The agenda between Tate Modern and the Museum of London were very different. The Tate had different galleries on themes relevant to today’s society, while the London Museum painted a picture of the lifetime of London. The London Museum worked to recreate the past, while the Tate acted as a new way of looking, particularly toward the future. The Tate wasn’t particularly era-centered, while the London Museum categorized all its pieces by eras.

The London Museum began with the area around the Thames 800,000 years ago and moved through time to today. The Tate’s galleries weren’t meant to be moved through as a timeline. Within the Tate there was a series of escalators between floors. The escalators were placed in open rooms, with sitting spaces and spaces with interactive media. Any entrance to any exhibit was a conscious choice, usually informed by the description of the exhibit outside the door.

Also, the exhibits within the Tate seemed less permanent, more fluid and alive. I don’t know if I understood this correctly, but it seemed like a lot of the galleries were for traveling exhibits. The London Museum on the other hand, looked like it had a fairly permanent set. The final room in this museum, with the photographs, looked like a changing exhibit. However, this gallery was set apart from the main exhibit, and took a bit of wandering to get to. With the Tate, the traveling exhibits, particularly the ones expected to be more popular, are on the lower floors. The Tate seems to be more alive than the Museum of London, however fascinating the exhibits in both are.

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