Tate Modern is housed in the former Bankside Power Station, which was originally designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the architect of Battersea Power Station, and built in two stages between 19.It is directly across the river from St Paul's Cathedral. Prior to redevelopment, the power station was a 200 m (660 ft) long, steel framed, brick clad building with a substantial central chimney standing 99 m (325 ft).
Tate Modern is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the world.
As with the UK's other national galleries and museums, there is no admission charge for access to the collection displays, which take up the majority of the gallery space, while tickets must be purchased for the major temporary exhibitions.
Many people campaigned for the building to be saved and put forward suggestions for possible new uses. In April 1994 the Tate Gallery announced that Bankside would be the home for the new Tate Modern.
In July of the same year, an international competition was launched to select an architect for the new gallery.
Tate Modern is a modern art gallery located in London.