The Pera Museum (Pera
the Tepebaşı district
of Beyoğlu in
is a wonderful art museum with
permanent collections and changing
The façade is that of the old Hotel
up the street from the far more famous Pera
Palace Hotel (Pera
Palas Oteli) overlooking the
Horn. Behind the Victorian-era
(1893) all is modern, however: five
floors of beautiful, well-lit art galleries.
The museum is open (TL7,
for students and 60+, free for kids
12 and under) from 10 am to 7 pm (Sunday
12 noon to 6 pm), closed
The ground floor holds the museum
shop and café.
To see everything,
take the elevator/lift to
the top (5th) floor and walk down.
I saw a fine temporary exhibit of
Henri Cartier-Bresson photographs on
5th and 4th floors.
The third floor is
devoted to exhibitions of 17th-
to 19th-century Orientalist paintings
from the superb collections of
the Kıraç family
(founders of the Pera Museum), and
the Gönül family.
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
first floor holds two permanent
of Kütahya faience (colored tiles
and pottery), and Anatolian
weights and measures (scales, balances, etc.
in brass, copper, iron, steel and other
While you're in the area, have a look
at the Pera
Palace Hotel just down
the street (Meşrutiyet Caddesi). To
see what the old Hotel Bristol looked
like, walk in the opposite direction
to the Grand Hotel de Londres (Büyük
Londra Oteli), still operated
as a hotel.
Meşrutiyet Caddesi No. 141
Tel +90 212 334 9900
—by Tom Brosnahan