Istanbul Modern

Address: Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi, Sahası Antrepo No. 4, Karaköy, Istanbul, 34433, Turkey
Telephone: 0212 334 73 00

- Mid-range


Cool contemporary art venue with a great location and café.

Istanbul’s contemporary art museum, located in a stylishly renovated old warehouse, offers an interesting, if not terribly exciting, permanent collection of Turkish painting on the top floor, and generally more compelling temporary exhibits on a wide range from themes in the lower galleries. The attached Istanbul Modern Café overlooking the water has excellent food and great views, while the museum shop is a good place to pick up interesting design-focused souvenirs.

Value for money

Price advice

Regular admission is 12 Turkish Liras; students and seniors are half-price. Everyone gets in for free on Thursdays.

Expert tips

Check to see what’s playing in the downstairs movie theatre, which offers an interesting monthly film program.

Pop across the car park afterwards to see what’s on at Sanat Limanı (Art Port), a new art space showcasing modern and experimental works in a vast converted warehouse.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • Shopping
  • Chilling out
  • Art