Private Pera Museum Istanbul (Where, What to See? Entrance Fee)

Istanbul Pera Museum is a private museum that was founded by the Suna and Inan Kirac Foundation on 2005. The museum is located at Tepebasi, near Taksim, in an impressive historical building that was originally conceived as the Bristol Hotel. The museum showcases high quality culture and art services to its visitors such as paintings, tiles and ceramics.

The museum also made joint projects with the leading international museums, collections, and foundations and exhibited many collections such as Jean Dubuffet, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rembrandt, Niko Pirosmani, Josef Koudelka, Joan Miró, Akira Kurosawa, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Fernando Botero, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Goya.

About the Museum

Nestled in the historic quarter of Tepebaşı, the museum resides in a building with a fascinating past. Originally conceived as the Bristol Hotel by architect Achille Manoussos, the formidable task of its renovation fell to restorer and architect Sinan Genim in 2003. Genim not only successfully modernized the interior but also preserved the exterior façade, a testament to Istanbul’s architectural legacy.

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Collections That Speak Volumes

Pera Museum boasts three permanent collections — “Orientalist Paintings,” “Anatolian Weights and Measures,” and “Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics” — curated to not only showcase aesthetic beauty but also to engage in a dialogue about the values and identities they represent. Through exhibitions, publications, audio-visual events, learning activities, and academic works, the museum endeavors to transmit the significance of these collections to future generations.

International Artistic Dialogues

With collaborations with leading international institutions like Tate Britain, Victoria and Albert Museum, St. Petersburg Russian State Museum, and many more, Pera Museum has introduced Turkish audiences to a myriad of internationally acclaimed artists, ranging from Jean Dubuffet to Frida Kahlo, creating a vibrant tapestry of artistic diversity.

Nurturing Young Talent

Pera Museum, since its inception, actively collaborates with national and international institutions to hold exhibitions that support emerging artists. Complementing its seasonal programs, Pera Film offers a diverse range of screenings, from classics to documentaries, aligning with the themes of temporary exhibitions.

A Cultural Hub

Pera Museum has emerged as a distinguished cultural center in Istanbul, offering a dynamic blend of art, history, and education. Its commitment to fostering artistic dialogues and nurturing the next generation of talent solidifies its place as a cornerstone in Istanbul’s cultural landscape. Visit Pera Museum and embark on a journey through time, art, and the diverse tapestry of human creativity.

What’s Inside

You’ll see fantastic and lively permanent collections that include:

  • Orientalist Paintings (oil and watercolor paintings, ornamental art, and engravings from 17th to early 20th century),
  • Anatolian Weights and Measures (over 10,000 objects dating from the prehistory to present day Anatolia),
  • Kutahya Tiles and Ceramics (famous Kutahya tiles and ceramics from the 18th to 20th centuries),
  • Photography Collection (over 7.000 photographs of Istanbul from the 19th and 20th centuries),
  • Various exhibitions, publications, audio-visual events and educational activities.

The Tortoise Trainer

The world famous early 20th century oil on canvas “The Tortoise Trainer”, by the famous painter Osman Hamdi Bey’s is exhibited at the Pera Museum.



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Pera Film

The museum offers monthly programs, a wide range of screenings extending from classic and experimental cinema, animation, documentaries to short films and video art screenings. You can catch them at the Istanbul Pera Museum Auditorium. The screenings can be seen with a discounted museum ticket. Films are shown with Turkish subtitles. See the current program from peramuseum.org/FilmProgram

Pera Café: A Culinary Retreat

Styled as an art deco café reminiscent of the historic Bristol Hotel, the Pera Café offers Museum visitors a haven to relax and socialize. The diverse menu spans salads, sandwiches, special pastas, and delectable pastries. Occasionally, in sync with temporary exhibitions, Pera Café crafts special menus featuring thematic world cuisines.

Artshop: Remembrance in Art

Since the inception of Pera Museum, Artshop has been a treasure trove, featuring specially designed products and an array of publications. It’s a place where visitors can take a piece of the museum and its vibrant events home with them. Open Tuesday to Saturday (10:00 – 19:00) and Sunday (12:00 – 18:00), it takes a well-deserved break on Mondays.

Audio Guide: A Personal Art Narration

Pera Museum offers an enriching audio guide for both adults and children. Focused on the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Pera Museum’s permanent collection exhibitions, it transforms the visit into a journey of discovery through entertaining narratives.

Virtual Reality: Osman Hamdi Bey’s World

Delve into the world of Osman Hamdi Bey with Pera Museum’s Virtual Reality Experience. This immersive encounter not only introduces visitors to the revered painting “The Tortoise Trainer” but also provides a glimpse into the working environment of this iconic artist.

Whether you’re seeking a culinary delight, a piece of art to take home, an insightful audio guide, or a journey through virtual reality, Pera Museum promises a multifaceted and inclusive cultural experience.

Visiting Tips

Why is Pera Museum famous?

Pera Museum is renowned for its diverse collection of art, spanning from Anatolian and Orientalist paintings to Turkish ceramics and contemporary works. The museum, located in the vibrant Beyoğlu district, is celebrated for its commitment to showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Turkey and its dedication to promoting various forms of artistic expression. Notable exhibitions and a dynamic cultural program contribute to its fame, attracting art enthusiasts and visitors keen on exploring the multifaceted aspects of Turkish art.

Is Pera Museum worth it?

Pera Museum is indeed worth a visit for those who appreciate art, culture, and history. The museum offers a unique blend of classical and contemporary art, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the evolving narrative of Turkish creativity. The carefully curated exhibitions and the elegant setting of the museum create an enriching experience. Whether you’re interested in traditional Ottoman art or contemporary Turkish works, Pera Museum provides a captivating journey through the country’s artistic evolution. The reasonable admission fee is a worthy investment for the cultural richness and artistic diversity that Pera Museum unfolds.

Is there a dress code for Pera Museum?

There is no strict dress code for Pera Museum. Visitors are encouraged to dress comfortably and appropriately for a cultural outing. While there is no formal requirement, it’s advisable to wear attire suitable for walking and exploring the exhibitions.


How long do you spend at the Pera Museum?

The duration of your visit to Pera Museum depends on your level of interest in art and the temporary exhibitions on display. On average, visitors often spend around 1 to 2 hours exploring the museum. However, if you’re an art enthusiast or want to thoroughly engage with each exhibit, you may choose to spend more time.

What time should I visit the Pera Museum?

Pera Museum’s operating hours vary, and it’s recommended to check the official website for the most up-to-date information. Typically, museums in Istanbul are open from late morning to early evening. Visiting during weekdays or early in the day on weekends can offer a quieter and more relaxed experience.

How to get tickets for Pera Museum?

Tickets for Pera Museum can be purchased at the museum’s entrance or online through its official website. Online booking provides the convenience of skipping the ticketing queue, especially during peak visiting hours or special exhibitions.

Can you enter the Pera Museum for free?

  • Pera Museum generally charges an admission fee for visitors. However, certain promotions, discounts, or free entry days may be available.
  • Friends of Pera Museum, handicapped individuals and one companion, and children aged 12 or below can enjoy the wonders of art with waived admission charges. ICOM Cardholders, representing the International Council of Museums, also receive complimentary access.
  • Members of the press can dive into the world of art without worrying about entry fees.
  • Explore freely during Long Fridays, with doors open to all from 18:00 to 22:00.
  • Wednesdays are dedicated to empowering students, offering free admission to both Pera Museum and Pera Film screenings—an enriching midweek cultural treat for the young minds of tomorrow.

Visiting Hours & Admissions

Opening Hours

Open every day except Mondays, Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 – 19.00, Friday 10.00 – 22.00 and Sunday 12.00 – 18.00

Closed on Mondays.

Accessibility for All

Pera Museum is committed to inclusivity. Wheelchair-accessible facilities, including elevators and restrooms, cater to the needs of all visitors. Admission is complimentary for disabled visitors and one caregiver.

Ticket Price

Please double check hours and admissions from peramuseum.org

Free Admission for Special Guests:

  • Friends of Pera Museum: Enjoy free entry.
  • Handicapped Individuals and One Companion: Admission charges waived.
  • Children Aged 12 or Below: Young minds explore for free.
  • ICOM Cardholders: Members of the International Council of Museums enjoy complimentary access.
  • Members of the Press: Dive into art without an entry fee.

Long Fridays:

  • Time for Exploration: Every Friday from 18:00 to 22:00, the doors are open for all to explore Pera Museum at no cost.

Young Wednesdays:

  • Empowering Students: Wednesdays are for students. Free admission to both Pera Museum and Pera Film screenings – a midweek cultural treat.

How to Get There

Location

You’ll find the Pera Museum in the Tepebasi quarter of Beyoglu district, right down the end of the Istiklal Street. 1,1 km. from Taksim Square, and 400 meters from Tunel Square. See the location map.

Transportation

The most practical way to get to Tepebasi 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.

Check our Taksim or Galata-Karakoy pages to see how to get to Taksim or Karakoy in details.

Contact Details

Address: Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.65, 34430 Tepebasi, Beyoglu, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 334 99 00
Web: peramuseum.org


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