The Moda neighborhood in Kadıköy is closely associated with Barış Manço. Because Barış Manço’s house in Moda, where he lived and made his albums, was converted into a museum by Manço’s family on June 9, 2010. Barış Manço’s remark that “a person is then truly dead when people no longer talk about him” greatly attests to the significance of the museum. Barış Manço was an eminent artist, a voyager, a man of the people and a kind-hearted person... Opened through the joint efforts of the Kadıköy Municipality, Manço’s family and many other organizations, this museum offers visitors an insight into his unique personal characteristics as well as his artistic side. With the museum, Barış Manço, an important public figure, earns himself a permanent place in the hearts of people and his memories are kept alive. If you are also interested in the Barış Manço Museum, this article will show you the way.
An overview of the Barış Manço Museum
The history of the house where Barış Manço spent his life, goes way back. Mr. Dawson commissioned Pape Kalfa to build the house between the years 1895-1900. The house changed hands a few times in the 1930s after Dawson returned to his country. It was purchased by John Whittall in 1965 and named as the Whittall Mansion. Barış Manço purchased the mansion from the Whittall family in 1984 and had it renovated. It is a 19th century Victorian house. The singer passed away in this house in 1999. Inspired by Barış Manço’s remark that “a person is then truly dead when people no longer talk about him”, the Manço family turned the house into a museum with the support of the Kadıköy Municipality and Türkiye Halk Bankası.
What does the museum contain?
The Barış Manço Museum houses many different sections. It has three floors and a basement. There is a dressing room, a dining room and a lounge in the entrance. The entrance also displays the Steinway B2010 piano, which Barış Manço described as his “biggest dream”. And right next to it stands a masterfully carved statue of the artist. This floor houses awards, a glass ware collection, various historical artifacts, and important wooden items. The next floor includes the childhood rooms of the artist’s children, Doğukan and Batıkan Manço. This floor also contains equipment used in the children’s entertainment program “Adam Olacak Çocuk” presented by Barış Manço and the program tape records. The lower floor has a Knight’s Room, artefacts and items from the period and the painting equipment used by the artist who was bestowed knighthood by the Belgian Royal Family. Barış Manço’s car is located at the entrance to the museum. The house has two gardens; one for summer and one for winter days. It is one of the must-see museums in Istanbul.
How can you go there
Going to the Barış Manço Museum is pretty straightforward. The Barış Manço Museum is located in the Moda neighborhood of Kadıköy, one of the popular districts of Istanbul. If you are from the European side, you can take the Marmaray and the ferry to get to Kadıköy. You can then continue the rest of the journey to Moda on foot. If you are from the Asian side, you can choose between taking the subway, the buses, cabs, the yellow shared taxis and the regular shared taxis to get to Kadıköy. You can then continue on foot towards Moda from the center of Kadıköy.
What times is it open? How much is the entrance fee?
The Barış Manço Museum is open to visitors between 09:00 and 17:00 every day except Mondays, religious holidays and bank holidays. If you intend to make a group visit, please make sure to book your tickets in advance. Full price ticket is TRY 10 and a reduced price ticket is TRY 5.
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