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Pera Museum

A private arts museum based in the historic 19th-century building that was once home to the Hotel Bristol, the Pera Museum opened in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district in 2005. On the outside, it's all Victorian flourishes and pillars. Inside it's a hyper modern space with three acclaimed permanent collections: Orientalist Paintings, Anatolian Weights and Measures, and Kütahya Tiles and Ceramic.

The Orientalist Collection features work by artists including Suna and Kıraç who were inspired by the 17th- to 19th-century Ottoman Empire. It's here on the second floor that you'll see Osman Hamdi Bey's most famous artwork, The Tortoise Trainer, painted in 1906, which satirizes the Ottoman Empire’s slow attempts at social reformation. In the Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection on the first floor, discover over 10,000 pieces, both prehistoric and modern.

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