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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
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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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Lovely range of installations, photography and art

Really great and extensive selection of art. Floating book installation outstanding and photography really insightful. Tasty restaurant attached for lunch.

Reviewed 12 May 2013
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 May 2013 via mobile

Really great and extensive selection of art. Floating book installation outstanding and photography really insightful. Tasty restaurant attached for lunch.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2013

all the tourist guide people in town told us not to visit, but i was determined. on my way there i ran into two architecture students from america and they told me it was in their top 5 modern museums. it was only 2 floors but i spent 2 hours there and had to rush through the end before closing... More 

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Athens, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2013

Reminded a lot of the Tate Modern in London. Extraordinary pieces of art, id you like modern art, nice view of Bosporus, tasteful cafe.

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Reviewed 9 May 2013

Not the easiest place to find or get to, but its well worth the effort. A Fab Space right on the Bosphorus. A great selection of work. The cafe, although expensive, did good chips and had nice views. The only problem i had was with the high security getting in. X-Ray machine and metal detector. A bit extreme? Once inside,... More 

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Roskilde, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2013

A very nice modern museum with a really interesting collection of contemporary art. It is located in an old warehouse right next to the Bosporus strait and it is easily assessable by tram. But the best thing is actually not the museum but their splendid restaurant where you can sit on the first floor balcony with a fantastic view over... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2013

We were a diverse group in terms of our artistic knowledge. We all had a terrific time enjoying a wide variety of very interesting exhibits. We have been to the major modern art galleries in NYC and Washington , and this was every bit as good. The location makes for the main part of a pleasant afternoon tour on the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2013

Went there on a cold rainy Spring day. Really impressed Blythe quality, imagination and creativity on show. I thought it was far more interesting than most modern ,British art over the last few years. If I go back to Istanbul this gallery would be high on my list of must-sees.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 May 2013

Well worth a visit. An excellent museum and the restaurant had great views over the water and reasonable food and service.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 3 May 2013

We were pleased to find this modernist gem of a museum in a city full of historic treasures. The restaurant inside topped off a wonderful morning learning about Turkish art and history. Do not miss this place if you have time. You can go to Aya Sophia and Topkapi to see antiquities but why not learn about current trends in... More 

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Reviewed 1 May 2013

Worth the trip if you have time & like modern art. There were some odd pieces. The restaurant is good and it has nice views, so a good place for lunch before or after a museum stroll. It is awkward to get into as it is designed for cars to get in, not pedestrians so you have to walk through... More 

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