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“Excellent experience”

Istanbul Modern Museum
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Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport
Ranked #18 of 1,051 things to do in Istanbul
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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 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.
Istanbul, Turkey
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10 reviews
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“Excellent experience”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

The museum has a nice collection of modern art and worth the visit. The museum's cafe not only has an amazing view but excellent food as well!
It is the perfect place to relax, have a drink or coffee overlooking the Bosphorus and then have dinner.
The food and service were excellent.

Visited March 2013
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“Good pkace to visit”
Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

Istanbul Modern Museum looks like all museums of modern art in Europe but with its unique parcularities.
The best thing in this museum is a painting of a man who always looks at you wherever you stay...

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Great museum but only sandwiches in restaurant”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

We went here as a result of reading the reviews on here. Its a great space with fantastic views (book if you want to sit outside on the narrow terrace). However, we found that at lunch time at least, the restaurant really only have an admittedly large selection of sandwiches - toasted, club etc. Nothing much else.

Visited March 2013
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Vienna, Wien, Austria
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13 reviews
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“great exhibitions - greater view from the cafe”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

great to combine modern art and a coffeebreak with a 1st row view of the harbour and sea. the cafe also has an inspired menue and clean toilettes

Visited January 2013
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“A moment of constantly being watched”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

Living in Istanbul when the museum opened, I've seen it become better and better and I've seen some of the best art of my life in here, both by personal favourites like Anish Kapoor and by other artists, which were new to me. Exactly the way it should be.

Admission is not a problem, free wardrobe is a charming plus, but then it all goes terribly wrong. From the moment you walk in, you feel like a prisoner. There is security staff in every area an trust me, they are not shy. It's absolutely impossible to get an experience in this place. Not mention if you, put off by the constant supervision, should want to check your mails or if you get a text from a friend, then they rush forward, loudly and clearly stating "NO PICTURES, NO PICTURES".

Here's a bit of advice to the people runninght e museum. If you want to make Istanbul Modern a museum of the same ranks as the ones in other big cities, you have to change your mentality. Totally. For now, it's a joke. Who can take in pieces of art in this environment?

A last tip for you as a visitor as well, make sure you put your big, red sticker on your forehead, because otherwise the staff will also hunt you down to see your ticket. Again and again and again...

Visited March 2013
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