Istanbul Pera Museum
Pera Museum Entrance Fee and Opening Hours
Pera Museum is located in Beyoglu district of Istanbul. It is located on Mesrutiyet Street, which runs parallel to Istiklal Street, the most popular walking street of Istanbul.
Beyoglu is the place where the architectural breakthrough in Istanbul in the 19th century manifested itself most. Beyoglu, known as Pera during the Ottoman period, was the neighborhood where passengers from Orient Express came to stay.
The Pera Palace and the Grand Hotel De Londres, which were opened here during this period, are still standing. The Pera Museum was founded with the restoration of one of these hotels, the Bristol Hotel.
The Museum was opened by Suna and Inan Kıraç Foundation, which belongs to one of the leading families of Istanbul, to provide culture and art services.
Pera Cafe and Artshop are located on the ground floor of the museum. There are permanent exhibitions on the first and second floors and multi-purpose exhibition halls on the upper floors. The basement is used as an auditorium for film screenings and interviews.
Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection
This collection is spread over most of the first floor. Various weighing and measuring instruments used in Anatolia since ancient times are exhibited.
Kutahya Tiles and Ceramics Collection
The collection, which includes Kutahya Tiles and Ceramics, is also on the first floor of the museum. By reviewing this collection, you can get historical information about the development of the art of pottery in Kutahya (A city in Central Anatolia). Kutahya Tiles are the continuation of Iznik Tiles, which adorned palaces and mosques in the peak period of the Ottoman Empire.
Oriental Painting Collection
This section includes works by European painters inspired by Ottoman life between the 17th and 20th centuries. The most rare works of this collection are the works of Osman Hamdi Bey.
Osman Hamdi Bey was an art lover who lived in the last period of the Ottoman Empire. He pioneered the establishment of the Istanbul Archaeological Museum and made important initiatives in the field of art.
His paintings are among the most expensive paintings sold in international auctions. The most important work of Osman Hamdi Bey, the Turtle Trainer is exhibited in the museum.
Paintings Collection in the Pera Museum
In the collection, the works of photographers such as Caranza, Robertson, Kargopoulo, Abdullah Brothers, Gulmez Brothers and Ali Enis Oza are exhibited.
You can also experience how Istanbul has looked in the past through this impressive photo exhibition.
Pera Museum also offers film screening to its visitors in the auditorium in the basement. The films complement the experience of the museum, as they offer a parallel content with the subjects of temporary exhibitions.
Istanbul Pera Museum Entrance Fee 2020
Admission fee is 25 Turkish Lira per person. The ticket price is reduced to 10 Turkish Liras for children under 10 years, for students and for adults over 60 years old. There is %20 discount for Istanbul Museum Pass holders.
Istanbul Pera Museum Opening Hours
The Museum is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, from 10:00 in the morning to 19:00 in the evening. On Sunday the opening time is 12:00 in the morning and the closing time is 18:00 in the evening.
Fridays are a public day and the museum can be visited free of charge between 18:00 and 22:00. Please also note that the museum is closed on Mondays.
Where is the Museum and How to Get There?
Pera Museum is located in Beyoglu district, behind the TRT building. The museum is easy to find, as it is within walking distance of well-known buildings such as the Pera Palace and the British Consulate.
If you pass through Odakule‘s courtyard which connects Istiklal Street and Mesrutiyet Street, you can easily find the museum. For those who want to reach the museum by Metro, Sishane Metro Station Station is a very short walk from the museum.
Osman Hamdi Bey
The most exclusive collection of Pera Museum is the exhibition of Orientalist paintings. The 19th century was an era of reform and westernization for the Ottoman Empire. you can see the reflections of this period through the eyes of western painters. Osman Hamdi, as an Ottoman bureaucrat, pioneered the development of archeology and the opening of museums in western order.
Official Website of the Museum
Although we update the blog every 6 months, we may miss some changes. So you can check the latest status on the official website of Pera Museum before visiting the museum.
Written by Serhat Engul