March 28, 2011

Shopping fest leads to extended museum visiting hours in Istanbul

The Culture and Tourism Ministry has announced an early shift to a summer schedule in Istanbul’s museum visiting hours to coincide with the ongoing İstanbul Shopping Fest 2011, news agencies reported last week.


Officials from the ministry explained that visiting hours for state-run museums in the city were extended to 7 p.m. so that tourists, both foreign and Turkish, coming to İstanbul for the festival would be able to make the most of “the cultural richness that the city has to offer.” State-run museums in Turkey normally run on winter/summer schedule and accordingly, visiting hours are usually longer during summer months.

Murat Usta, director of the Culture Ministry Circulating Capital Enterprises Center (DÖSİMM), told the Anatolia news agency that the festival was not merely focused on shopping. “Concerts, music events, fashion shows, street displays, children’s activities and competitions all feature as part of the festival program,” Usta said.

The Istanbul Shopping Fest 2011 continues until April 26.

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