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Pera Museum


a collection from Pera Museum

Pera Museum is a spot for locals to live Istanbul with the colour of the old Pera  ambiance. Inspite of all the historical places in Istanbul, Pera Museum offers a high quality culture and art services from Turkey and other countries.

"Yıldız Moran"'s photographs were exhibiting at the museum last month. So I thought this will be a very good chance for me to see this lady's productions. I went there, of course, with my two children, and was afraid if they would be bored. However from sightsee of a mom, this place is very friendly for the families and children love since there are modern art collections which inspire their imaginations.

A timeless photo from Yıldız Moran

About Museum

Pera Museum is a private museum, which was founded by "Suna and Inan Kırac Foundation". The building is located at the historic quarter of Tepebaşı. This was originally Bristol Hotel in the former days. Later on it was renovated by "Suna and Inan Kırac Foundation" transforming to a modern museum, but preserving the exterior façade which is the Istanbul's architectural flavour.

We made the visit with my two children. My 7 year old son "Ege" was really attracted by the museum's ambiance and loved the workshop for children. My 3 year old daughter "Ece" liked the hot chocolate, we drank at, as her saying, "caffe with the piano!! mom" ;))

collection of plate tiles visualizing
 the early times of Christianity moves at Anatolia

At the entrance there is an artshop, a cafe and a reception desk. The workshops, meeting rooms and theatre are at the lower floor. The "Orientalist Painting" collection, the "Anatolian Weights and Measures", "Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics", "Old Istanbul Photographs" collections are exhibited at the upper floors. (You can easily visit the galleries as there is an elevator for the upper floors).
These collections are permanently shown, while there are some temporarily also. During our visit, the foundation brought Sophia Vari's "Sculptures and Paintings" and Yıldız Moran's ( who was the first woman phographer in Turkey) "Timeless Photographs" for a period of time.

some of  Anatolian weights and measures at the exhibition

If you are planning to make a visit to Pera Museum between 07 May- 20 June 2014 there are two upcoming collections; Andy Warhol's prints showing American pop culture presenting "Pop Art for Everyone" and Stephen Chambers's paintings and graphic works presenting "Big Country and Other Stories" collections.

Pera Museum is not only an exhibition but where to enjoy the life of Istanbul with the distinguished culturel events, such as music, movies from different cultures and educational workshops about art. If you are interested about Turkish music, there is a concert that will be held today at 16:00 pm. Also you may look up from the agenda and make your plan accordingly. (http://en.peramuzesi.org.tr/Activity)

Sophia Vari's sculptures

Admission fees and visiting hours:

Closed on Mondays.
Tue- Sat: 10:00- 18:00
Sunday: 12:00- 18:00 hours are open.

Fee: 10 TL
Concessions: 5 TL ( 12 years old and younger, students and 60 years and over)

Long Fridays: Museum is open and free of admissions afetr 18:00 till 20:00.
Young Wednesdays: Free of admission every wednesday for students.

A portrait of the Countess
 of Vergennes in Turkish attire

Transportation:

Private vehicle: Drive to Taksim from the highway and then follow to Tepebaşı. You can park at Tepebası Ispark underground parking lot.

Public Transportation: Take metro and stop at Taksim or at Şişhane. Walk along the famous Istıklal Avenue till Odakule. Then turn to Mesrutiyet Avenue passing through Odakule. The museum is at your left side.

Osman Hamdi's painting "the girl with pink hat"

I suggest you take your children to Pera Museum. We visited all the collections. We sat and read at the ones that my children were attracted. (You can have audio guides from the reception desk at the entrance floor). The visit made my children's vision to art more attached .....
After I had the comments of the collections from my children, we went down to entrance floor to drink hot chocalate!! Other than that there is a good menu consisting variety from soup to hamburgers to desserts. Of course, there are a lot alternatives of Pera Cafe since you are very close to Istiklal Avenue.

the tiles and seramics exhibiton

This place is also a "visitor friendly" place for a baby mom. You can use elevators, the bathrooms are very clean, the cafe can help you to prepare any kind of baby food. Also friendly for children moms because you can leave your children for workshops while you are watching a Pera movie ;))
So you must call the museum ( Phone: 212 334 99 00) before you go and ask the workshops for children or can look up from the agenda. There are educational activities for 4-6 years old and 7-14 years old children.

During this visit to Pera Museum, we did not take pictures, alternatively this time we only caught black and white squares of memoirs. This was lovely...

Pera museum is an attractive spot to see in Istanbul for finding examples of modern Turkish art move era spiced with orientalism.

Till my next post, stay well everybody ;))

a Sophia Vari's sculpture

Address: Meşrutiyet Caddesi. No:65
              34443 Tepebaşı-Beyoğlu/ İstanbul

Phone: + 90 212 334 99 00

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