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Sakip Sabanci Museum Tours

Sakip Sabanci Museum
Make a detour to the Sakip Sabanci Museum, a little off the main tourist trail in Istanbul’s affluent Emirgan neighborhood. Housed in a grand 1920s mansion and run by Sabanci University, the fine arts museum boasts a collection of calligraphy and paintings that once belonged to the Sabanci family.

The Basics
Explore the museum on a guided (English tours must be pre-booked) or self-guided tour, and take in highlights include the painting, calligraphy, and furniture and decorative arts collections. To make the most of your time, plan one to two hours to explore the museum, enjoy lunch at the museum’s waterfront restaurant, and then take a stroll through the nearby Emirgan Park.  

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is an admission fee for the Sakip Sabanci Museum.
  • The museum has a gift shop and a restaurant with a view across the Bosphorus.
  • The museum is fully wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
The Sakip Sabanci Museum is located in Istanbul’s northern Emirgan neighborhood, on the European bank of the Bosphorus. It’s around a 40-minute drive or taxi ride from Sultanahmet in central Istanbul, and buses run from Taksim (40, 40T, or 42T) and Kabataş (22, 22RE, or 25E). The most scenic way to arrive is by boat—Dentur-Avrasya ferries stop in Emirgan, within walking distance of the museum.

When to Get There
The museum is open daily, except Mondays, year-round. Head there on a Wednesday to benefit from free entrance and late night opening (until 8pm).

Temporary Exhibitions at Sakip Sabanci Museum
The Sakip Sabanci Museum hosts a number of popular temporary exhibitions throughout the year, with past events including exhibitions of Monet and Rembrandt and a collection of works by sculptor Anish Kapoor. The museum’s adjoining concert hall also hosts a number of classical concerts. Check for current events and displays before you visit so you won't miss a thing.
Address: Emirgan Mahallesi, Sakıp Sabancı Cd. No:42, Istanbul 34467, Turkey
Admission: Varies
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