The rooms are arranged in chronological order, often with a theme or a focus on a particular artist. Displays are changed annually. Each room has an introductory text and each work has a short introductory caption.
- British Art 1500 -1900 (Historic Art)
- British Art 1900 - 2008 (Modern and Contemporary Art)
- Turner Collection
You can download a free iPhone Tate Britain Quiz Trail app which can be used in the gallery or from home to introduce you to themed paintings with multiple choice answers.
The broad spectrum of artworks housed at Tate Britain mean you can see old masters and Pre-Raphaelite paintings in the same building as work by modern and contemporary artists, such as Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and Rachel Whiteread. Highlights include Millais's Ophelia, Waterhouse's The Lady of Shalott and Norham Castle by Turner.
Lightbox on Level 1 is dedicated to showing a changing program of artists' film and video. There is no admission charge.
There is also a continuous program of temporary exhibitions; the largest require tickets, but many are free.
Look out for room 16 as it has a wonderful mosaic floor by Boris Anrep depicting the text of the Proverbs of Hell by William Blake. There are eight floor panels illustrating Blake's proverbs.
Also, look at the outside of the building by the Manton entrance where you can clearly see shrapnel dents from the Second World War blitz bombs.