Pera Museum
Pera Museum
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
About
Inaugurated on 8 June 2005, Pera Museum is a private museum founded by Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation with the aim of offering a broad range of high-quality culture and arts services.
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The area
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Neighborhood: Beyoglu
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
How to get there
  • Şişhane • 6 min walk
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Annette B
London, England, United Kingdom152 contributions
Feb 2023
Go and see this little Museum in Pera. 5 floors of really interesting works. The top two floors were dedicated to an artist called Paula, then art work depicting modern life and struggles in Istanbul and then the absolute MUST SEE.. the tortoise trainer...WOW!
Written February 12, 2023
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work2play_now
San Francisco, CA27 contributions
Jan 2020
The current temporary exhibit is very interesting photo log of the past and present eastern Mediterranean region. Wished they had more of Bey's works on display. Note: Paid 25TL, there's no audio guide.
Written January 23, 2020
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archil a
Tbilisi, Georgia753 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
The museum stands out for its world-class collections and exhibitions. To find out what you can see right now, be sure to check the site, although the museum is definitely worth a visit for its outstanding permanent exhibition of antiquities, Anatolian and Oriental art. The museum is private, its collection was created by a rich Turkish family, it also financed the restoration of a building built at the turn of the century. At the same time, the Pera Museum is called upon to offer Istanbul residents a wide range of cultural services and act as a modern cultural center with multifunctional exhibition halls, an auditorium.
Visited this museum in order to see the famous picture of Osman Hamdi-Bey "The Trainer of Turtles" and his other works. This was spectacular.
Written April 6, 2017
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Irina
Moscow, Russia19 contributions
Mar 2022
Only first two floors were open for visit. The price was low(10tl per person) but you don't get much anyway. The first floor was dedicated to average scale & weighting exhibition (showing you a bunch of rocks) and even smaller room dedicated to coffee cups. On the second floor we found a nice collection of paintings but it too was rather small. And that't all. It took us around 30 min to see it all.

It my be a nice place to drop by if you are in the area or to kill a spare hour but it's not worth a dedicated visit.
Written March 30, 2022
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA4,314 contributions
Apr 2022
Save this for a second visit to Istanbul if you have limited time, there are many other places that are priority. We went on a Saturday afternoon and it wasn't very crowded, maybe a dozen people were there. This was a small museum of three floors, most of it was a little boring so I could see why it was not included on our "Best of Turkey" 13 day tour (with three days in Istanbul). It took me an hour to go slowly through all the exhibits, and my favorite were the paintings on the top floor. At the end we stopped in at the small cafe and had a lemonade and some sweets, which were good, not outstanding though. Current exhibits were "Intersection Worlds: Ambassadors and painters - 17th to 19th Centuries from the Suna and Inan Kirac Foundation Collection", "Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection", and "Coffee Break, the Adventure of Coffee in Kutahya Tiles and Ceramics".
Written October 6, 2022
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TubaKoseogluOkcu
Istanbul, Türkiye5,795 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
This private museum located in the heart of the vibrant Pera district is a must see for all art lovers.

The museum includes not only part of the private collection of Suna & İnan Kirac couple as permanent collection but also various temporary collections. For instance currently it hosts Paula Rego’s exhibition. As for the permanent collection, it covers a wide range from paintings (including the most famous tableau of Turkish painting “the tortoise trainer” by Osman Hamdi) to archaeological findings.

Museum has a very rich museum shop and a large museum café as well.

This is one of the best art museums of Turkey. Despite that, there usually are no queues at the entrance (except for weekends when sometimes there are children workshops and it gets crowded around noon but that doesn’t last long). Entrance is subject to a fee and with additional fee, you can also have access to an audio guide.
Written April 30, 2023
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Bahar M
Boston, MA34 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Don't go here. Two small floors with repetitive paintings and weighting machines. Every thing else was closed due to construction.
Written August 25, 2019
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Helena B
Cape Town Central, South Africa425 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
Every time I visit Istanbul I try to fit in a visit to The Pera Museum. In the permanent exhibitions area one can always discover new things to admire. The website of the museum is excellent and gives information on current exhibitions and also entrance fees and visiting hours. On a Friday after 6pm entrance is free for everybody. Do not miss the lovely museum restaurant on the ground floor. Coming from Taksim you walk halfway down Istiklal Avenue and you will see a sign on your right indicating the Pera Museum.
Written January 26, 2018
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SpongeBobbbb
Paris, France53 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
I have negative test COVID and vaccin, they don’t want I entered in the museum. Don’t come if you come from europe… lost you time
Written August 22, 2021
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ZenHealer7
Asheville, NC2,404 contributions
Nov 2020
This is a well laid out museum on multiple floors each with a theme. The floors are not too big and the entire viewing experience is very relaxing with some very interesting exhibits. It is in a very nice location with small cafes etc.
Written November 19, 2020
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