Istanbul Toy Museum
Istanbul Toy Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
What people are saying
Jantien
By Jantien
Tourists pay three times the price of what it says on their own website.
1.0 of 5 bubblesAug 2023
This is a TOURIST TRAP. We got ripped off! At the door, there was no price list. The young lady at the counter used an old-fashioned calculator and she talked very quickly so I couldn't quite follow what she said. She calculated 350 TL per adult and 300 per child. We were with 4 kids so we had to pay 1900 TL. But I remember that it should be a lot cheaper. I commented on that and she mentioned the word "tourist". And that internet was wrong and that the true price was on the website. The kids were cranky and tired and wanted to go in. I was distracted by that, so we paid and went inside. Inside, it was quite disappointing. It is not interactive at all. Only very old toys from various regions of the world, but mostly Germany, France, Japan and the United States. I think some toys were even labelled wrong (Dutch flag but labelled 'France'). Once we went through, I went back to the counter and asked what the deal was with the admission money because we overpaid. She said it's all on their website, that tourists have to pay more. I had no internet connection so I couldn't check. She was persistent. I called it very rude, a rip-off. She didn't care. Back at the apartment, I checked and it should've been 690TL. We paid about tripple. Don't go here! it's not even worth 115 TL. Especially not for teens. Our children (2 boys, 2 girls, age 10 to 14) were divided between boring and "okay-ish".

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Jantien
Waalwijk, The Netherlands25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
This is a TOURIST TRAP.
We got ripped off!
At the door, there was no price list. The young lady at the counter used an old-fashioned calculator and she talked very quickly so I couldn't quite follow what she said. She calculated 350 TL per adult and 300 per child. We were with 4 kids so we had to pay 1900 TL. But I remember that it should be a lot cheaper.
I commented on that and she mentioned the word "tourist". And that internet was wrong and that the true price was on the website.

The kids were cranky and tired and wanted to go in. I was distracted by that, so we paid and went inside.

Inside, it was quite disappointing. It is not interactive at all. Only very old toys from various regions of the world, but mostly Germany, France, Japan and the United States. I think some toys were even labelled wrong (Dutch flag but labelled 'France').

Once we went through, I went back to the counter and asked what the deal was with the admission money because we overpaid. She said it's all on their website, that tourists have to pay more. I had no internet connection so I couldn't check. She was persistent. I called it very rude, a rip-off. She didn't care.

Back at the apartment, I checked and it should've been 690TL. We paid about tripple. Don't go here! it's not even worth 115 TL. Especially not for teens. Our children (2 boys, 2 girls, age 10 to 14) were divided between boring and "okay-ish".
Written August 18, 2023
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Study_Plan_Action
Istanbul, Türkiye51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Family
If you have a chance to visit Bagdat Avenue located in the Asian side of Istanbul and travelling with children, please spare a couple of hours to that museum. It is located close to the Erenkoy-Caddebostan district of Bagdat Avenue and can be easily reached. The owner of the museum is a famous writer/poet who converted the family owned old house to a lovely museum of toys which he has collected all through his life. Don't miss and enjoy.
Written November 11, 2013
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cushioncat
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013
Honestly, İ refused to go there and the only reason İ was there was because of my friends. And how wrong İ was :) İt was one of the most interesting visits İ had... İ especially enjoyed the second world war room as well as space room :) İ felt like a child again in the room where they designed as an old train cabin. Perfect :)
Written September 17, 2013
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GlobalCultureTravel
Santa Monica7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
Fantastic toy museum, a great surprise. Loved the exhibits from all over the world and covering the past 100+ years. Well-done displays with explanations in English. Also has a great little patio in back with cold drinks. Hard to find location! Do some research to plan out your trip, you can take the subway to the nearest stop and then pick up a taxi. Give the phone number of the museum to the taxi driver to help him find the way.
Written July 1, 2014
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The_HSS
Bury St. Edmunds, UK138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
This museum is a hidden gem in the Kadikoy district. The vast collection is housed in a beautiful old dwelling, on many floors, and each room has been designed very thoughtfully and carefully to show off the toys at their best.
Highlights included the thought-provoking war room which showed, amongst other things, propaganda toys produced under the Nazi regime. Shocking to think such toys existed for children who knew no better. The train room was pretty exciting and cleverly done, as was the moon landing room.
Make sure you climb the stairs to the very top floor to see the tiny attic playroom, which is quite beautiful.

We took a taxi to the museum from the Kadikoy ferry terminal which we were glad of as it seemed to be a complicated journey with little to no public transport options. It was well worth the taxi journey there and back and I would highly recommend a visit to see the fascinating and unusual collection if you happen to be on the Asian side of the city.
Written June 2, 2014
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Alejandro_B
Guelph, Canada219 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Family
… had a great time here. Let’s start from the beginning:

Although not close to the main attractions (we had to take the ferry from Eminonu to Kadikoy and then a taxi) it was worth the trip.

As you enter some rooms you will hear the theme music playing (western, space, etc.) this just adds to the experience.

Everything is labeled by country and year and very well classified.
There is a nice café/candy shop to unwind.

I highly recommend a visit to the restrooms in the bottom floor (entrance shaped like a submarine), just be careful with the step.

You really have to pay attention and be alert, there are so many toys (Felix the cat, Popeye, smurfs, etc.) you can easily miss some. There are some old (original) newspaper articles explaining in some cases who owned that specific toy. My wife enjoyed the old (some dating to the 1930’s) German dollhouses.

We were only planning a one hour visit, but stayed almost three.

Visited during a week day and (except for some second graders on a school trip) it was practically empty.

I do not recommend this place for handicapped people, as it has several floors and no elevators. But, if you are traveling with kids, like collecting old toys or just think your inner child will enjoy it give this museum a visit; we did not regret it.
Written June 8, 2012
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Mr. Engineer
Muscat Governorate, Oman861 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We couldnt cover it in our days but in the last day and before going to the airport, i agreed with the driver to pass to this museum which i wasnt expecting it will be that much attractive for me and my kids

The tickets are Adults 18 LT and Children 12 LT

It is 4 floors museum located in an old building which is well arranged and managed

It consist of very old toys collections which attracted me, my wife and kids and they started shooting pictures here and there

They have small coffee shop as well a very neat and clean toilets

I really recommed to visit this place
Written January 8, 2020
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TubaKoseogluOkcu
Istanbul, Türkiye6,563 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
This toy museum is not only for kids, it also appeals to adults. Located on a residential neighbourhoud on the Asian side, it's quite away from traditional tourist destinations. But if you have time and if you happen to be on the Asian side of the city, it might worth a visit.

There are parking lots in front of the building but you have to let the concierge know you are there for the museum so that he opens the locks, otherwise, you have to stroll in nearby streets to find a parking spot. Entrance fee is 12 TL per person, 9.- TL for students.

It's not exactly a museum but rather an exhibit of personal toy collections. The exhibits are not efficiently categorized. There are very few explanatory notes but the existing ones are both in Turkish and in English. Audio guide is also available and the bonus is that the narrator is the owner of the museum who is a famous writer and motivational speaker.

There is also a charming café at the basement. There are various workshops for children, the day we were there the workshop was on Flinstone cartoon drawings and parents were waiting for their kids in the café.
Written September 3, 2017
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Don P
Perth, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Couples
If you travelling with children and you find yourself at the Asian side of Istanbul then this museum worth an hour of your time. You will enjoy it more than you children!
Written May 24, 2014
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FiddlingTravelNotes
Amsterdam, The Netherlands379 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Family
Istanbul Toy Museum is established by Sunay Akin and his wife. Sunay Akin is a famous Turkish poet and writer. His love for children and child like spirits encouraged him to create one of the few toy museums in Europe. A winner for birthday parties and special occasions.
Written May 16, 2014
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