Visiting Days and Hours

The 16th Istanbul Biennial can be visited free of charge between 14 September and 10 November 2019 at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul Museum of Painting & Sculpture, Pera Museum and Büyükada island.

The Biennial is open every day except Mondays, with the exception of 16 September, the Monday of the opening week, between 10.00 and 18.00.

Pera Museum is open until 19.00 on weekdays, and 22.00 on Fridays. The Museum opens at 12.00 and closes at 18.00 on Sundays.

Visitor Registration

Venue entries require a personal QR code, which can be acquired by filling out the online form at or through the registration desks at the venues.

Once you fill out the form, a personal QR code will be sent to your e-mail address. Please check your spam folder, try again, or contact us at if you were not able to receive your code.

Your personal QR code is valid for all Biennial venues. In case of loss, you can re-register by following the same steps. There will be no ID check at the entrances. If you prefer not to share personal information online, you can choose to apply at the registration desks to get your QR code without providing any personal information.

Visitors are advised to register online prior to their visit to avoid long queues and ensure a pleasant visit.

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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.

Getting to Büyükada Island

Getting to Büyükada is possible with ferries that depart from the Kabataş and Eminönü piers (European side) as well as the Kadıköy pier (Asian side) every day. It takes about 2 hours to arrive on the island from Kabataş and Eminönü, and 1 hour and 20 minutes from Kadıköy. Click for the timetable.

Please click to check out the 24-hour-round ferry trips from Büyükada to Bostancı.

For a shorter trip, please see the boats departing from Bostancı (Asian side) to the island. Click to see the Bostancı pier on the map.

Meeting Points

Producing your Biennial publications gives you discounts at numerous cafés, restaurants, bookstores and music houses near the Biennial venues. Click for the full list of Meeting Points.

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