7 things to do in Istanbul – Visit the Pera Museum

Posted on January 31, 2011


Every visitor who travels to Istanbul knows about the tourist-staples; The Aya Sofia, the Mosques, the Topkapi palace. While these are definitely stunning and should be visited despite the inevitable crowds, I must say that my favourite site in Istanbul was not one of the ones I’ve just mentioned, but the Pera museum, a small but perfectly formed gallery/museum.


The Pera museum is a newish addition to Istanbul, since it’s only been around since 2005. This exhibition space is split over five  floors, and is dedicated to both permanent and temporary exhibitions. The former feature a beautiful collection of Orientalist paintings, Anatolian weights and measures and Kutahya tiles and ceramics. The temporary exhibits can be about anything from Japanese culture and cartoons to Frida Kahlo.

While when I was in Istanbul, the sites of Sultanahmed were swamped with people, the Pera Museum was refreshingly quiet. I also really liked the fact that in the space of one building, you could get a taste of both old and new.

-Text and photography by Denise Pulis @www.travelwithdenden.wordpress.com

Posted in: Istanbul