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Istanbul Modern Museum

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Address: Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi | 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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So glad we went!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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.

Thank Dista24
Castro Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Surabaya, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Clean, modern, stylish....Those 3 words represent this Museum. Combination between Art and Technology. Recommended to visit!

Thank Hendra S
Manila, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you need a break from all the relics, the Modern is a good way to spend a few hours. Great art work from all over the world--neither too big nor too small with a great view of the waterfront. Restaurant was supposed to be good but service wasn't too friendly. Stick to the art work. Just take the tram... More 

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Nyack, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is on the small side, so we spent under 2 hours there, I think. That didn't feel rushed. There was a nice array of media and it was curated well. One thing that impressed me the most was that there was a real downplay of the pretension which normally accompanies modern and contemporary art. The space itself is... More 

Thank Chris D
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After looking at museums of many old things, this was a nice contrast. There is also a lovely cafe for lunch or a little rest. When there isn't a big cruise ship docked there, it offers a nice view of the bosphourus.

Thank Julenichka
Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Down to earth museum with good art (some slightly dated) and very good temporary exhibitions. If you want to spoil yourself, have lunch in the restaurant overlooking the Bosperus... not cheap but very good food!

Thank DelhiDutchie
Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very good modern Museum, at the time I visited it had a nice exhibition about gentrification in Istanbul but also several permanent exhibitions can be found. Maybe not the first priority if you have little time but especially on a rainy day worth a visit. Free entrance on Thursday! :-)

Thank ElisaTwiga
Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was hard to find the entrance but we managed. Spent 3 hours lost in the art- there is lots to see. Upstairs main gallery, downstairs photo gallery and library, fancy restaurant with good views. The service was good at the restaurant but it's very pricy. Food was amazing though- had a thin crust margarita pizza (25TL). There's a lot... More 

Thank CDunnell
Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting, spacious, very contemporary. A great contrast to old Istanbul and the sights and smells. Recommended

Thank Julian S

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