Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.65
34443 Tepebaşı – Beyoğlu – İstanbul
From the Pera Museum:
“The Pera Museum, which opened its doors in early June 2005, is the first step of a comprehensive cultural endeavor that the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation has launched at this distinguished venue in the city for the purpose of providing cultural service on a variety of levels. An historical structure which was originally constructed in 1893 by the architect Achille Manoussos in Tepebaşı (İstanbul’s most prestigious district in those days) and which was, until rather recently, known as the Bristol Hotel, was completely renovated to serve as a museum and cultural center for the project. Transformed into a fully-equipped modern museum, this venerable building is now serving the people of İstanbul once again.”
“The Pera Museum (Pera Müzesi) in the Tepebaşı district of Beyoğlu in Istanbul, is a wonderful art museum with permanent collections and changing exhibits. The façade is that of the old Hotel Bristol, just up the street from the far more famous Pera Palace Hotel (Pera Palas Oteli) overlooking the Golden Horn. Behind the Victorian-era façade (1893) all is modern, however: five floors of beautiful, well-lit art galleries. The museum is open (TL7, TL3 for students and 60+, free for kids 12 and under) from 10 am to 7 pm (Sunday 12 noon to 6 pm), closed Monday. The ground floor holds the museum shop and café. To see everything, take the elevator/lift to the top (5th) floor and walk down. The collections include more than 300 works by European, Ottoman and Turkish masters, including Osman Hamdi Bey. Pride of place goes to Osman Hamdi’s famous “Tortoise Trainer” (Kaplumbağa Terbiyecisi). The first floor holds [a] permanent collection…Anatolian weights and measures (scales, balances, etc. in brass, copper, iron, steel and other materials.)”
The museum is located just off of Istiklal Caddessi. It contains five floors for exhibitions and has an auditorium in the basement. When we visited, the top three floors contained an exhibition of artworks and design by students of Anadolu University. While some of the works were more works in progress, most of them were mature, progressive, finely executed and displayed well. The first floor was dedicated to a permanent exhibition of Anatolian weights and measures, some dating back to approximately 3500 B.C. The second floor houses the Suna and İnan Kıraç Orientalist Painting Collection. The floor that you enter the museum from houses a cafe and reception/ticketing. Overall, the Pera Museum is small, but very well done.