Address: Meşrutiyet Caddesi No. 141, Tepebaşı Beyoğlu
Phone: (0212) 334 9900
Web Site: www.peramuzesi.org.tr
Working Hours: Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00 - 19:00
Friday: 10:00 - 22:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 19:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 18:00
Closed on Monday
Founded in 2005 by the Suna and Inan Kirac Foundation, the Pera Museum (Pera Müzesi) is housed in the former Bristol Hotel, a beautifully-restored building that was designed and built by architect Achille Manoussos in 1893. The museum has three permanent collections: Orientalist Painting, Kutahya Tiles and Ceramics, and Anatolian Weights and Measures.
The museum frequently houses excellent temporary exhibitions, such as its Botero and Frida Kahlo / Diego Rivera shows the Orientalist Painting collection (now called Istanbul: City of Dreams), features Osman Hamdi’s famous painting The Tortoise Trainer (which the museum bought for 3.5 million dollars in 2004 - the highest price ever paid for a Turkish painting at the time) and it is likely the most popular of the permanent exhibitions.
The museum features many paintings from European artists including the Italian artist, Fausto Zonaro, who was a court artist to the Ottoman sultans from 1896 to 1909, and the French artist Jean-Baptiste Vanmour, who had special access to Ottoman interiors and is particularly famous for his unique paintings of women in the home. There is also a splendid collection of views of Istanbul, through which you can chart the gradually changing skyline of the city.
The Kutahya Tiles and Ceramics collection exhibits over 400 pieces that represent various periods and types, demonstrating how Kutahya tiles and ceramics developed over the years. The Anatolian Weights and Measures collection consists of over 1000 objects that date back to prehistoric times. The exhibited objects include types of scales and measuring instruments used for measuring length, weight, and volume in various fields, such as architecture and jewelry making.