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


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3) Istanbul Cinema Museum

This museum is inside a breathtaking former mansion built in the late 1800s in the Renaissance Revival architectural style with beautiful ceiling frescos, marble stairs and original wooden flooring. Also, home to the famous Atlas Cinema, the museum exhibits the comprehensive history of Turkish cinema and hosts temporary exhibitions on renowned film directors.

Lavish room with ornate ceiling and display cases at Istanbul Cinema Museum

At: Atlas Pasaji, Kuloğlu Mh. İstiklal Cd. 131-A

https://istanbulsinema muzesi.com

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) Kamera Müzesi

Turkey’s first camera museum exhibits photographer Hilmi Nakipoğlu’s vast collection of cameras and photography paraphernalia starting with one of the first models designed in 1896. Inside a beautifully renovated home, the displays also have black-and-white photography that transport its viewers to bygone eras.

Cameras on display at Istanbul's camera Museum

Sakızağacı Mh. İskele Cd. 25

+90 212 425 09 08


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