Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Cd. No:65, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Sun 12pm - 6pm
Tue - Thur, Sat 10am - 7pm
Fri 10am - 10pm
Discover a Gem of a MuseumThe Pera neighborhood of Istanbul has long been a culturally important area, particularly in the 19th century when İstiklal Avenue (then the Grand Rue de Pera) and its backstreets were lined with stately embassies, fashionable cafés, and elegant theaters. It is a natural location for the Pera Museum, which exhibits historically significant Turkish and international art in the restored Bristol Hotel building dating to 1893. The permanent exhibits include Orientalist paintings from the Ottoman Empire (The Tortoise Trainer by Osman Hamdi Bey is worth seeking out), a large collection of Anatolian weights and measuring instruments dating back thousands of years, and a selection of ceramics and tiles particular to the Turkish coffee tradition. Visiting shows have introduced Turkish audiences to art as varied as Grayson Perry's tapestries and contemporary Balkan photography. The cinema also shows a rotating program of art-house and independent films. The museum is open late each Friday night with free admission.