When one says Istanbul, the first thing that springs to mind is of course its cultural background. This cultural richness is not limited to specific locations, you can come across a variety of cultural artifacts all around the city. You can see them on a street, by the sea or in a museum... Museums, in particular, are among the must-see places due to their diversity and richness. In this article, we will be telling you about the museums on the Asian side. Here are the must-see museums of the Asian Side!
Museum of Lighting and Heating Collections Through the Ages
Museum of Lighting and Heating Collections Through the Ages was established by Mehmet Yaldız in Beykoz. The museum is one of the most important private museums in Turkey. The collection includes more than two thousand items from the past. Some of the items were brought from Anatolia and some from different countries. The museum exhibits chandelier types, torches, and oil lamps, as well as talismans, spells and lucky charms of various religions and beliefs.
Address: Çengeldere Mahallesi, Çengeldere Caddesi, 34830 Beykoz/ Istanbul
Küçüksu Pavilion near the Anatolian Castle is known as a museum palace. At the behest of Abdulmejid, the reforms introduced at Ihlamur and Dolmabahçe Palaces were also implemented here. The architect of the building was Nigoğos Balyan. A three-storey building, the pavilion was made of stones with masonry technique. The palace hosted important statesmen for many years. And it was used for this purpose also in the Republican Period. The pavilion was opened to the public following contemporary restorations in 1994.
Address: Göksu Mahallesi, Küçüksu Caddesi, 34815 Beykoz/ Istanbul
Kite Museum displays the kites which Mehmet Naci Aköz started to collect in 1986. The museum plays host to more than 2,500 kites and kite materials from 33 countries on six continents. It is the only kite museum in Turkey. It is also one of the 18 kite museums in the world. The museum also houses a “Kite School” where children can make their own kites.
Address: Aziz Mahmut Hüdayi Mahallesi, Uncular Caddesi, Bakıcı Sokak, No:12 Üsküdar/ Istanbul
Istanbul Toy Museum
Istanbul Toy Museum, one of the most popular and known museums on the Asian side, was established on April 23, 2005. The building of the museum is a mansion in Göztepe inherited from the family of Sunay Akın. Sunay Akın’s wish to establish such a museum first came up when he visited Istanbul Archeology Museum at the age of six. He involved museology in his games around that age. Sunay Akın has visited antique shops and joined auctions in different countries for 20 years. Inside the museum, an atmosphere straight out of a fairy tale welcomes the visitors. The museum exhibits more than four thousand toys.
Address: Ömerpaşa Caddesi, Dr. Zeki Zeren Sokak, No:17 Göztepe- Kadıköy/ Istanbul
Beylerbeyi Palace, which is now a museum palace, was made by Sarkis Balyan at the behest of Abdulaziz between the years 1861-1865. The palace served as a summer palace back then, but it was also used to host foreign guests. The interior and the items inside the palace greatly reflect the palace understanding of its era. The magnificence of Beylerbeyi Palace puts you under its spell from the very moment you enter the building.
Address: Beylerbeyi Mahallesi, Abdullahağa Caddesi, 34676 Üsküdar/ Istanbul
Sabri Artam Foundation Automobile Museum
Sabri Artam Foundation Automobile Museum in Çengelköy was opened in 1998. The museum is an excellent alternative for those who wish to improve their automobile culture. Comprising of five floors, the museum exhibits over hundred cars. In the museum you can see antique cars, as well as some other automobiles from the 1950s, 1960 and after. The museum is open 6 days a week excluding Mondays.
Address: Nato Yolu Bosna Bulvarı, No: 104, Çengelköy/ Istanbul
Barış Manço Museum
Moda, one of the distinguished neighborhoods of the Asian side, is home to a fabulous museum. Yes, as you have already guessed, we’re talking about Barış Manço Museum. The museum was once the house where Barış Manço lived, produced his works and passed away. The museum was opened on June 9, 2010 thanks to the efforts by the artist’s family and the Municipality of Kadıköy.
Address: Caferağa Mahallesi, Yusuf Kâmil Paşa Sokak, No:5, 34710, Kadıköy/Istanbul
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