Gallery Regulations

The following regulations apply to all Tate galleries:

Entry and Cloakroom

You may be requested to deposit briefcases, bags, sticks or umbrellas in the cloakroom. Large bags and rucksacks must be deposited in the Clore Gallery Cloakroom.

Works of art must be deposited in the cloakroom. All articles are deposited at the owner's risk.

Money and other valuables should not be left in the cloakroom.

In the interests of security visitors' bags may be searched. It may at times be necessary to close the doors of the gallery; every effort will be made to limit this inconvenience.

In the gallery / conduct

Food and drink may not be consumed in the galleries.

Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the galleries.

Mobile phones may not be used in exhibition or display areas.

Potentially harmful substances (e.g. aerosols, solvents, glues and dyes) and implements (eg. knives, scissors) must not be brought into the galleries.

Please do not touch the works of art on display.

Dogs are not admitted: guide dogs and hearing dogs for deaf people are welcome.

Sketching of artwork on display is allowed using small drawing pads, enclosed pencils or crayons. The use of charcoal, pastels, permanent markers and water or oil is not allowed in the galleries.

Please respect the rights of other visitors to quiet contemplation and study. In the case of noisy or other improper behaviour, or breach of these regulations, the offender will be liable to immediate expulsion from the gallery.

Photography and video

Photography and video filming are not normally allowed at Tate.

Permission may be granted for the purpose of private study and research if no reproduction is available and copyright law permits.

Application forms are available from the Information Desk at the main entrance of each Gallery and from the Tate Picture Library, telephone 020 7887 8890/8867.

Please note that forms take about a week to be processed.


Tate staff have the right to work in a safe environment free from violence and threatening behaviour. The police may be asked to prosecute any visitor acting in a violent or abusive way.