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Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul Modern Sanat Müzesi) Tours

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul Modern Sanat Müzesi)
Opened in 2004 as Turkey’s first museum of modern and contemporary art, the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul Modern Sanat Müzesi) relocated in 2018 to a temporary space in the Asmalimescit neighborhood while a new building is constructed. The city’s preeminent modern-art museum features contemporary works by Turkish artists and rotating temporary exhibitions. 

The Basics
With a collection of modern and contemporary work by Turkish artists and an innovative program of temporary exhibitions, the museum (often called simply Istanbul Modern) is a cultural must-see. Stroll through the white-walled galleries to view the collection, which includes photography, sculpture, digital art, and installations.

Guided tours in English of Istanbul Modern can be arranged on-site for a fee. Most small-group and private tours combine a visit to the museum with a broader exploration of culture and food in the surrounding neighborhood, including Galata, Karakӧy, and Taksim Square. Hop-on hop-off bus tours also stop at the museum.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Istanbul Modern is a must-visit for art buffs.
  • The museum is located in a temporary space as of 2018.
  • The structure is fully wheelchair accessible.
  • Strollers are available to borrow for free.
 
How to Get There
Temporary located in the Beyoğlu district, the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art is close to the Tunel funicular, not far from the pedestrian boulevard Istiklal Caddesi. To get there by public transportation, take the M2 metro line or a bus to Şişhane. 

When to Get There
Istanbul Modern is closed on Mondays and stays open into the evening on Thursdays. It is closed on New Year’s Day and on the first day of religious holidays. Arrive early in the day to beat the crowds and explore the museum's collection at your own pace.

The Permanent Collection
The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection includes works by highly regarded Turkish modern and contemporary artists. Highlights include Fahrelnissa Zeid’s large-scale colorful abstract canvases and selections from the artist Sarkis, who works in neon.
Address: Istanbul, Turkey
Admission: Varies
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Contemporary Art Walk: Istiklal Street, Modern Art Museums

Contemporary Art Walk: Istiklal Street, Modern Art Museums

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Dive headfirst into Istanbul’s modern art scene on this 3.5-hour walking tour. Learn about Turkey’s rich art history as you follow your enthusiastic guide around the districts of Tophane and Karaköy, stopping to browse a selection of the city’s most interesting contemporary art galleries, including SALT Galata. Finally, learn about popular Turkish artists like Abidin Dino and Ara Güler, and view cutting-edge temporary exhibitions at the Istanbul Modern Art Museum. This small-group tour is limited to 15 for a personalized experience and includes hotel pickup.
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  • 3 hours 20 minutes to 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Local Guide Istanbul Modern City Walking Tour - RosetheGuide

Local Guide Istanbul Modern City Walking Tour - RosetheGuide

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İstiklal, where the heart of Istanbul beats, is a brimming, around 1.5 km long street. It is full of marvellous buildings sharing various stories from history with splendid architectural designs. The pedestrianized road thronged with shisha bistros, Turkish tea houses and, in particular, a portion of the city’s reputable art institutions: Galeri Zilberman, SALT Galata. Turkey’s art world from the 19th century to the current day, Abidin Dino, Ara Güler and other prominent Turkish artists who have got popularity lately. Çiçek Pasajı, one of the oldest entertainments area in Istiklal Street. Best place for Turkish raki, mezes and some music since 1876. Saint Antoine Church (1763) and its fascinating architecture. Asmalı Mescit: One of the most colorful and entertaining areas in the modern city with its concept bars, pubs and cafes. Tour ends inside the most popular gallery of Modern Art Museum; Istanbul Modern. Upon you will you may remain inside for more to awe the art pieces in peace.
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  • 4 hours
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