We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Istanbul Modern Museum

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi | Liman Isletmeleri Sahasi Antrepo No: 4, Istanbul 34433 , Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 334 7300
10:00 - 18:00
Open now
See all hours
Tue - Wed 10:00 - 18:00
Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

Temporary and permanent exhibition halls, photography gallery, cinema hall,...

Temporary and permanent exhibition halls, photography gallery, cinema hall, video art area and new media art area make up the platform that presents diverse forms of art that can be experienced at Istanbul Modern in addition to an arts library, a shop that combines design with art and its cafe and restaurant that offers its visitors a fantastic view of Istanbul.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport
More Info
and up
Modern Art Tour of Istanbul: Istiklal Street, SALT Galata and Istanbul Modern...
More Info
and up
Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,505 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 577
  • 296
    Very good
  • 62
  • 16
  • 10
Eclectic Museum

The modern museum was a delight in that it was an impressive array of modern and thought-provoking work. The main floor housed some of the most interesting art more so than... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Thomas T
San Francisco, California
Add Photo Write a Review

1,505 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 961: English reviews
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The modern museum was a delight in that it was an impressive array of modern and thought-provoking work. The main floor housed some of the most interesting art more so than expected for a famously conservative country. Lower floor was a bit of an afterthought but most of your time should be spent on the main floor.

Thank Thomas T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level Contributor
31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is great with various exhibitions of paintings, art installations, short movies and also a cinema downstairs. Was lucky to be there on time for a movie festival presenting turkish movies that have won awards at various festivals. The movie was great and included in my ticket price.

Thank Globetrotter898
Istanbul, Turkey
Level Contributor
30 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Depending on the exhibition on the run, you may end up seeing different stuff, but you should definitely think of having a breakfast or lunch at its beautiful restaurant/cafe by the Bosporus. Try to get a table outside during May-Oct time.

Thank Ozzie_5934
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
82 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we went on a rainy day and were amazed by the wonderful art on display. It was also quite fun to watch the ship traffic on the Bosphorus and have a snack at the restaurant next door. Wonderful venue!!!

Thank debjar111
Level Contributor
1,306 reviews
414 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not easy to locate among all construction projects.Exciting mix of photography to the various installations.Arrived a bit late to see the entire exhibition space, also an interesting museum shop.Combine with a restaurant visit and a few quiet hours spent in Istanbul

1 Thank Phayao13
Reggio Emilia, Italy
Level Contributor
117 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

if you are a lover of contemporary art, this museum need to be visited. The location is amazing and the building is in a very privileged position on the Bosphorus.

Thank Stefano A
Istanbul, Turkey
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

lots of things to see here. not just mosks and palacesa but also modern things in Turkeye. not all go and visit and you should

Thank MertefeMert
Level Contributor
25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Large art space with great pieces of modern Turkish artists. If you love art this is a must visit in Istanbul. I visited the exhibition entitled Artists in Their Time, a nice journey accross several modern artists with different distinsctive styles. The entrance to the museum has become cumbersome because of all the construction work before and behind the museum.... More 

Thank Nadim A
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
73 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We visited this newish museum for a couple of hours and enjoyed the exhibitions and the space in general. It is a bit hard to find due to some surrounding building works, but it is worth the effort if you have some time to spare. Great coffee shop with spectacular views and excellent museum shop as well.

Thank John K
Czech Republic
Level Contributor
85 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

We first visited the restaurant. Good call. Great view. The museum itself is simply filled with art. It really helped me understand the history and modern mind of Turkey. Getting there on foot is a bit awkward though.

Thank Jakub Z

Travellers who viewed Istanbul Modern Museum also viewed


Been to Istanbul Modern Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Istanbul Modern Museum and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Istanbul Modern Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Karakoy

Neighbourhood Profile
Sitting pretty with an age-old air about it, Karakoy is situated on the European side of the Bosphorus at the mouth of the Golden Horn. Perhaps the city’s most historically significant area, it’s currently one of the most happening parts of town as well. Here street vendors and alfresco fish restaurants line the banks of the Horn where the views of major attractions across the water rival Karakoy’s own key attractions, such as the iconic 14th century Galata Tower and the Museum of Modern Art. A major hub for local and international waterborne traffic, Istanbul’s commercial and maritime heritage remains as relevant and evident as ever in Karakoy. Commuter ferries mingle with luxury cruise liners at its busy port, ensuring a continuously cosmopolitan flow of people..
Explore this neighbourhood