Step into the vibrant world of Turkish art as our KU Guide Beste takes you on a captivating journey through two of Türkiye’s most renowned art collections.

Join us this Thursday for an unforgettable museum experience, where we’ll immerse ourselves in the masterpieces of Pera Museum and İstanbul Modern Museum. Discover the captivating exhibitions at Pera Museum, including ‘Istanbul Today,’ ‘Intersecting Worlds,’ and the timeless works of Osman Hamdi Bey. Then, prepare to be amazed as we explore the contemporary wonders at İstanbul Modern Museum, featuring the breathtaking ‘Floating Islands’ and the mesmerizing films of Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Don’t miss out on this remarkable gathering – a day filled with art, connection, and inspiration!

Do not miss the opportunity!

RSVP is a must!

Please fill out the RSVP form after checking the details below: click here.

We will begin our journey at the Pera Museum, where we’ll immerse ourselves in a diverse array of captivating exhibitions, including ‘Istanbul Today,’ ‘Intersecting Worlds,’ ‘Osman Hamdi Bey,’ ‘The Art of Weights and Measures,’ and ‘Coffee Break.’ Afterward, we’ll make our way to the eagerly anticipated İstanbul Modern Museum at its new location, where we’ll be treated to an exceptional permanent collection of contemporary art and current exhibitions, such as ‘Floating Islands,’ ‘Nuri Bilge Ceylan: In Another Place, Always Here,’ ‘Renzo Piano: Genius Loci,’ and ‘Constructing Architecture.’ Join us for an enriching experience brimming with art, culture, and inspiration.


Opened on June 8, 2005, Pera Museum is a prestigious private museum established by the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation. Situated in the historic Tepebaşı district, the remarkable building, originally designed as the Bristol Hotel by architect Achille Manoussos, underwent a remarkable renovation led by restorer and architect Sinan Genim in 2003. Genim successfully transformed the interior into a modern, fully-equipped museum while preserving the captivating exterior façade, a vital part of Istanbul’s architectural heritage.

Pera Museum, through the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation’s three permanent collections—”Orientalist Paintings,” “Anatolian Weights and Measures,” and “Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics”—not only aims to showcase the aesthetic beauty of these collections but also strives to engage the public in a meaningful dialogue about the values and identities they represent. Using innovative methods such as exhibitions, publications, audio-visual events, learning activities, and academic works, the museum endeavors to transmit the beauty and significance of these works to future generations. By collaborating with esteemed international institutions, including Tate Britain, Victoria and Albert Museum, St. Petersburg Russian State Museum, JP Morgan Chase Collection, New York School of Visual Arts, and the Maeght Foundation, Pera Museum has introduced Turkish audiences to countless internationally acclaimed artists, such as Jean Dubuffet, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rembrandt, Niko Pirosmani, Josef Koudelka, Joan Miró, Akira Kurosawa, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Fernando Botero, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Goya, Manolo Valdés, Andy Warhol, Cecil Beaton, Alberto Giacometti, Giorgio de Chirico, and Sergey Parajanov.

Since its inauguration, Pera Museum collaborates annually with national and international art and educational institutions, showcasing exhibitions that support emerging artists. Accompanied by books, catalogs, audio-visual events, and learning programs, each exhibition offers a comprehensive experience. Additionally, Pera Film, in tandem with its seasonal programs and events, presents an extensive selection of screenings, ranging from classics and independent films to animations and documentaries, often tied to the themes of temporary exhibitions.

Today, Pera Museum has established itself as a prominent cultural hub in one of Istanbul’s most vibrant quarters, captivating visitors with its diverse offerings and unique artistic atmosphere.

Current Exhibitions:

December 23, 2022 –

September 17, 2023

Istanbuls Today is a photography exhibition that offers a comprehensive look into contemporary visual narratives from various Istanbuls that are shaped and experienced concurrently with the hope of creating a layered and innovative view of Istanbul’s present.

Ambassadors and Painters

Art patronage and ambassadors’ portraits from the 17th to the 19th centuries, with works selected from the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Orientalist Painting Collection

The life and art of Osman Hamdi Bey through his works in the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Collection

An Ottoman intellectual raised by the Tanzimat Era… An exceptional personality, who made substantial, diversified, and lifelong contributions to various fields of culture and arts such as painting, archaeology, museology, and art education…

Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection

As the measurement of discovery became the substance of myths, weighing and measuring, beyond mere physical actions, became an important means of self-expression to those captivated by the universe and what lay beyond the boundaries of knowledge. 

The Adventure of Coffee in Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics

Discovered in Ethiopia as the “magic fruit,” and reaching the land of the Ottomans through Yemen in the 15th century, coffee soon assumed its place as a prestigious beverage in the palace and wealthy households. 



Istanbul Modern, established in 2004 as Türkiye’s pioneer museum of modern and contemporary art, is dedicated to sharing the nation’s artistic creativity and cultural identity with both local and international art communities through a wide range of interdisciplinary activities. With a global perspective, the museum collects works encompassing modern and contemporary art, photography, design, architecture, and new media, acting as a bridge to promote Türkiye’s cultural identity in the global art scene while supporting artists in their creative endeavors and international collaborations. Striving to make art accessible to all, Istanbul Modern offers educational programs catering to art enthusiasts of all ages, aiming to cultivate a passion for the arts and foster active engagement. Soon, Istanbul Modern will proudly open its doors at its original location in Karaköy, unveiling a magnificent new building masterfully designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, known for his iconic contributions to museums and cultural institutions worldwide.

Current Exhibitions:

Event Plan

Noon: Meeting at the Entrance of Pera Museum

Noon- 2:30 PM: Pera Museum Tour 

 2:30- 3 PM: Break for coffee or other needs,

 3- 3:20 PM: Heading to İstanbul Modern Museum

 3:30- 6 PM: İstanbul Modern Museum Tour

Date: May 18th,  2023, Thursday

Time: Between Noon- 6 PM

Location: Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.65 34430 Tepebaşı – Beyoğlu – İstanbul

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Do I have to pay for anything?

Participants have to pay for their expenses, including transportation, food & beverages, and entry fees. 

It would be recommended to carry some cash with you.

Fee Details:

İstanbul Modern:

  • Regular: 200₺
  • Discounted (Students, 65 and older): 150₺
  • Group (More than 10 people): 150₺
  • Residents of Türkiye: 
    • Regular: 120₺
    • Discounted (Students, Teachers, Retiree, 65 and older): 80₺
    • Group (More than 10 people): 80₺
    • Museum Members, Children Under 12, Visitors with Disabilities, ICOM, CIMAM, and MMKD Cardholders: Free
    • Free admission on Tuesdays between 14.00-18.00 hours for 18-25 year-olds who reside in Türkiye. Discounted admission is available for students and visitors aged 65 and over upon presentation of a valid ID.

Pera Museum Admission Fees

  • Adult: 80₺
  • Concessions: 40₺ (12 years old or younger, students, faculty, 60 years and over)
  • Group: 60₺ (minimum 10 people)

Where and when to meet the KU Guides and the group?

  • Pera Museum Entrance at noon.

RSVP is a must!

Please fill out the RSVP form after checking the details below: click here

This activity will be led by Beste.

You can email her if you have any questions