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Tate Gallery St. Ives

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Address: Porthmeor Beach | Porthmeor Beach, St Ives TR26 1TG, England
Phone Number:
+44 1736 796226
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Tate St Ives will be closed until Friday 31st March 2017.

The refurbishment...

Tate St Ives will be closed until Friday 31st March 2017.

The refurbishment of the existing Tate St Ives building has proved more complex than anticipated. After careful consideration we have decided to continue the building work through the year and we will reopen the refurbished Tate St Ives in March 2017. We will continue work on the new galleries and building over the summer 2017. The fully completed new Tate St Ives, encompassing the existing building and the extension, will open in autumn 2017. The planned exhibition season for summer 2016, The Studio and The Sea will open to the public on Friday 31 March 2017.

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Modern art with a stunning sea view

The gallery is undergoing renovation but is well worth a visit. Great displays and friendly service.

Reviewed 4 days ago
County Wicklow, Ireland
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An interesting exhibition of modern art, stunning views over the bay from the cafe and gallery staff were friendly and helpful, well worth a visit if modern art is your thing.

Thank Emma D
County Wicklow, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The gallery is undergoing renovation but is well worth a visit. Great displays and friendly service.

Thank kanethomas
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not recommended for the ordinary man in the street! Quite a large part was unavailLable bot no price reduction.saw some sculpture most of which we did not understand. Massive canvases which anybody could have thrown paint at

1 Thank John C
TateStIves, Visitor Experience Manager at Tate Gallery St. Ives, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments following your recent visit, I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed with the experience. I assure you the original Tate St Ives building is fully open. We do however currently have an extension to the gallery under construction. Work on this extension to the original building has been ongoing for... More 

Bellingen, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This impressive building is a treasure in itself, with winding staircases and nautical theme. There are ten galleries to visit, as well as exhibitions. If you have a ticket you can upgrade it and get reduced entry to other Tate localities (Hepworth museum, for example). The gallery staff are delightful.

Thank Tim C
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What a shame! Many people will only be tempted to visit an art gallery on a rare occasion of being on holiday. A visit to the Tate St Ives will confirm their worst fears - incomprehensible modern arty-farty rubbish. It could be so different... I'm a regular visitor to art galleries and museums and was half suspecting the 'temporary exhibitions'... More 

2 Thank Karen28H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

St Ives is being badly let down by the Tate. The current exhibition has a few interesting early studio pots in one gallery but the rest is not worth the effort let alone the money. The galleries in the town have much better ceramics and paintings. Someone senior should be looking for new job.

1 Thank SteveWhite1957
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited the Tate on our recent stay in St Ives and wished we hadn't wasted our time doing so. As another reviewer said the best painting is looking out the window at the ocean! Absolutely dreadful! .........u-bends, litter tray, jackets on hooks??? Seriously, are they having a laugh? My 3 year old granddaughter has produced better works of art... More 

1 Thank 640clare
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was a wet day so we bought the joint ticket for here and the Hepworth museum. 10 exhibitions and 4 floors took us quarter of an hour. Whole wall had 'tapestries' which clearly 5 years olds had thrown paint at before adults hung them on the walls. In one area we thought someone had hung their coat - no... More 

1 Thank Kate C
St Neots, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Total waste of time and money. I've been to many art museums worldwide, large and small, and in my youth I had my work exhibited often and won some nice awards for it. I know art. This wasn't it. Juvenile works of pottery and some mildly interesting installations but, for such a nice facility, it's small and the artwork inside... More 

4 Thank Dave C
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum itself is located next to the beautiful beach and there is beautiful gallery with a sea view on the second floor. The exposition itself was mostly about pottery and some pieces of it were really impressive, especially the Californian room and a movie how pottery was made. Also the cafe on the top floor has amazing views of... More 

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