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Art Museums and Galleries in Istanbul

Istanbul’s burgeoning reputation as a cultural centre has led to an explosion of art galleries and museums popping up all over the city.

Seeking to promote both Turkish and international, contemporary and classical artists, these institutions provide a wonderful outlet for creative talent in Istanbul. Most of the art galleries and museums in Istanbul are scattered in and around Beyoğlu and along the Bosphorus, with a growing number setting up shop in other parts of the city.

Istanbul Modern – Museum of Modern Art
Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. Antrepo No:4, Tophane
+90-212-3347300
In a city that prides itself on its history, Istanbul Modern Museum is a refreshing alternative for those who want to see a piece of the ‘new Istanbul.’

Sadberk Hanim Museum
Büyükdere Piyasa Cad. No: 27- 29, Sariyer
+90-212-2423813
This privately owned museum is dedicated to the late wife of Vehbi Koc, the self-made founder of the Koc dynasty, one of the wealthiest families in Turkey.

Galerist
Istiklal Cad Mısır Apt. 163/4, Istiklal Street
+90-212-2448230
Situated inside the beautiful Misir Apartment building on Istiklal Street, Galerist contemporary art gallery is committed to the arts both inside and out.

Dogancay Museum
İstiklal cad. Balo Sok. no. 42, Istiklal Street
+90-212-2447770
Dogancay Museum, opened in 2004, was the first modern art museum in Turkey. It houses an extensive collection of art from father-son team Adil and Burhan Dogancay.

ARTER Istanbul
Istiklal Cad. No:211, Istiklal Street
+90-212-2433767
One of a handful of art galleries on Istiklal Street, ARTER art gallery provides extensive exhibition space for contemporary art at the heart of Istanbul.

Santral Istanbul
Eski Silahtarağa Elektrik Santralı, Kazım Karabekir Cad. No:1, Eyup
This funky contemporary art museum enjoys a spectacular setting inside the first urban power plant of the Ottoman Empire.

Casa dell’Arte Art Gallery
İstiklal Cad. Mısır Apt. No:163 , K:3 D:10, Istiklal Street
+90-212-2511214
Housed inside the beautiful Misir Apartment building on Istiklal Street, Casa dell’Arte Art Gallery was established by one of Turkey’s leading art collector families.

Turkish-Islamic Arts Museum – Ibrahim Pasha 
Atmeydanı, Sultanahmet
Sultanahmet’s Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, located in the former palace of Ibrahim Pasa, houses an extensive collection of religious and other Turkish treasures dating from the 8th Century.

Visitor Favourites Art Museums and Galleries

Istanbul Modern – Museum of Modern Art
Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. Antrepo No:4, Tophane

Turkish-Islamic Arts Museum – Ibrahim Pasha Palace
Atmeydanı, Sultanahmet

Santral Istanbul
Eski Silahtarağa Elektrik Santralı, Kazım Karabekir Cad. No:1, Eyup

Sakip Sabanci Museum
Sakip Sabanci Cad. 22, Emirgan

Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art
Meydan Sokak, Baby Giz Plaza B Blok, Maslak

Sadberk Hanim Museum
Büyükdere Piyasa Cad. No: 27- 29, Sariyer

Pera Museum
Meşruriyet Cad. No.65, Tepebaşi

ARTER Istanbul
Istiklal Cad. No:211, Istiklal Street

SALT
Istiklal Cad. No:136, Istiklal Street

Dogancay Museum
İstiklal cad. Balo Sok. no. 42, Istiklal Street

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