Istanbul for free: Elgiz Museum

Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art
The Elgiz Museum for Contemporary Art is the only museum in Istanbul which is actually free all the time. Besides only the art galleries and the SALT exhibition spaces are free of charge all the time.

The Elgiz Museum for Contemporary Art

The museum opened in 2001 and was founded by the collectors Sevda and Can Elgiz with the idea of promoting the development of contemporary art in Turkey by providing space, support and international visibility to projects by young Turkish artists. 

The Museum is backed up by the Elgiz Collection which consists of work of renown artists such as Ömer Uluç, Abdurrahman Öztoprak, Tracey Emin, Jan Fabre, Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Sol LeWitt, Peter Halley, Paul McCarthy,Robert Rauschenberg and Doug Aitken, permanently integrating new works of young artists.
Roof Exhibition Space at Elgiz Museum

The Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art provides a total of 3500 m2 of exhibition space for the collection and temporary exhibitions. Aside from the main hall, reserved for displaying selections from the Elgiz Collection, there are two Project Rooms plus on top of the Elgiz Museum an open air exhibition space, in the shade of the surrounding plazas, literally a platform to young artists.

After a visit to the Elgiz Museum a visit to the relatively close Emirgan Park, with his three famous pavilions, for some nature and relaxation is highly recommended. And for those who still long for culture, also the Sakip Sabanci Museum, displaying calligraphy and art and furniture from the last 200 years, may be an option, entry is free on Wednesdays.

Take the Metro M2 in the direction of Haciosman and get off at ITU Ayazaga. Take the underpass and walk towards to the Plazas/Windowist Tower. From the exit, walk 50 m to Beybi Giz Plaza.
Or by various busses to the Plazalar stop in front of Istanbul Technical University.

Elgiz Museum, open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00-17:00 Saturday: 10:00-16:00 Tuesday: With appointment only. Tel: +90 212 290 2525
The museum is closed on Sunday, Monday and official holidays. Entrance is free.


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