21-10-2022 - Museums

Top Museums in Istanbul

Istanbul is the meeting point of history with modernity. The city has deep roots coming through centuries and still vibrantly living, and breathing. Art has always been a reflection of the city’s rich identity and cosmopolitan culture. 

In getting to know a city deeply, museums have always been special places. In this article, we handpicked 5 different must-see museums when you are in İstanbul. You will find modern art museums as well as museums of history and culture. If you are ready let’s have a look at the top museums you’ll want to visit in İstanbul


Turkey’s First Museum of Modern Art


İstanbul Modern

İstanbul Modern has a special place in our list because of its important role in not only İstanbul’s but also Turkey’s art environment. Founded in 2004, İstanbul Modern is Turkey’s first museum of modern and contemporary art

By 2022, the museum has a new building situated in Galataport Karaköy. This building is also art itself! It is designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the mastermind of buildings for numerous international museums and art institutions, among them Centre Pompidou, Whitney Museum, Centro Botín, and Beyeler Foundation Museum. So if you are an architecture nerd, you will love the building also. 

İstanbul Modern offers visitors a great museum experience in its various exhibition halls. They also offer educational workshops, film screenings, an abundant library, a design shop with great souvenirs, and a restaurant with a great view of the Bosphorus. It is also a great place to go with the kids! They offer numerous activities to kids including movie screenings, workshops and special guided tours. İstanbul Modern is also accessible to visitors with disabilities. So you don’t need to leave anyone behind!

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Check out the latest program of the museum and enjoy your day. Take some photos and videos and share them on Instagram using the #loveistanbul hashtag, we are curious about your comments!  

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