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Istanbul Modern Museum

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Address: Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi | Liman Isletmeleri Sahasi Antrepo No: 4, Istanbul 34433 , Turkey
Phone Number:
+90 212 334 7300
10:00 - 18:00
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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.

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Great modern museum

Please make sure you visit this museum when in Istanbul. Great art, nice building and a fine place to eat. The cafe is really nice and has great view.

Reviewed 4 June 2013
Oslo, Norway
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

Please make sure you visit this museum when in Istanbul. Great art, nice building and a fine place to eat. The cafe is really nice and has great view.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

I liked the selection of modern Turkish artists as well as the excellent library and exhibition space provided for international artists.

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Palm Desert, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2013

Great modern museum. I enjoyed nearly every piece in the Museum. The surprise was how many women artists are represented here. The space - a converted warehouse (?) - is spot on as well. A must see for anyone with a passion for Contemporary Art.

Thank CherylintheDesert
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

The museum has a solid, well-exhibited permanent collection of painting and sculpture. We were there for a week, but for people on ships, the museum is basicly at the cruise ship port, and wll worth a visit.

Thank KCV999
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

am glad we made time for visiting Istanbul Modern during our short visit to Istanbul- if you are interested in art then its a must visit - very enriching with the history of Turkish art - no pictures are allowed inside so snap as much as u like out side - from sultanhmet we took the metro to tophane walked... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

Really enjoyed the layout and the range of exhibitions. From fabulous and well-known contemporary faves, to historical turkish paintings, to contemporary turkish art. Photo, video, painting, installation etc. are all on hand. The gift shop is lovely as well if you are so inclined. We heard the cafe was quite good but the prices had us looking elsewhere as we... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

Istanbul modern is a beautifully designed, large open space on the Bosphorus. It has an excellent collection from Turkish artists, starting from late 19th century until the present. There are excellent visual art displays. The audio guide is helpful in providing more information on some of the more prominent artists and their work. There is a well reviewed cafe over... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 18 May 2013

Great art venue, nice cafe, pity about my view being the lifeboat of the massive cruise ship parked right outside. What a huge disappointment. At least the art was wonderful.

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Reviewed 15 May 2013

If you are looking for a contrast to the ancient and traditional art that surrounds your every move in Istanbul then take the tramway over to the Istanbul Modern. The day I visited the museum it was completely dwarfed by the monstrous cruise ship parked along side but the ship could not overpower the art work inside. The current show,... More 

Thank Daniel K
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Reviewed 12 May 2013

The Istanbul Modern Art Museum is a beautiful place. We began with a coffee on their terrace and what a view! The collection of modern art on display was excellent. An while some of Istanbul's main tourist attractions had enormous queues, we strolled right into the Modern and it was not too busy inside. (a note about some of the... More 

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