Turner Contemporary

Turner Contemporary is the southeast's major art gallery, presenting contemporary and historical art in a stunning seaside setting. Inspired by Britain's best-loved painter JMW Turner, the gallery offers a space for everyone to discover different ways of seeing, thinking and learning.

Situated on Margate seafront, on the same site where Turner stayed when visiting the town, Turner Contemporary presents a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities which make intriguing links between art from 1750 to the present day. At least one Turner work is on show at all times, whether a sketchbook study or dedicated exhibition.

Admission to the gallery is free and we also offer a cafe and shop for visitors to enjoy. 

Discover more about JMW Turner's connections with Margate and see some of the locations associated with the artist through the Magical Margate Walk

Accessibility Statement

2017/18 Exhibitions Programme
• Jean Arp: The Poetry of Forms 13 October – 14 January 2018
• Tracey Emin, My Bed and JMW Turner, Petworth 13 October – 14 January 2018
• John Davies 14 November – February 2018

Opening Times

Autumn/Winter/Spring 10am-5pm; Summer 10am-6pm
Open Tuesday - Sunday and Bank Holidays
Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays


  • Guided tours
  • Audio tours
  • Groups welcome
  • Conference / Meeting facilities
  • Free wi-fi
  • Gift shop
  • Restaurant / Cafe / Tea shop