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National Palaces Painting Museum: A 19th-Century Artistic Journey in Istanbul


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Discover striking Ottoman paintings

Enjoy unique paintings of the National Palaces Painting Museum, a captivating art destination adjacent to Dolmabahçe Palace. Delve into a curated collection of over 200 masterpieces from the 19th and early 20th centuries, showcasing the rich heritage of Turkish and international artists. Explore the evolution of Turkish art, royal patronage, and Orientalist treasures, all conveniently accessible with Istanbul Tourist Pass®. Unlock the gates to cultural enlightenment and immerse yourself in Istanbul's artistic legacy with ease and convenience.

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Access to over 200 masterpieces from the 19th and early-20th centuries

Curated collection featuring works by Turkish and international artists

Convenient location adjacent to Dolmabahçe Palace

Insights into Turkish art evolution and royal patronage

Opportunity to explore Orientalist treasures



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About National Palaces Painting Museum

Embark on a cultural journey with the National Palaces Painting Museum tour, an enriching experience included in the Istanbul Tourist Pass®. Nestled near Dolmabahçe Palace, this captivating tour invites you to explore over 200 masterpieces from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Delve into the evolution of Turkish art, witness royal patronage through court painters' works, and immerse yourself in the allure of Orientalist treasures. With convenient access and expertly curated insights, this tour offers a captivating glimpse into Istanbul's vibrant artistic heritage. Unlock the doors to cultural enlightenment with Istanbul Tourist Pass® and discover the National Palaces Painting Museum's rich tapestry of artistry.

Get your online ticket easily when you arrive at the Museum. Just Show&Go your online ticket and get into the amazing National Palaces Painting MuseumSelf-discover this incredible place by listening to the specially curated audio guide, exclusively prepared by your Pass!

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Hours & Meeting

Open every day except Mondays.

Opening Hour of Ticket Offices: 9:00 AM

Closing Hour of Ticket Offices: 5:00 PM

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Important Information

This is not a guided tour. Enjoy discovering National Palaces Painting Museum at your own pace by listening to the specially curated Audio Guide.

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Children will be asked to present their valid passports at the entrance of the museums in order to validate their age. Children under 5 can enter the museum for free. 

The museum is closed for visits for half a day on the first day of Ramadan and Sacrifice Festivals.

You cannot enter with a suitcase.

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All About National Palaces Painting Museum Skip-the-Ticket- Line Entry with Audio Guide

The National Palaces Painting Museum inaugurated in 2014 within the Crown Prince Residence of Dolmabahçe Palace, is a testament to Istanbul's rich artistic heritage. Supported by the TBMM, the museum showcases a curated selection of over 200 masterpieces from the 19th and early 20th centuries, sourced from both local and international talents.

History of the Museum

Originally serving as the Istanbul Art and Sculpture Museum, established by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in 1937, the building underwent extensive renovation from 2010 to 2014. It emerged as a distinguished museum housing exquisite artworks primarily acquired from the Ottoman dynasty's palaces.

Collection Highlights

Turkish Artists (1870-1930): Featuring works by renowned Ottoman/Turkish painters like Şeker Ahmed Pasha and Osman Hamdi Bey, this section reflects the evolution of Turkish art in the Western context.

Court Painters' Collection: Explore pieces by court painters Stanislaw Chlebowski and Fausto Zonaro, commissioned by Abdulaziz and Abdülhamid II, offering a glimpse into the royal patronage of the arts.

Goupil Gallery Acquisitions: Delve into a unique assortment of paintings acquired from the Goupil Gallery in Paris during Sultan Abdulaziz's reign, providing insights into his artistic preferences.

Ivan Aivazovsky's Works: Step into the grand Ceremony Hall adorned with masterpieces by the esteemed Russian artist Aivazovsky, adding a touch of international flair to the collection.

Abdülmecid II's Legacy: Discover the artistic pursuits of Abdülmecid II, the last crown prince and caliph of the Ottoman dynasty, whose personal library now hosts his remarkable creations.

Orientalist Treasures: Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing Orientalist paintings of the 19th century, capturing the allure and mystique of the Orient through the eyes of renowned artists.

Unlock the doors to Istanbul's vibrant art scene with Istanbul Tourist Pass®, offering privileged access to the National Palaces Painting Museum and a multitude of other enriching experiences across the city. Experience Istanbul's cultural tapestry like never before, one brushstroke at a time, with Istanbul Tourist Pass®. 

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National Palaces Painting Museum Skip-the-Ticket- Line Entry with Audio Guide Frequently Asked Questions

What is the National Palaces Painting Museum?

The National Palaces Painting Museum is located within the Dolmabahçe Palace complex in Istanbul. It houses a collection of paintings from the 19th and early 20th centuries, primarily from the Ottoman palaces.

Is the Painting Museum part of the Dolmabahçe Palace entrance fee?

As of 2023, yes. A single ticket grants access to both the Dolmabahçe Palace and the Painting Museum.

What are the opening hours of the National Palaces Painting Museum?

The museum is open every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, except for Mondays and Thursdays.

What kind of paintings are on display?

The collection focuses on Ottoman-era paintings, including works by European and Turkish artists. There are sections dedicated to Westernization in the Ottoman Empire, European Orientalist paintings, and by Ivan Konstantinovich Ayvazovski.

Can I take photos or videos inside the museum?

No, photography and videography are strictly prohibited inside the National Palaces Painting Museum.

Are there guided tours available?

The Painting Museum is self-guided. The audio guide crafted by Istanbul Tourist Pass® will accompany you on your tour.

Is the museum accessible for people with disabilities?

Accessibility information is not readily available online. It's recommended to contact the Dolmabahçe Palace directly to inquire about accessibility features in the Painting Museum.

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