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A Mansion of Art
Similar to the American Rockefeller family, the Turkish Sabancis are a wealthy business family known for their philanthropy and art patronage. The Sakip Sabanci Museum was originally a showcase of the family’s collection of Ottoman and Turkish calligraphy, decorative arts, and paintings, housed in an elegant Italianate summer mansion. A modern gallery extension has been added for temporary exhibits of works from artists diverse as Ai Wei Wei and Heinz Mack. While the terrace restaurant has been closed, the space is now used for events such as theater performances and al fresco yoga classes in season. The museum can be reached by bus from Taksim, but better to appreciate the Bosphorus views if you arrive by ferryboat to Emirgan. Wednesday is a free admission day with extended hours.