Istanbul Research Institute

Phone Number:
(0212) 334 09 00


Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.47 Tepebaşı
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9:00am - 5:30am

An outgrowth of the Pera Museum, the Istanbul Research Institute is an academic organization supporting historical and cultural inquiry into the city’s Byzantine, Ottoman, and Republican periods. As Istanbul negotiates its emergence as a megalopolis, the institute seeks to better understand its rapidly changing present by examining the past. Established in 2005, the organization hopes to realize this objective by holding conferences and events as well as supporting research. Its Tepebaşı location contains a research library, academic support services, and a gallery.

The library houses the "Atatürk and the Republic" and "Old Istanbul" photography archives, as well as old engraved maps, insurance maps by Jacques Pervititich and Suat Nervin, as well as a large collection of volumes on Istanbul's history and architecture. Though the library is open for the enjoyment of the public, there is no borrowing policy. 


The library is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9am to 5:30pm, Wednesdays from 9am to 8pm, and Saturdays it is open from 10:30am to 5pm; it is closed on Sundays.
The exhibition gallery is open Monday-Saturday from 10am to 7pm. 


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