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Istanbul Modern, also called as Istanbul Museum of Modern Art is the first private museum of Turkey that hosts modern and contemporary art exhibitions. One of the best museums in Istanbul especially for modern art lovers. The museum was founded in 2004 in Karakoy by the Bosphorus shore, on a 8,000 square meters site. The museum has recently become Turkey’s most popular and distinguished modern art museum.
Important Notice: Istanbul Modern has moved to its temporary space (since 2018 for 3 years) in Beyoglu (Address: Asmalımescit Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Caddesi, No:99, Beyoglu), and will continue hosting all exhibitions and events until its new building in Karakoy is completed in 2021.
You’ll see permanent and temporary exhibitions from the early 20th century to the present day, a photography gallery, and several areas for educational and social programs.
Abstract art works, landscape paintings and watercolor works are among the best works.
Most of the works exhibited in the museum are the private collection of the Eczacıbaşı family, a famous Turkish family, as well as the founder of the museum.
The museum also hosts a cinema, a restaurant, a design store and an extensive library for its visitors.
There are also temporary exhibitions and events held at the Istanbul Modern. See the current exhibitions from istanbulmodern.org/en/exhibitions/
Istanbul Modern offers monthly programs, at least one distinctive film on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. See the cinema program from istanbulmodern.org/en/cinema/
Istanbul Modern has a great library with a collection of 11,500 books in Turkish and foreign languages, as well as subscriptions to 24 periodical titles.
You can take a break and relax at the museum’s Coffee Manifesto. You can enjoy variety of coffee flavors made from freshly ground beans.
You can purchase; collection of gifts, including art publications, objects for home and office, books and entertaining objects for children, as well as jewelry, stationery, and accessories by well-known designers.
Visiting Hours & Admissions
Open every day except Mondays from:
- 10:00-18:00 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday)
- 10:00-20:00 (Thursday)
- 11:00-18:00 (Sunday)
Closed on Mondays.
Museum is closed on the first day of religious holidays (Ramadan and Sacrifice feast), as well as January 1st. See Turkey’s public holidays
Adult: 72 TL
How to Get to Istanbul Modern
You’ll find the Istanbul Modern (temporary location until 2021) in the Asmalimecit quarter of Beyoglu district, right down the end of the Istiklal Street. 1,3 km. from Taksim Square, and 600 meters from Tunel Square. See the location map.
The most practical way to get to Asmalimecit quarter is via walking down from the Istiklal Street or up from the Tunel Sqaure. You should get to Taksim or Tunel square.
- Take funicular from Karakoy to Tunel.
- Take funicular from Kabatas to Taksim.
- From Sultanahmet take the Bagcilar-Kabatas tram (T1 line) to reach Karakoy or Kabatas.
- Yenikapi-Taksim-Haciosman M2 Metro line and hop off at the Sishane stop, and walk
- If you stay at the Taksim hotels, than you easily walk to the museum.
Temporary Address: Asmalımescit Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Caddesi, No:99, Beyoglu
Tel: +90 212 334 73 00
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