Istanbul Modern Art Museum
Istanbul Modern Art Museum Entrance Fee and Opening Hours
Istanbul Modern Art Museum is located in the Karakoy harbor of Istanbul, within walking distance of Tophane and Findikli tram stops. The museum is located in the complex of Istanbul’s new Cruise Port: Galataport.
Istanbul Modern was opened by one of Turkey’s leading families. The Eczacıbaşı family owns a foundation that has contributed to Istanbul’s art activities for many years. The annual events such as Filmekimi (Film Festival in October) and the Istanbul Biennial are organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) managed by Eczacıbaşı.
Istanbul Modern has emerged with the renovation of the 8000 m2 building used as a warehouse by the Turkish Maritime Administration. The museum building, originally the Customs Warehouse, was built in 1957 as a warehouse for storing dry goods.
The building, which was taken over in 2003, was transformed into the first Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul following its restoration and opened to public on 11 December 2004.
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Permanent Collection of the Museum
There is a permanent exhibition hall on the ground floor of the museum. The museum’s collection is on display in this large hall. Works of art produced in Turkey at the beginning of the 20th century until today, can be seen along with descriptive text and videos.
Visitors are literally witnessing the transformation of Turkey’s modern and contemporary art up to the present from the past. In this section, it is possible to see the works of some painters from the late Ottoman period.
Temporary Collection of the Museum
After visiting the permanent exhibition hall, the stairs leading down to the lower floor almost stand out as a work of art.
On the ground floor of the museum, there are 2 separate spaces: the Photo Gallery and the Short-Term Exhibitions Section.
In the Photo Gallery, the development of photography in the world over time is on display. In addition, exhibitions organized by local and foreign photographers take place in this part of the museum.
Within the Short Term Exhibitions Section, it is possible to see temporary exhibitions in various branches.
False Ceiling by Richard Wentworth
Adjacent to the Short-Term Exhibitions Section is a library and a multi-purpose hall. In the corridor between these two sections, Richard Wentworth’s Fake Ceiling can be seen. This artwork, which was created by hanging hundreds of books on the ceiling, was exhibited at the 4th Istanbul Biennial in 1995 and attracted great attention.
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Istanbul Modern Cafe and Restaurant
The Istanbul Modern Restaurant is located within the museum. It is possible to say that the restaurant, which has a view of the Bosphorus, has quite delicious dishes. You can also enjoy a gastronomic experience in this art-filled atmosphere.
Istanbul Modern Art Museum Entrance Fee
Admission fee is 72 Turkish Lira per person as of 2020. Istanbul Museum Pass is not valid for this museum. There is a special pricing for groups larger than 10 people who will visit the museum and is 54 TL per person.
Istanbul Modern Art Museum Opening Hours
Istanbul Modern Museum can be visited between 10:00 in the morning and 18:00 in the evening. On Thursdays it is open until 20:00 in the late evening. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Where is the Museum and How to Get There?
Istanbul Modern is located in Galataport Cruise Terminal in Beyoglu district. You can take a tram to Fındıklı or Tophane and walk to the museum from the station. The museum is located on the Meclis-i Mebusan Street extending from Karakoy Neighborhood to Dolmabahce Palace and is very easy to reach.
Museum Has Been Temporarily Moved to Beyoglu!
Istanbul Modern Museum was temporarily moved to Mesrutiyet Street in Beyoglu district due to the construction of Galataport. The museum is expected to return to its original place in 2020. You can see the current status of the museum from the Istanbul Modern link to the official website.
Written by Serhat Engul