Visiting Days and Hours

The 15th Istanbul Biennial can be visited free of charge at all venues.

Istanbul Modern, Galata Greek Primary School, ARK Kültür, Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam and Yoğunluk Artist Atelier are open every day except Monday between 10.00 and 18.00 (last admission 17.40). Istanbul Modern is open until 20.00 on Thursday (last admission 19.40).

Pera Museum is open from 10.00 to 19.00 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday; from 10.00 to 22.00 on Friday and from 12.00 to 18.00 on Sunday. The Museum is closed on Monday.

Male section of Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam is closed after 16.00 because of Tuğçe Tuna’s performance. Please click here for reservation of Body Drops performance.

The Biennial will be open on the Republic Day, 29 October, Sunday.

All the Biennial venues except for Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam will be open until midnight on the last Saturday of the Biennial, 11 November. Additional guided tours will be organised at Galata Greek Primary School, Istanbul Modern and Pera Museum at 20.00 and 22.00 at this longest day of the Biennial. Tickets are here for the guided tours.

Meclis-i Mebusan Street on which Istanbul Modern is located, Kemeraltı Street on which Galata Greek Primary School is located, and Kadir Has Street (Balat Coastal Line) which is a prevalent route to visit Küçük Mustafa Paşa Hammam will be closed to traffic on the last day of the Biennial, 12 November, Sunday, between 09.00 and 13.00, due to the Istanbul Marathon to take place. Visitors are advised to avoid driving to the venues by car or taking busses, and prefer arriving at the venues on foot. Subways and sea routes will be operating.

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts acknowledges the invaluable contribution of 2007-2026 Biennial Sponsor Koç Holding towards making free admission to the biennial possible for all visitors.

Visitor Registration

In order to learn more about visitors’ behaviour and to provide them with further information regarding its other activities, this year, İKSV begins using a QR code system for Biennial visits. You may register for a personal QR code that will enable you to visit the Biennial at all venues by filling out the form at or at registration desks at the venues. Registering online prior to visit is advised to avoid queues at the entrances. Visitors will not have to present IDs.

A personal QR code will be sent to your e-mail within a day after you complete the form at Please check your spam folder or contact us at if you do not receive your QR code.

Guided Tours

Guided Tours Sponsored by Koç Holding

Guided tours to the 15th Istanbul Biennial are held every day except Mondays throughout the duration of the Biennial, at Istanbul Modern, Galata Greek Primary School and Pera Museum. Single tickets give access to a guided tour in one venue only, while a combined ticket is valid for all venues.

Guided tours last for about an hour and are conducted by students majoring in art history or fine art, all with specialist knowledge of the Biennial exhibition obtained under the supervision of scholar and museologist Mine Küçük. Guided tours enable visitors to get a closer look at the artworks, to learn about the exhibition and its conceptual framework, and to inquire further about the works and the artists.

Istanbul Modern, Galata Greek Primary School, Pera Museum
11.00, 14.00, 16.00 daily except Mondays

Guided tours at 11.00 do not take place at the Pera Museum on sundays.

Guided tour tickets are 30 TL (student 15 TL) per person for a single venue and 55 TL (student 25 TL) per person for all venues.

Contact us at and +90 (212) 334 08 32 for further information.

You may visit the Biennial as a group outside the regular guided tour schedule. To book a VIP Guided Tour, please contact Neva Abrar at +90 (212) 334 07 76 or

Biennial Special Tickets

Biennial Special Tickets reward you as a supporter of the exhibition with special opportunities and benefits:

- Be among the Biennial’s guests at the preview days on 14–15 September 2017
- Get the exhibition book for free
- Receive an invitation for the Biennial’s opening party
- Get a 10% discount on all Biennial merchandise
- Get discounts at various cafes, restaurants, bookshops and music stores in Istanbul

Children and Youth

Young People Experience the Biennial with the Support of Koç Holding

Young audience are invited to question, debate and make new work around the notions of home, neighbours and neighbourhoods on the occasion of the 15th Istanbul Biennial; thanks to a dedicated education programme for children and young people conceived in collaboration with Polly Brannan and Pera Education. Young audiences have the chance to participate in bespoke tours, workshops, discussions, walks, mappings and other events. Moreover, their work will be shared through various online platforms during the course of the Istanbul Biennial.

For further information on the contents of various workshops aiming different age groups, you can jump to the webpage of the Pera Museum by clicking here.

Pera Museum

22 September – 12 November 2017

Workshops for school groups
Access Programmes
Tuesday, Wednesday
10.30-12.00, 12.30-14.00
School Groups
Thursday, Friday
10.00-11.30, 11.30-13.00, 13.00-14.30

Workshop for individuals and independent groups
Friday, 19.30-21.30 (18 years and older)
Saturday, 11.00-13.00 (4-6 years)
Saturday, 14.00-16.00 (7-12 years)
Saturday, 14.00-16.00 (13-17 years)
Sunday, 12.30-14.30 (4-6 years)
Sunday, 15.00-17.00 (7-12 years)

All the workshops presented as part of the Education Programme of the 15th Istanbul Biennial, with the support of Koç Holding and in collaboration with Pera Education, are free of admissions. Reservation via e-mail is required.

The workshops take place only when the groups reach a certain number of participants. Please make sure you make a reservation before attending the workshops by sending an e-mail to or The capacity of the workshops is limited with 30 participants for school groups, and 15 participants on the weekends.

Asmalı Mescit Neighbourhood, Meşrutiyet St. No: 65, 34430 Beyoğlu, Istanbul

+90 (212) 334 99 00 / 04


Getting around the city

Public transport in Istanbul is maintained by IETT services and encompasses metro, ferry, tram and bus. Purchasing an ‘Istanbul Kart’ will enable you to travel within the city for a reduced fee. The Istanbul Kart can be purchased in the majority of kiosks near bus stops and ports for 10 TL and is automatically activated. You can load credits onto the cards at any kiosk or ticket machine at all stations and ports.

Useful links

Click here to download the rail map of Istanbul.

Click the icons below to download the Metro İstanbul app on your smartphone or tablet.

Click here to search for local bus lines.

Travel between the Biennial venues is easy thanks to our collaboration with Pera Taksi taxi service, which can be reached by calling the number below. Drivers will be familiar with all the Biennial venues.

Dial +90 (212) 245 5498

Getting from the airports to Taksim Square

Most Biennial venues are walking distance from Taksim Square, the city centre. You can reach Taksim from the Atatürk Airport by metro or on the Havabus shuttles. To reach the city centre from Sabiha Gökçen Airport, which is on the Asian side of the city, use the Havabus shuttles.

Recommended route: Atatürk Airport –M1A–Yenikapı –M2–Taksim

Click here for the timetable.

Taxis are available from the taxi station outside the airport arrival gates. Taxis can be requested by calling Pera Taksi on the number above to get to the airports from the city centre.

Meeting Points

Producing your Biennial publications and print materials such as fold-out maps gives you discounts at numerous cafés and restaurants near the Biennial venues.

5. Kat %15
Ara Cafe %10
Brew Coffeeworks %20
Valid in all branches. Not valid in whole bean coffees.
Cafe Note %10
Cibalikapı Balıkçısı %10
Valid in Moda branch.
Coffee Ya Basta %15
Valid in all branches.
Craft Espresso %15
Day Coffee Design %10
Geyik Coffee Roastery & Cocktail Bar %10
Gölge Cafe %10
Gran Karaköy %15
Kahvedan %10
Karabatak %10
Karaköy Lokantası %10
Valid only in lunch menus.
Komşufırın %20
Valid in all branches.
Limonlu Bahçe %15
Mavra Cafe %15 (Nakit) | %10 (Kredi kartı)
Miss Pizza %10
Valid in all branches.
NaN Şişhane %10
Norm %20
Valid only in coffee products.
Press Karaköy %10
Ravouna 1906 %15
Rico Balat %15 (Nakit) | %10 (Kredi kartı)
Vault Karaköy %10


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