In the center of Istanbul, not far from tram station ‘Tophane’, you can find Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. It’s one of most popular museums to visit in Istanbul, because each day there held a lot of exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. Located directly on the shores of the Bosporus, the museum amazes both for its size – more than 8,000 square meters, and exhibits that are presented in it.
The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul collects, carefully keeps and makes available a pieces of modern art for connoisseurs. As part of its commitment to the exchange and promote the works of modern art of Turkey in the international art world, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art is involved in a wide range of inter-state activities. In addition to the permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, photo exhibitions, art-classrooms for education and social programs, the museum offers visitors to spend time in the modern-art-cinema, restaurant made in a modern style, store, or find a book in the extensive library.
Expositions in Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul has two main exhibition halls. The permanent collection of the museum is located on the first floor. In the large hall, the works of outstanding artists are exhibited in chronological order, here you can get acquainted with the exhibits demonstrating the development of art of Turkey since its inception and up to the present day.
In the exhibition hall, you can feel the development dynamics of the various art forms of Turkey that reflect the social, cultural, economic and political components of society. The collection includes a wide range of exhibits, ranging from painting and sculpture, and ending with the media installations, mostly video.
On the second floor simultaneously held several temporary exhibitions and photo located a photo gallery. It hosts conceptual shows and retrospectives, presenting examples of art in modern Turkey.
Often showplaces are used for large-scale international exhibitions. In the photo gallery you can see the reflection of development of modern art in the world, mainly in Turkey. In addition, the gallery hosts exhibitions of famous photographers from Turkey and abroad. For modern sculpture genre, Modern Istanbul assigned different hall.
In addition, Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul conducts a lot exhibitions in architecture, design, video and new media fields.
Library of the Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul
The ever-growing collection of the library contains more than 9,000 books and various science magazines. Main represented themes are the history of Turkish art and national artists, the publications about theory and practice of art, as well as the art of photography. All information about the Library collection of the Museum of Modern Art is available through the online catalogs of the automated library system, which facilitates the search of the desired book. Many publications are presented in electronic form. Visitors often surprised with unusual design of the library of the museum, where a lot of paper books are hanging from the ceiling.
The shop of the Museum of Modern Art offers a wide collection of gifts, ranging from art books to the original souvenirs, gifts and accessories, which will remind you about your visit to museum for long years.
Colorful catalogs and reproductions of paintings will give the chance to share your memories with your friends. In addition, the shop sells jewelry, stationery and accessories from world famous designers. Visitors of the museum can claim 10% discount to the value of the selected goods.
Excursions in the Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul
Free guided tours by organized groups are available on Thursdays and Sundays at 5:00 pm. Groups include 4 to 12 people. Tours must be reserved in advance. To reserve first call to: 0212 334 73 41.
Forty-five-minute long paid excursions can be bought for individuals or for groups of 4 to 12 people on Mondays. Languages: Turkish or English. Cost 10TL per person.
Audio guides on Turkish or English are available for 10TL and are designed for a 45-minute self-guided tours at the Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul
The restaurant in the Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul
The unique view of the Bosporus and the old town, a spacious outdoor terrace, large windows of the main hall, stylish décor and a varied menu – what else is needed to create the ideal conditions for rest and a leisurely enjoying of delicious dishes and desserts?
If you decide to take a break from visiting the museum, a quick snack or prefer a leisurely meal, surfing on the Internet, thanks to the free WiFi, then a restaurant in Istanbul Museum of Modern Art will be probably the best choice.
The cost of visiting the Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul
Adult ticket price to museum is 17TL, for groups (minimum 10 people) – 14TL, for students – 9TL but only on Thursdays, children under the twelfth years may enter for free. For citizens of Turkey the entrance is free each Thursday. The museum is closed on January 1 and every first day of any religious holiday.
Museum of Modern Art in Istanbul is located near the mosque Nusretiye. You can reach the museum by bus or tram T1, coming on Tophane stop. In addition, the museum has its own paid parking for cars from 5 to 20 TL (hours/day).