Opened in 2004 as Turkey’s first museum of modern and contemporary art, the Istanbul Modern Art Museum relocated in 2018 to a temporary space in the Asmalimescit neighborhood while a new building is constructed. The city’s preeminent modern-art museum features contemporary works by Turkish artists and rotating temporary exhibitions.
With a collection of modern and contemporary work by Turkish artists and an innovative program of temporary exhibitions, Istanbul Modern is a cultural must-see. Stroll through the white-walled galleries to view the collection, which includes photography, sculpture, digital art, and installations.
Guided tours in English of the Istanbul Modern Art Museum can be arranged on-site for a fee. Most small-group and private tours combine a visit to the museum with a broader exploration of culture and food in the surrounding neighborhood, including Galata, Karakӧy, and Taksim Square. Hop-on hop-off bus tours also stop at the museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Istanbul Modern is a must-visit for art buffs.
- The museum is located in a temporary space as of 2018.
- The structure is fully wheelchair accessible.
- Strollers are available to borrow for free.
How to Get There
Temporary located in the Beyoğlu district, the Istanbul Modern Art Museum is close to the Tunel funicular, not far from the pedestrian boulevard Istiklal Caddesi. To get there by public transportation, take the M2 metro line or a bus to Şişhane.
When to Get There
The Istanbul Modern Art Museum is closed on Mondays and stays open into the evening on Thursdays. It is closed on New Year’s Day and on the first day of religious holidays. Arrive early in the day to beat the crowds and explore the museum's collection at your own pace.
The Permanent Collection
The Istanbul Modern Art Museum’s permanent collection includes works by highly regarded Turkish modern and contemporary artists. Highlights include Fahrelnissa Zeid’s large-scale colorful abstract canvases and selections from the artist Sarkis, who works in neon.