, although I used to be called the Tate Gallery.

Age: I’ll be 117 years old on 21 July.

Describe yourself in three words: Classical, beautiful, unexpected.

What’s new with you? Lots – the last three years have been very busy. I've been through a series of renovations, including new gallery spaces and learning areas, a rehang of the collection, restoration of the central rotunda and the circular balcony was opened to Tate members for the first time since the 1920s.

What is your most treasured possession? My collection, which makes me the home of British art!

Is there a museum/gallery pet? If bees can be classed as pets, then, yes: there are hives on the roof, and the honey is sometimes sold in the Tate shops.

I shouldn't leave without experiencing... The BP Walk through British Art, which chronicles British art from the 1500s to the present day.

You have a museum crush on... I’ve had a crush on the Neues Museum in Berlin, ever since they inspired our new labelling system.

You’re most happy when… I'm full of people finding old friends in the collection, as well as discovering new ones.

What do you most like about your appearance? The artist commissions that were made to celebrate my recent transformation - Richard Wright’s handmade glass window in the Millbank Foyer and Alan Johnston’s ceiling drawing for the Djanogly Café. Try to spot them next time you visit!

This year you’re excited about... The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free that opens this autumn, as well as the Turner Prize, which returns to Tate Britain after its year in Derry-Londonderry.

If I was named Museum of the Year I would... Be delighted!

Visit Tate Britain's Museum of the Year page.

Venue details

Tate Britain Millbank Greater London SW1P 4RG 020 7887 8888

Entry details

50% off with National Art Pass

Daily, 10am 6pm (last admission 5.15pm) Closed 24 26 Dec

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