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The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art @ Bosphorus

Karaköy Port 
The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art is the first to organize the exhibition of modern and contemporary art in Turkey. It was founded in 2004 located by the European side of Bosphorus at Karaköy Custom Port. Since then Istanbul Modern embraces Turkey's artistic creativity and promotos its cultural identity in the international art world.

Despite being a permanent and a temporary art galleries, Istanbul Modern offers photo galleries, educational and social spaces for every age, library, restaurant, cinema and design store.
Istanbul Modern encourages a creative and an interactive museum experience for its visitors.  As a result of this act, museum encouraged the frequent visitors.


Through the years Istanbul Modern provided the connection with its visitors by the temporary modern art exhibits. During my visit I noticed that the museum attracts the young visitors and foreigners as well. There are mostly school students coming during weekdays. The museum organises tours for these children with a guide.

Must knows about the museum:
  • Weekdays are suitable for comfortable visits. No queues. 
  • Thursdays are free.
  • You can make reservation for guidance at the museum, make a call for before you go.
  • If you do not want guidance you can have audio guide for 10 TL.
  • Do not miss the lovely view of old Istanbul Bosphorus from the restaurant.
  • Backpacks are not allowed during the visit. If you are carrying your baby's stuff, I suggest you to bring a small handbag to carry at the museum.
  • However it is not allowed to eat or drink inside. So you can either have lunch at the restaurant or can eat outside where there are benches cross the historic clock tower.
  • Other than having your own lunch box, or lunch at the museum's restaurant, walk to Karaköy. You will find a variety of food down there.
  • What I most like about the museum is their educational programmes for all ages. You can find the schedule for workshops and make reservation (pls call: +90 212 334 7341 ).
  • There is a parking lot, but not free :((
  • For mom's with strollers or with children under 5 years old, use the elevator for lower floor. The stairs are moving while you are stepping down, this is not dangerous for adults however with children you might need help....

  • The modern art museum attracts the youth very much. I noticed that they are very interested in each piece. So let them visit the exhibition.
  • There isn't a baby sitting room. However there are toilets in each floor with baby nursery beds. Do not worry, they are clean and very neat.
  • The souvenier shop is great to look!! There are out of the box designs. I loved them all. You can find something different and useful as a gift from İstanbul Museum's gift shop. 
  • The exhibition is held at at the wharehouse port of Karaköy. The place is renovated by the very well known company Eczacıbaşı. They used the # 4 wharehouse and decorated the place for museum conditions.
At Istanbul Museum you will find a brief look for the modern Turkey's creations in every aspects of the art. If you are planning a visit to Istanbul, this exhibition is one of the spots in town  to see not only for the compositions but of course have a shot right accross the old Istanbul's siluet with your loved ones ;))) 

Ramazan Bayrakoğlu -
piece of art made of acrylic on plexiglass -

Entrance fees and visiting hours:

Monday is closed.

Tuesday-Sunday: 10.00- 18.00
Sunday: 10.00- 20.00

Entrance fees:

Thursday is free
Children under 12 years are also free of charge

Adults: 17 TL
Children: 9 TL
Movie: 9 TL

If you have Istanbul Modern card, entrance is free

If you have Museum + card one visit per year is free

a moment of love of audience
for Turkish movie stars around 1970ss

By Private vehicle: 

Drive from Karaköy to Kabataş. You will see the Nusretiye Mosque at right hand side, then you will notice the red label of ISTANBUL MUSEUM sign.

By Public Transportation:

Take Tramway from Kabataş to Karaköy. Stop at Tophane. Cross to sea side of the road and take a 10 minutes of walk towards to Nusretiye Mosque than see the sign of Istanbul Museum.

You can also take the finikular line from Pera of İstiklal Avenue @ Taksim to Kabataş. Then hop on to tram and hop off at Tophane station. Again have a 10 minutes of walk to Istanbul Museum. (See the railway map please)

You can have bus ride from Beşiktaş, Eminönü or Taksim riding to Karaköy. Here are the number of the lines: 26, 26A, 26B,28, 28T,30D

Olafur Eliasson -
the most remarkable piece of the exhibition -
The Red Emotional Globe

Adress: Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi
              Liman İşletmeleri Sahası
              34433, Karaköy/ İstanbul

Phone: +90 212 334 7300

a collection of magazines
 of Turkish movie starss


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