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Istanbul Modern Museum

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Address: Meclis-I Mebusan Cad. | Liman Isletmeleri Sahasi Antrepo No: 4, Istanbul 34433, Turkey
Phone Number: (90-212) 334 7300
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Temporary and permanent exhibition halls, photography gallery, cinema hall,...

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.

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A must if you're into contemporary/modern art

Istanbul Modern is one of the few museums in Turkey that is on par with its European counterparts. Of course how well you relate with the art inside is subjective (and also... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Istanbul Modern is one of the few museums in Turkey that is on par with its European counterparts. Of course how well you relate with the art inside is subjective (and also depends on the exhibitions that are in place at the time). Personally I think the museum is in a way similar to prominent modern art museums in Europe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss the Istanbul Modern! Good collection of contemporary work by Turkish and international artists! Some great video pieces that must be seen. The retrospective of Eviner's work was just mind-blowing! I wish the basement floor would leave it up permanently. For the non-art lovers, the museum is a special spot of calm in the city! Gorgeous cafe with a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I recommend for everyone. One of the best art and culture museum I have seen. Also the area Şişli Beşiktaş is great to walk around.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was very expensive and boring. The museum building is nice and new, but the art inside is poor and not so interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some really fun and accessible modern art. One highlight is their restaurant with a great view of the boats going up and down the Bosphorus. And the food was one of the best meals I had in Istanbul!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to modern art museums around the world but this is one of the most engaging. All exhibits were done by Turkish artists, none of whom I'd ever heard of, but the works of art were excellent and probably easily appreciated even by those who normally do not like modern art. The one thing to note is that modern... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Istanbul Modern is one of the best modern museums I have ever been to. The building is normal but the art pieces inside are incredibly amazing! From paintings to sculptures to simple ceiling decorations! I really took my time to carefully observe every piece of art and most were really intriguing on how the artists came up with the idea... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of my favourite museums. Firstly, the view of the Bosphorous is amazing from the restaurant. The exhibit itself is a bit of an acquired taste - but personally, I enjoyed it. The artworks are quirky, some really deep, some extremely avant-garde--but my favourite was the installation of hanging books!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This museum is so well done and the exhibits we saw were wonderful. If you are in Istanbul for an extended visit, it is also a nice change from all of the mosques and ancient attractions. They also have a great restaurant with a lovely view of the Bosphorus and delicious food. We enjoyed the whole experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Istanbul Modern is not to be missed. Even if you plan to focus on the city’s many historical sites, you owe it to yourself to experience Istanbul (in particular) and Turkey (in general) from the varied perspectives of its thoughtful modern and contemporary artists. Especially given the tumult the country is in today (after events like last week’s unsuccessful coup... More 

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