Art Museums/Galleries in Istanbul

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  • Discover Istanbul through the eyes of its modern and classic art. Modern art has been picking quite fast recently with many young and mature artists making exemplary jumps into the arena with themed arts and exhibitions. To follow some of these very interesting new forms art, do not forget to drop by art galleries in Nisantasi, Karaköy and Beyoğlu. Galleries like Galeri Nev, X-Ist, Ramba, Art Sümer may get you started on an introductory phase into modern Turkish art.

    There is yet on the other hand classic art forms that have influences from centuries back. Ottoman art, Ottoman art on carpets, on walls, on decorative items are all classic forms of art. In the Ottoman era, art as in a painting was much less common and much less popular due to religious influences. What remains from that era is therefore embedded in ornaments and figurines. Whilst Topkapı Palace may your best shot at getting a glimpse of such classic art, do have a look at museum picks below.

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    Istanbul Modern

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    Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. Liman Sahasý Antrepo No: 4

    Contemporary art museum in a converted warehouse atop Bosphorus... read more

    Pera Museum

    Meþrutiyet Caddesi 141

    The finest of Türkish culture... read more

    Eski Şark Eserleri Müzesi (Ancient Eastern Archeological Museum)

    Şark Eserleri Müzesi

    15,000 Archeological Pieces on Display... read more

    Mosaic Museum

    Torun Sokak, close to Sultanahmet Square
    Entrance at Torun Sok., across from the entrance to the Sultanahmet Sarayi Hotel; accessible through Arasta Bazaar to the southeast of the Blue Mosque

    Byzantine mosaics belonging to Grand Palace of Constantinople... read more

    Arnavutköy Art Gallery

    Bebek Arnavutkoy Caddesi 75 

    Artistic Endavours... read more

    Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

    Istanbul, Turkey
    Ibrahim Pasa Sarayi, on the Hippodrome, Sultanahmet

    Museum of Turkish & Islamic Arts (Turk Ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi)

    At Meydanı 46

    Former Islamic Palace... read more


    Istiklal Caddesi
    Apt. 311/4

    Fine Sketches... read more

    Elipsis Gallery

    37 Faik Pasa Yokusu Caddesi

    Photographers Unite... read more

    Kariye Museum

    Kariye Camii Street

    Amazing mosaics... read more
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