Modern Museums in Istanbul

Being the main capital of the greatest Empires in the world, and being located at one of the most important spots connecting Europe with Asia made Istanbul city one of the richest cities in the world in terms of culture and art. Thus, it is not surprising for such a city to be holding many art museums that offer the opportunity for both local and international artists to show their works.

In general, Istanbul city itself has more than 80 museums that most of them are archaeological and historical  but there also art and cultural museums and they are considered important places in Istanbul as they have a good reputation.

So if you are a fan of art and modern art and would like to visit some modern museums, here are a list of the most famous museums in Istanbul city:

Istanbul Modern Art Museum:

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While some museums take care of history and old civilizations, this museum take care of art in all its types and kinds.

If you are a fan of art, this museum is the best place for you. The museum contains paintings, photographs, sculptures and hosts different kinds of galleries, both educational and social programs, and international art exhibitions that offer really wonderful works such as Toney Crag’s sculpture “ Human Nature” in 2018. It is really one of the greatest places in Istanbul.

Galeri Mana:

Founded and established by the respected Turkish American curator Suzanne Egeran. The name is derived from the Turkish word MANA which means “meaning” in English. The curator Suzanne applies her ideas of integrating the Turkish art with international one to result in masterpieces within a place that looks like one of Brooklyn buildings. This Museum is very exciting to visit whether you are a fan of art or not.

The Galeri Mana is located in Beyoglu district and the entrance is free.

The Ottoman Bank Museum:

Probably one of the most famous museums and most important one in Istanbul because of the rich history it shows to the visitors. This museum holds bank notes from the Ottoman Empire’s period in English, French, Arabic, Persian, and Turkish in addition to the old ottoman coins that were used at that time, not to mention many of important economical agreements that once were signed between the Ottomans and other countries and empires.

Located in Beyoglu district exactly in the Salt Galata Cultural Center building. It is very fun to visit it whether you are a fan of museums or not.

Istanbul Biennial:

The Istanbul biennial started in 1987 and the main goal of it is to unite artists from different countries, backgrounds, and cultures. Now, the Istanbul Biennial is considered one of the most important ones in the world and when operating in event and exhibitions, the writers get the chance to emerge in between artists and audience.

MiniaTurk Museum:

The MiniaTurk Museum is an open museum located in Eyup Sultan district right next to its beautiful lake. The museum shows to its visitors small miniature models of the historical and most famous and known sights in Turkey.  In fact, this museum is considered one of the largest Miniature parks in the world covering more than  sixty thousand square meters. It also contains small food kiosks to have a snack while walking between the items. It is really fun to spend time there but make sure to visit it during March or April, the weather is very good during these two months.

The Istanbul Pera Museum:

The Istanbul Pera Museum is known to be the most famous art museum in Istanbul. It was founded in 005 by Suna and Inan Kirac and located in Tepebasi near to Taksim square, in one of the most beautiful historical buildings of Istanbul city.
The Pera museum is specialized with arts and it displays different paintings, ceramic, and modern art of many artists both Turkish and international. Not to mention the exhibitions that are hosted in the museum every once in a while and also, the Pera cafe where you can sit and have a hot cup of Turkish coffee to adjust your mood.

You can reach the Istanbul pera museum from taksim Square by walking for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. The museum is absolutely worth visiting.


Still, there are plenty of modern museums in Istanbul where you can spend a hell of a time whether you are a fan of museums or not, the modern museums in Istanbul are absolutely worth visiting.

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