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“Not easy to find, perservere”

Istanbul Modern Museum
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Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport
Ranked #19 of 1,051 things to do in Istanbul
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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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7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Not easy to find, perservere”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Is free on Thursday for Istanbul residents, not tourists. Children are free. Great cafe/restaurant albeit pricey.

Visited January 2013
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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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“Nice Art and Food”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Istanbul Modern is an art gallery with a restaurant/cafe in it. This art gallery is very close Karaköy port and it is easy to find. After you finished your tour in the gallery you can have a coffee break in the cafe with a nice Bosphorus view. But watch out! If there is a cruise visiting the port then you may feel unlucky cause your view may become the walls of the cruise.

Visited February 2013
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“A Fresh Look at Art”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Although Modern Istanbul has been operating for a few years now, I waited to see how it will fare. The structure comprises two functional areas. One is the Gallery, the other the cafe/restaurant. I must they the choices for the Gallery have been very distinct and fulfilling. The Gallery is spacious and serves its exhibitions rather well. Coming to the restaurant I must add it has an amazing view over a bustling and historic part of the Bosphorus and hence Istanbul. The view expands to partly to "Karaköy", the Historic Peninsula and Sirkeci (places one should definitely stroll through). The menu is very balanced with various taste directions and the service is wonderful. True, it may get busy and you may not end up at the forefront of ther view but still the ambiance is relaxing and enjoyable. From the restaurant you have direct access to the gallery.
Modern Istanbul is also superbly situated. a short stroll from different corners and sites of the city. It is easily accesible (relatively compared to the general layout of Istanbul's many sites). A visit could be combined with another visit to the nearby "Tophane-i Amire" (historic building worth a visit, used for exhibitions as well), or to some mosques, or what not else. Again a visit can stretch an interest from a solitude-seeking art connoiseur to a famliy willing to spend a nice time surrounded by food and art.

Have fun!

Visited January 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Worth the detour if you like modern art and beautiful water views”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

This is easy to access from the Tophane tram stop. It is a bit hidden from view, but there are signs (and friendly locals) to help you find it. Check which evenings it is open late. Enjoy the wonderful Bosphorus views from the deck or the restaurant outside.

Visited February 2013
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Oslo, Norway
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“Modernism's Legacy”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

I like Istanbul Modern because it is an interesting and thriving modern art museum, this time with a challenging exhibition about modernism's legacy

Visited March 2013
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