Pera Museum

Pera Müzesi

Would you like to see a canvas that is worth 3.5 million dollars? If so, you have to pay a visit to the Pera Museum. The museum is located in the building of the former Bristol hotel, built in 1893 that was open till 1983. It is a relatively new museum, opened in 2005, but it has instantly become one of the most popular museums in Istanbul. After the reconstruction only the façade of the former hotel remained.

The museum’s exhibition is divided into five floors. The first two are for the permanent displays. The first floor exhibits a collection of Anatolian Weights and Measures, from the ancient ages to modern times. The second part of the display features ceramics from the workshops of Kütahya.

The museum also holds a rich collection of 17th-20th century works of Turkish and European painters. The museum’s greatest treasure is a work by the prominent Turkish scientist, archaeologist and painter, first director of the Archaeological Museum of Istanbul, Osman Hamdi Bey. His most famous painting, the Tortoise Trainer was purchased by the foundation of Suna and Inan Kirac for 3.5 million dollars!

The upper floors hold temporary exhibitions, film screenings, various conferences and seminars. Modern art displays are changed every two-three months. After visiting the museum the guests can rest at a cozy art-café or buy some souvenirs.

Address: Asmalı Mescit, Meşrutiyet Cad. 65
Opening hours: closed on Mondays. Tue-Thu, Sat 10 am – 7 pm, Fri 10 am -10 pm (6 pm - 10 pm free of charge), Sun 12 pm – 6 pm
How to reach: Tünel (NT1)
Coordinates: 41.031837, 28.975029