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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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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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34 reviews 34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Was well beyond expectations. Some great exhibitions. Nice space. Good restaurant / cafe with great views across Bosphorous. Only criticism is 'security staff' could be more friendly!! :-)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

This what I look for in modern art museum - works that are stimulating, addressing modern issues in sometimes witty, sometimes arresting ways. Most importantly of all for me is that you can see a unique national response to common artistic themes. There are a few international artists represented here but I enjoyed discovering new names in the art world... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Istanbul Modern is a wonderful space for modern art with wonderful light, until...........a giant cruise liner berths beside it. This really shouldn't be allowed and I hope the gallery management are objecting strongly. The city should have more pride in one of their great assets than to allow this to happen. Many of the pictures and installations are of high... More

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Istanbul
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Istanbul Modern is more than a modern art gallery. There are attractions for the children as well. If you want to spend a few hours with your young children, that's the place to go. It also has a very good restaurant with the panorama of the Bosphorus and the Topkapi Palace provided that no monster passenger boat is moored right... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This is one of the better modern art galleries, with an electic mix of media, including sculpture, photography, painting, film and audio. It makes for a really interesting few hours out of the hustle and bustle of Istanbul's hectic traffic. And to make things better, the Modern's restaurant is excellent - probably the best views in city from the terrace,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We have been to the Istanbul Modern many times, most recently a few days ago. The art selection is pretty amazing, given that their artists are relatively unknown outside of the country. But the restaurant is truly amazing: this time we had to eat indoors because it was too crowded on the deck, but usually we eat outside and the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

If you want to have a break from the Byzantine and Ottoman sights and get some insight into Modern Turkish art visit Istanbul Modern. There are some foreign artists featured, but the bulk of the exhibition is Turkish art. Short movies and temporary exhibits are also shown, as are feature films (check times and days). This is unrelated, but 100... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I have never missed an opportunity to visit this museum whenever in town and over the years, this has proven to be the most worthwhile experience in the city. The museum contains a comprehensive overview of Turkish art, organized in a well-curated, labeled and analyzed collection. It's a very enjoyable trip in time which in itself takes about an hour... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

If you enjoy exploring provocative and inspiring themes, the contemporary work featured here is powerful and wonderful. It's not a large space and can be enjoyed in an afternoon. I spent two hours before closing here but could have spent my whole day here if I had more time in Istanbul than only 2 full days. Admission was 17TL. Closed... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Talking about art is rarely a good thing so I'll keep it brief. If you like modern art galleries then you must visit this gallery. It excels across a number of mediums: the photography is thought provoking; the video installations captivating; and the paintings strikingly fresh.

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