Record visitor figures for new Tate Modern

A record number of people have visited the new Tate Modern in its opening days, the gallery has reported.

About 143,000 visits were recorded since the gallery opened on Friday, 17 June with over 54,000 visiting the new Switch House on Saturday alone.

The extension, a 65-metre high brick tower designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron who also led the original conversion of the Bankside Power Station, increased the size of Tate Modern by 60 per cent adding more galleries, events spaces, a restaurant and a roof terrace.

Frances Morris, Director, Tate Modern said:

“We are absolutely delighted that so many visitors experienced the new galleries and performances at Tate Modern over the opening weekend.

“Although we have almost doubled the number of regular visitors to the galleries during our opening weekend, we have space for it to feel comfortable even when busy. There has been a tremendous response from the public and we look forward to welcoming many more visitors over the coming months.”

A weekend of special events was held to celebrate the opening. The centrepiece was a specially-commissioned choral work by artist Peter Liversidge. Free screenings of film and video works from Tate’s collection were held throughout each day in the newly refurbished Starr Cinema, with special events for young people and families taking place across the weekend.