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Turner Contemporary, Margate

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Art Gallery · Museum
Part of a plan to regenerate its neighborhood, Turner Contemporary was also the subject of controversy before the gallery opened its doors. Some thought that the original design would expose the valuable artwork inside to the ravages of the stormy North Sea, while the locals thought the revised design looked bleak. Eventually the gallery opened in 2011, and even with the controversy, it was well received for its extraordinary collection of British art displayed near the North Sea. Look especially for the artwork of J.M.W. Turner, the gallery's namesake. Using our online itinerary creator, Margate attractions like Turner Contemporary can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Beautiful, light, spacious and calm building. Relatively small amount on display, but all well presented, and I found something interesting in most of it (June 2021). In terms of presentation and...  more »
  • Having heard about how this gallery had helped rejuvenate Margate, i had high expectations prior to my visit. Regretfully, however, i was left underwhelmed from my visit. The gallery is free, so i.....  more »
  • This was an excellent and varied Exhibition that clearly must have taken at least a couple of years to put together. I encouraged a small group of WI Ladies to join me on this trip, each of whom thoroughly enjoyed it and thanked me for the idea of going. Made all the more enjoyable by coffee then light lunch in Restaurant.
  • Toilets are nice.....lift is huge.....view is nice......however the theme was seaside when we went. It was full of family photos, which is lovely if they are your family if not then rubbish! Perhaps it's a matter of taste. Cafe is really expensive.
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