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ESTABLISHMENT STORY OF ISTANBUL TOY MUSEUM AND A SHORT GUIDE TO THE MUSEUM

Established by the popular poet and author Sunay Akın on April 23, 2005, Istanbul Toy Museum houses the most distinguished examples of toy history from the 1700s until today. The toys bought and collected from the collectors, antique shops and auctions during the travels of Sunay Akın in more than 40 countries in around 20 years are exhibited in a historical mansion for those who are curious about. These special toys also present the world’s history to its visitors in an enjoyable and catchy way (For instance, Moon landing efforts are told in the section where space toys are exhibited). Thanks to all these characteristics, the museum attracts not only kids but also young people and adults by offering an opportunity to three generations to spend joyous time together. 

We have already mentioned that Istanbul Toy Museum was established by the popular poet and author Sunay Akın. And the decoration of the museum was made by the stage designer Aydan Doğan. The Toy Museum is “the first museum in the world” that is established by a poet and designed by a stage designer. 

We have shared the unique atmosphere and establishment story of Istanbul Toy Museum with you. Now, if you wish, let’s look at what you need to know before visiting the museum. Here’s a short guide to the Toy Museum!

 

Sections of Istanbul Toy Museum

İstanbul Oyuncak Müzesi

Istanbul Toy Museum is located in a historical mansion that belongs to the family of Sunay Akın. Five floors of the historical mansion are full of more than 4,000 toys bought from 40 different countries throughout 20 years approximately. These special toys were first grouped according to their themes, then moved to the areas inside the rooms and hallways decorated specially. These sections are named in line with the themes such as Native American, Space, Submarine, etc. The collection includes special pieces such as the Mona Lisa doll made by Fawn Zeller, which is the original and only one in the world. 

At the museum, you can visit these special pieces one by one or join the frequent workshops and trainings. Click here to follow the events at the museum. 

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How to go to Istanbul Toy Museum?

Istanbul Toy Museum is located in Göztepe, Kadıköy. You can easily access to the museum with your own car or by taking bus and metro. Take the buses no. 10B, 10S, 14Ç, 17, 17L, 19F, 19M or 19S to “Göztepe” stop; GZ1 or GZ2 to “Tütüncü Mehmet Efendi” stop; or ER1 or ER2 to “Erenköy” stop and have a short walk to access the museum. If you will take the metro, use the metro line of Kartal-Kadıköy, get off at “Yeni Sahra” stop and again have a short walk until the museum. Full address is below for those who will drive on their own:

Address: Ömerpaşa Cad, Dr. Zeki Zeren Sokağı No:15, 34730 Kadıköy/Istanbul

 

Visiting hours of Istanbul Toy Museum

Istanbul Toy Museum is closed on Mondays. You can visit the museum between 09.30 am - 6 pm on weekdays and between 09.30 am - 7 pm at the weekend. 

 

2018 entrance fee for Istanbul Toy Museum

Full price ticket is TRY 15 and reduced price ticket is TRY 12 to enter Istanbul Toy Museum in 2018.

 

Other information about Istanbul Toy Museum

You should know the following information before visiting Istanbul Toy Museum:

  • The museum offers individual and group visits. For group admissions, you should make a reservation by calling the museum. 
  • Flash photography is prohibited as the flash light damages the pieces exhibited at the museum.

 

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