Pera Museum Tours

Pera Museum
A private arts museum based in the historic 19th-century building that was once home to the Hotel Bristol, the Pera Museum opened in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district in 2005. On the outside, it's all Victorian flourishes and pillars. Inside it's a hyper modern space with three acclaimed permanent collections: Orientalist Paintings, Anatolian Weights and Measures, and Kütahya Tiles and Ceramic.

The Orientalist Collection features work by artists including Suna and Kıraç who were inspired by the 17th- to 19th-century Ottoman Empire. It's here on the second floor that you'll see Osman Hamdi Bey's most famous artwork, The Tortoise Trainer, painted in 1906, which satirizes the Ottoman Empire’s slow attempts at social reformation. In the Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection on the first floor, discover over 10,000 pieces, both prehistoric and modern. And the Kütahya Tiles and Ceramic Collection displays over 800 pieces with a particular focus on Kütahya crafts from the 18th-20th century. The Pera Museum also hosts rolling exhibitions on its fifth floor, and artists whose collections have been on show here include Goya, Rembrandt, and Diego Rivera.

Practical Info

On Meşrutiyet Caddesi 65, adult tickets to the Pera Museum cost TL15, while children under 12 enter for free. The museum is closed Mondays, but is open 10am-7pm from Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 6pm on Sunday.
Address: Mesrutiyet Cad. No.65, Istanbul, Turkey
Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-7pm; Sun noon-6pm
Admission: Adults TL15, children under 12 are free.
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Private Tour: Istanbul Sightseeing Including Museum of Innocence, Pera Museum and Çukurcuma

Go back in time on this immersive half-day private tour of Istanbul. An expert local guide will take you to some of this magical city’s most fascinating places, uncovering this history of each of them. Tour the famed Pera Museum with artisanal ceramics, tiles, and other Anatolian objects, as well as Osman Hamdi Bey’s celebrated ‘Tortoise Trainer.’ Wander Istanbul’s artsy Çukurcuma district, filled with museums and antique stores. See the offbeat Museum of Innocence, founded by local author Orhan Pamuk. This private experience ensures an intimate experience and personal attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour

Sample your way through Istanbul on this small-group food and culture tour. Stroll the city’s historic streets with an expert guide, dipping into local markets and cafes along the way. Taste foods from typical streets vendors and patisseries (own expense), and peruse some local shops as well. This tour offers a great overview of Istanbul’s lively food scene. Group size is limited to 15 people to ensure a quality experience.
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