Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art opened in 2004 in a former customs warehouse near the cruise ship docks. It displays works from the 1960s to the present, mostly from Turkish artists. That might sound like something that would only appeal to a small niche, but the collection is quite engaging. The upper floor houses the permanent collection, as well as a gift shop and restaurant. The lower floor houses temporary exhibitions, a cinema, and a library.
The New Works, New Horizons exhibit documents the development of modern art in Turkey. Each work is captioned with its context and how it relates to life in Turkey, though most are in Turkish. The painting collection is especially strong, but there is also sculpture, photographs, and video installations. The cinema plays classic movies, though once again English speakers may feel left out as they are usually subtitled in Turkish.
Anyone lover of art should definitely visit. The collection gives visitors an in depth view of the modern art scene. If you're no interested in art, the museum is in a wonderful location, right on the Golden Horn. The views of Istanbul are breathtaking. The attached restaurant serves excellent Turkish food.
Location: Mecli-i Mebusan Caddesi
Telephone: +90 0212 334 7300
Hours: Open Tuesday through Sunday 10:00-18:00, Thursday 10:00-20:00
7TL Students and Seniors (65+)
Free for children under 12.
Free on Thursdays.