5 unusual museums in Istanbul

1) Aşiyan Museum

This beautiful villa built in 1906 was the former home of the famous Turkish poet Tevfik Fikret, considered to be the founder of modern Turkish poetry. Overlooking an inspiring view of the Bosphorus, the museum displays the personal belongings of Fikret and other writers of the ‘Edebiyat-ı Cedide’ (New Literature) movement.

exterior of Asiyan Museum

2) Barış Manço Museum

In the 1970s Barış Manço emerged as one of the pioneers of Anatolian Rock, a confluence of traditional Turkish folk and arabesque with the era’s western rock influence. One of Turkey’s most beloved musicians, Manço’s former home is now a museum where everything from his Steinway piano to his iconic stage costumes are on display.

statue at Barış Manço museum

Caferağa Mh. Yusuf Kamil Paşa Sk. 5

+90 216 337 94 13


3) Türvak Museum

Established in 2001 by TÜRVAK (a charitable foundation created by the Turkish director and producer Türker İnanoğlu in 1966) this museum is all about the 100-year history of Turkish cinema. Films, filming equipment, costumes, decoration, posters and photographs offer a comprehensive glimpse into the world of Turkish cinema as well as theatre.

Türvak museum

Tomtom Mh. Yeni Çarşı Cd. 24

+90 212 245 80 91


4) Istanbul Railway Museum

Built by the German architect August Jasmund in 1890, the Sirkeci Station is a beauty to behold and inside you’ll find a small one-room museum that pays homage to the Orient Express. The Istanbul Railway Museum displays documents, objects and train artefacts belonging to the famously luxurious railway service that travelled from Paris to Istanbul.

old train at Railway Museum

Hoca Paşa Mh. Sirkeci İstasyon Cd.

+90 212 520 65 75

5) Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum

More than 60 gorgeous vintage cars from the 1920s to the 1970s are on display at this museum. After admiring a 1968 Alfa Romeo Spider or a 1965 Ford Mustang, grab a drink at the bar, which is befittingly inspired by classic American diners from the fifties.

vintage cars at Ural Ataman museum

Ferahevler Mh. Nuri Paşa Cd. 107

+90 212 299 45 39


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