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Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul

4.7
#9 of 101 in Museums in Istanbul
View calligraphic art, religious and state documents, and paintings of the Ottoman era at Sakip Sabanci Museum, housed in the former family home of the wealthy Sabanci family. Collections include 18th- and 19th-century Chinese porcelain, vases, and decorated plates, in addition to 19th-century French and German porcelain. Get an educational view of Ottoman calligraphic art over 500 years with nearly 400 pieces of calligraphy, including manuscripts, Korans and prayer books, calligraphic panels, imperial documents and seals, and poetry books. The over 320 paintings of the Ottoman and Republican era include works by Ottoman and Turkish artists like Ibrahim Calli. Aside from these permanent exhibitions, the museum hosts cultural events and temporary exhibits of foreign artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Rodin, and Miro. The museum is accessible via car or taxi and has limited opening hours when hosting cultural events, so call ahead or check the website to confirm opening hours. To visit Sakip Sabanci Museum on your trip to Istanbul, use our Istanbul tour itinerary maker website.
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  • An impressive art display. We were fortunate to see the works of Avni Lifij. Most of his art including his personal letters. A must visit.  more »
  • Agood place to spend a few hours with a cafe to have a snack for lunch, although it is expensive. Wednesday is the day for free admission.  more »
  • You'll fall in love with the grounds, the museum, and the views. There is a restaurant on the grounds, and the views from it are spectacular (Although it is pricey, it is worth it). The museum is a...  more »
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  • Best museum I went to in Istanbul. Very small but high-quality collection. The cafe is nice as well.
  • Compact museum but always full of very interesting galleries. Thanks to generous donation of Sabanci family, the museum’s location is amazing and has a breathtaking bosphrous view. Finally, the museum is also a home for a modern top-notch restaurant called MSA
  • Nice park, Great terrace with a wonderful view of Bosphorus. Actually entrance is for free, if you want to visit park and restaurant only, but Tricky thing, they offer you to take a ticket at entrance, without saying that. And you don’t have to pay, if you are not going to visit museum. Was not going to visit exhibition so paid 35 lira is just for nothing.
  • A great place to be, very well attended and have some of the most rare items
  • Off the beaten track but so worth a visit. The exhibits were exquisite and the garden a gem! The view from the terrace was marvellous. We took a bus to get there from Kabatas and took the boat back. This was a treat too and inexpensive!

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