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Istanbul Modern Museum

Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi | Liman Isletmeleri Sahasi Antrepo No: 4, Istanbul 34433 , Turkey
(90-212) 334 7300
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As featured in 3 days in Istanbul
Ranked #23 of 644 attractions in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Temporary and permanent exhibition halls, photography gallery, cinema hall, video art area and new media art area make up the platform that presents... more » Owner description: Temporary and permanent exhibition halls, photography gallery, cinema hall, video art area and new media art area make up the platform that presents diverse forms of art that can be experienced at Istanbul Modern in addition to an arts library, a shop that combines design with art and its cafe and restaurant that offers its visitors a fantastic view of Istanbul. « less
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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Loved Istanbul Modern on the banks of the Bosphorus. Unlike the ancient mosques and palaces, this was relatively uncrowded when I visited. The art is wonderful, diverse and large scale. Much of it concerns the repression of women so very interesting in a country that is undergoing social conflict. Great restaurant on the balcony overlooking the river.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This proves that Istanbul is more than just mosques! Also, great place to grab lunch on the water. Like most old cities, you'll realize that all mosques/churches/museums are the same. Well, the Instanbul Modern is such a pleasant departure that talks about life in the vibrant and multilayered city in so many media. Unlike other modern museums where there's a... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Very diverse and creative, but like other reviewers, I was also impressed with the photo gallery. Humane and powerful photographs. Ordinary people of Turkey's recent history and present deserve not less attention than the glamorous imperial past.

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I am not a big fan of modern art, but I enjoy visiting modern galleries. I do believe it expresses well the spirit of the nation. Very creative, very powerfull and touching. Especially the photo galleries depict the very rare moments of rural Turkey from places you would unlikely to travel yourself... to me though it gave a very strong... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Eczacıbaşı family thanks to the contributions and hard-working curators, this Istanbul's first and only museum of Modern Art opened its doors in December 2004. A useful library, exhibition, photo gallery, sculpture courtyard, cinema, café and gift shop overlooking the Bosphorus with renovated old docks in Karaköy district, is home. This private museum of contemporary Turkish art on a lot of... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Istanbul Modern is not a huge museum but is always confronting and inspiring with its exhibitions. You can see not just west European but also many middle-eastern and eastern European originated modern art which is quite unusual and attractive to the eye. Well looked after Istanbulites are proud of their modern museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The museum is quite big and it offers a variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions. In Turkey artists are very happy to experiment with new techniques and media and in this museum the video installations are outstanding! Amazing view from the Cafeteria (in which you can drink a very good cappuccino and some prosecco from Italy)!

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Manama, Bahrain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

V interesting experience.. Especially after visiting historical landmarks like Hagia sofia, blue mosque & Topkapi Museum.. I am not follower of modern art but loved the work there ...Actually it gives completeness to your Istanbul experience of visiting earlier places...just 15 min by taxi from Sultanahmet ...It is located exactly in the middle of Sultanahment & Ortakoy from where we... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Really interesting and varied works. A beautiful water front position; spacious and beautiful building. Particularly good video installations.

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Kingston, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Our only morning of rain in Istanbul found us heading for the Museum of Modern Art. What a great decision!After negotiating the flooded parking lot via pallets that had been thoughtfully placed by museum staff, we bought our tickets, checked our rain gear, and spent a morning browsing wonderful installations, paintings, photography and videos. Descriptions are in English and help... More

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