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Istanbul museums are a great getaway from noisy streets, overcrowded restaurants and unfavorable weather.  Jump your heart and mind into historical houses, art exhibitions, architectural wonders.  Pick modern or timed collections.  Schedule to see temporary expositions.  Feel lucky by catching world famous pieces brought to Istanbul museums on a festival.

Remember to consider purchasing Museum Pass Istanbul (Muzekart in Turkish).  It gives you price advantages. More about the pass

Industry, science and technology museums

Aviation Museum in IstanbulModel at Aviation Museum. Photo by Derin.

Aviation Museum of Istanbul

Aviation Museum of Istanbul is closest of all Istanbul museums to the Ataturk Airport.  Come explore models collected after the World War I, read about the history of aviation and learn more about Turkey's planes. See F-16C Fighting Falcon, Canadair F-86E Sabre and Canadian Car T-34A Mentor & Foundry, Douglas C-47A Skytrain, Grumman S-2E Tracker and many more historical aircrafts.

Location: Headquarters of Hava Harp School, Headquarters of Aviation Museum, Yesilkoy, Istanbul

Price: - 6,50 Turkish Liras.  Photo - 12,50 Turkish Liras.  Amateur video - 25 Turkish Liras.  Free entry 18-24 May, 18 March, 1 June, 30 August, 29 October, 1 November. 

Hours: Closed on Mondays.  Tuesday - Sunday 9:00 - 16:00.  Ppublic holidays 10:00 - 18:00 

Rahmi M. Koc Museum

Rahmi Koc Museum is the most grandiose of all Istanbul museums.  Take a look at museum’s collections of industrial archeology.  Explore full size ships, real planes, historical trains, cars, horse-driven carriages and miniature household set ups. Even factories are presented here.  Make sure to check out Sultan’s carriage.  Entertaining and informing both for children and adults.   

Take this unique opportunity to go inside a submarine.  For curious individuals of 7 years of age and older.

Location:  Haskoy Avenue No. 5, Istanbul.  Docks of the Golden Horn.  Take bus 47 from Eminonu, or 54 HT from Taksim to Haskoy.

Price: Museum - 15 Turkish Liras.  Submarine - 10 Turkish Liras.  Planetarium - 5 Turkish Liras.

Hours: Closed on Mondays.  Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 17:00. Saturday, Sunday, public holidays 10:00 - 18:00 (October - March), 10:00 - 20:00 (April - September)

Museum For The History Of

Science And Technology In Islam

Museum for the history of science and technology in Islam is one of the richest among Istanbul museums.  Learn about technical wonders of 9th through 17th centuries.  Take a look at development of geometry, time measurement, medicine, architecture, physics and more in Islamic civilization.  Read the detailed explanations of the exhibits to understand the history of science in Islam.

Location:  Buildings of Has Ahirlar, Sirkeci, Eminonu, Istanbul.  Building of the former Imperial Stables of Topkapi Palace.  Inside Gulhane park.

Price: 10 Turkish Liras.

Hours: Closed on Tuesdays.  Wednesday - Monday 9:00 - 17:00

Istanbul museums on culture

Museum of Innocence in IstanbulBy Parmanu

Museum Of Innocence  (Masumiyet Muzesi in Turkish)

Museum of innocence is newest of Istanbul museums opened in 2012. Collections depict 50 years of what life was like in Istanbul (years 1950 through 2000).  The museum is named after a novel written by Turkish novelist, Orhan Pamuk, Nobel-laureate.  Collections show 19 century Istanbul through life of two families - wealthy and lower middle class.  Grasp more of museum’s displays by reading his book “Museum of Innocence”.  Indulge yourself into a love story of Kemal and Fusun.  You can still enjoy the museum without having read the book.

Location:  Cukurcuma Avenue, Dalgic Cikmazi street No. 2, Beyoglu, Istanbul.  (Between Istiklal Avenue and Tophane). Take tram to Tophane stop and then walk.  

Price: 25 Turkish Liras.  For group reservations send email to info@masumiyetmuzesi.org.

Hours.  Closed on Mondays and first days of religious holidays.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 - 18:00.  Thursday 10:00 - 21:00

Historic house museums

Ataturk museum

Ataturk museum is a former house of the founder of Turkish Republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.  This is a three story building with artifacts, pictures, stories. Ataturk himself, his mother Zubeyde and her sibling Makbule lived here. Ataturk held secret meetings, important negotiations and his daily life here until 1919.  He then moved to now capital of Turkey - Ankara.

Location: Halaskargazi Avenue No: 250 Sisli, Istanbul. Take M2 metro to Osmanbey stop.  Cevahir Shopping Center is near by.

Price:  Free

Hours: Closed on Thursdays and Sundays.  Monday-Wednesday, Friday 9:30 - 16:00

Art museums and galleries 

Mosaics at Istanbul museumMosaics. Photo by Jim Forest

The Museum of Great Palace Mosaics

The Museum of Great Palace Mosaics displays mosaics dated AD 450-550.  Look at rare pieces of mosaic portraits performed in limestone, colored stones and other.  Find eating gryphon, a man milking goat, bears eating an apple, hunter fighting a tiger and many more depictions.  Take this opportunity to meet with magnificent art of East-Roman period.

Location: inside Arasta Bazaar, Sultanahmet area, Istanbul

Price: 10 Turkish Liras

Hours:  Open every day.  15 April - 30 September 10:00 - 18:00.  1 October - 14 April 10:00 - 17:00

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

Istanbul Modern holds a permanent collection of modern and contemporary art by Turkish and world artists.  Enjoy paintings, sculptures, videos dating 20th century to present days.  Istanbul Modern also houses temporary international exhibitions.  Take a look at photography gallery, exhibitions in architecture, design, new media and more.  

Bring your kids (7-12 years of age) for a workshop at Istanbul Modern.  Turkish speakers lead the workshop.  Kids with all language backgrounds are welcome.

Location: Meclis-i Mebusan Avenue, Warehouse of port operations (Liman Isletmeleri Sahasi Antrepo) No. 4, Karakoy, Istanbul.  Take a tram to Tophane stop. The museum is behind a mosque.

Price: 19 Turkish Liras. Film screenings  - 9 Turkish Liras.  Children under 12 and guests with disabilities enter for free.   Baby strollers and sitting stools for painting are available at no charge.

Hours.  Closed on Mondays, January 1st and first days of religious holidays.  Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:00 - 18:00.  Thursdays 10:00 - 20:00  

Sakip Sabanci Museum

Sakip Sabanci Museum displays a permanent collection of Ottoman art until Turkey became a republic.  Take a look at books, paintings and calligraphy collection of that era.  The Museum also hosts temporary exhibitions of famous artists - Monet, Joan Miro, Anish Kapoor.  Sakip Sabanci Museum presents its collections worldwide - Bahrain, Spain, Portugal.

Muzedechanga restaurant inside the museum serves Turkish and international cuisine. 

Location:  Sakip Sabanci Avenue No. 42, Emirgan, Istanbul.  

Price:  20 Turkish Liras.  Free on Wednesdays.

Hours: Closed on Mondays.  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10:00 - 18:00.  Wednesdays 10:00 - 20:00.  

Pera Museum

Pera museum offers visitors collections of Anatolian art.  Examine the tiles, ceramics, paintings, and instruments used in the Ottoman era.  Take a look at the original of world famous “The Tortoise Trainer” displayed at Pera museum.  This painting of 1906 by Ottoman pioneering painter Osman Hamdi Bey was purchased by the museum for 3.5 million USD.  Bring your kids ages 4 and up for educational workshops (taught in Turkish) at the museum.

Location:  Mesrutiyet Avenue No. 65, Tepebasi, Beyoglu, Istanbul

Price:  20 Turkish Liras.  Free on Fridays from 18:00 - 22:00.  Free for children under 12, handicapped and press.  

Hours: Closed on Mondays, 1st January and first day of religious holidays.  Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 19:00.  Sunday 12:00 - 18:00

Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

Turkish and Islamic arts museum is one of the Istanbul museums which formerly served as a palace.  Sultan’s Prime Minister (vizier) Pargali Ibrahim Pasha lived here.  Look at how Islam art has developed through the collection of calligraphy, rugs, tiles and ethnographic artifacts.  Peek in rooms and living conditions of Ottoman times recreated at the museum.  

Location: Meydani Street No. 46, Sultanahmet area, Istanbul.

Price: 20 Turkish Liras

Hours: Open every day 9:00 - 19:00

Archaeological museums

Istanbul Archaeological Museums: the Archaeological Museum, the Ancient Orient Museum, Tiled Kiosk Museum. 

Istanbul Archaeological Museums’ slogan is “inviting, welcoming, entertaining!”.  Explore artifacts from ancient civilizations.  Dive into history from Archaic to Roman Eras.  See what has been found in Syria, Palestine and Cyprus.  

Take a look at unique Sarcophaguses - Alexander’s, the Crying Women’s and the Sarcophagus of Tabnit.  Take your kids to the ground floor of the Archeological Museum for “Children’s Museum” exhibition.

Check out all three museums that are part of Istanbul Archaeological museums.  This is the first Turkish museum established in 1891.  

Location: Alemdar Avenue, Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu Street, Gulhane, Fatih, Istanbul.  Sultanahmet neighbourhood.  Take a tram to Gulhane stop.  Look for museum signs at the walls of Topkapi Palace.

Price: 15 Turkish Liras

Hours: Open every day 9:00 - 19:00

Istanbul museums are friendly to families and single travelling guests.  

Come explore the city of 7 hills from the museums perspective.