Santral Istanbul, Eyüp
Tel: 90 212 444 0428
Concierge.com's insider take:
This art gallery and museum is set inside an impressive structure that was Turkey's first industrial power station, or santral. Located near the source of the Golden Horn, Santral Istanbul also doubles as a quite extensive campus for the Bilgi University, complete with a restaurant-bar, canteen, and an organic juice bar. The factory building houses a pretty basic science museum that appeals mostly to kids (and those adults still fascinated by electrostatic plasma balls), but the larger attraction by far is the factory itself. A walkway takes visitors around the giant pieces of superbly restored machinery and through the Star Trek-esque control room, undoubtedly the highlight of the visit. The other part of the museum, a huge four-story section, is devoted to changing contemporary art exhibits. It's a 15- to 30-minute cab ride here from Beyoğlu or Sultanahmet, depending on the traffic, and there are also free regular university shuttle buses that leave from outside the Atatürk Cultural Center in Taksim Square.
Open Tuesdays through Sundays 10 am to 8 pm.