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Sakıp Sabancı Museum (Sakıp Sabancı Müzesi)

Sakıp Sabancı Museum (Sakıp Sabancı Müzesi) Review

The Sakıp Sabancı Museum is one of Istanbul's premier private museums, thanks to its world-class exhibits and stunning location in a historic villa overlooking the water in the leafy suburb of Emirgan. The permanent collection includes an excellent display of late-19th-century Orientalist and early Republican Turkish paintings, rare examples of Ottoman calligraphy, and antique furnishings such as exquisite Sèvres vases, all from the private collection of the industrialist Sabancı family. The biggest draws, though, are the temporary installations—of a caliber equal to that seen at top museums around the world—which range from retrospectives on major artists like Picasso and leading contemporary names such as Anish Kapoor to exhibits on Anatolian archaeology and masterpieces of Islamic art. Housed in the museum, Müzedechanga restaurant is a foodie destination in itself. The beautiful grounds, which boast 150-year-old monumental trees and a variety of rare plants from around the world, are perfect for a stroll after viewing the art.

Updated: 11-19-2013

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