Museum of Innocence
Museum of Innocence
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 - 9:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Orhan Pamuk tarafından yaratılan Masumiyet Müzesi yazarın aynı adlı romanında anlatılan günlük hayat eşyalarının hatıra ve anlamlarını gösteren titizlikle hazırlanmış enstalasyonlardan oluşan küçük bir İstanbul müzesidir.
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Neighborhood: Beyoglu
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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  • Beemish Boy
    46 contributions
    AN IMAGINED MEMORY OF AN OBSESSIVE LOVE.
    This place is an extraordinary place to spend a couple of hours absorbing the ambience. You need to get the recorded tour device which is only 10 lira (50 cents US) as to just walk through looking at the cabinets would not tell you anything. The place is like a 3-D film in turns poignant, melancholy, nostalgic, creepy, macabre and totally fascinating. It is part Valentine / part Memento Mori to an obsessive love affair.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 1, 2023
  • Wombling_Free_7548
    Bristol, United Kingdom2,079 contributions
    An interesting concept
    This is a very unusual museum and well worth a visit if you have read the book. There are two main floors of exhibits and it is very impressive how the author has brought the book to life. Worth paying the extra 10T for the audio guide. I didn’t listen to the explanation for each cabinet, but picked some highlights. My partner hasn’t read the book so was less interested but still enjoyed the insight into life in 1970s Istanbul.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 9, 2023
  • Suzanne T
    4 contributions
    Best literary museum ever!
    I came across a listing for this museum while googling "museums in Istanbul" and right away was sure my husband would love it. This is hands down the very most amazing literary museum I have ever been to (and I am a retired professor of literature, so I've been to a few!). The audio tour is a must -- narrated by the author and also containing excerpts from "The Museum of Innocence," it takes the viewer case by case (one case per chapter) through four flours of astounding depth and beauty. I have not read the book yet, nor has my husband, but I have a feeling we will be reading it soon (I read aloud to him most evenings). Interestingly, there was a gentleman sitting in a chair on the second floor for much of the time that we were there, and afterwards I wondered if it might not be Mr. Pamuk himself, there to observe the reactions of those visiting this incredible work of art he has created... I would absolutely love to go back after we read the book, but as we live in the United States, this will not happen soon. A must for anyone interested in books or object culture or just a wonderful story (or two).
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 26, 2023
  • PhilipPeng
    Istanbul, Türkiye2 contributions
    dream comw true with life's details
    You will feel it as true as you stepped into someone's home. All items have a temperature of body and skin. They are alive and talking. It's hard to seperate novel from life. and it should be the purpose of this museum. For the pure love, Kemal said “Herkes bilsin, çok mutlu bir hayat yaşadım.” (Let everyone know, I lived a very happy life.)
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 31, 2024
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limegreenchalk
Macon, GA284 contributions
Dec 2019
This is a small museum with a focus that is both very narrow and quite universal. If you haven't read the book I'm not sure you would appreciate the museum. I did like it, but I also think I liked the idea of it more than the actual museum. The museum and the novel are symbiotic; the one exists because the other exists, and as art goes I think that's pretty interesting.
Written January 14, 2020
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Da-ndy1989
Guildford, UK142 contributions
Feb 2020
We still enjoyed the museum despite not having read the book (which we now have), but the audio is very helpful in understanding and getting the emotional attachment to the museums unique experience. Beautifully presented with such interesting displays we got absorbed in the obvious love for the book with the audio explanations and descriptions. The neighbourhood is also interesting with various antique shops and cafe's.
Written February 22, 2020
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Beemish Boy
46 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
This place is an extraordinary place to spend a couple of hours absorbing the ambience. You need to get the recorded tour device which is only 10 lira (50 cents US) as to just walk through looking at the cabinets would not tell you anything. The place is like a 3-D film in turns poignant, melancholy, nostalgic, creepy, macabre and totally fascinating. It is part Valentine / part Memento Mori to an obsessive love affair.
Written May 1, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Suzanne T
4 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
I came across a listing for this museum while googling "museums in Istanbul" and right away was sure my husband would love it. This is hands down the very most amazing literary museum I have ever been to (and I am a retired professor of literature, so I've been to a few!). The audio tour is a must -- narrated by the author and also containing excerpts from "The Museum of Innocence," it takes the viewer case by case (one case per chapter) through four flours of astounding depth and beauty. I have not read the book yet, nor has my husband, but I have a feeling we will be reading it soon (I read aloud to him most evenings). Interestingly, there was a gentleman sitting in a chair on the second floor for much of the time that we were there, and afterwards I wondered if it might not be Mr. Pamuk himself, there to observe the reactions of those visiting this incredible work of art he has created... I would absolutely love to go back after we read the book, but as we live in the United States, this will not happen soon. A must for anyone interested in books or object culture or just a wonderful story (or two).
Written September 26, 2023
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Anil276
Perth, Australia377 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Really enjoyed the experience specially after buying the book and getting it signed in the museum itself.

Loved the way the items were displayed which always relayed to the book at all times. An experience I relished
Written February 11, 2020
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Francesca J
Brisbane, Australia14 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Lovely little museum in very interesting street full of shops with curios and little cafes. This would have been an excellent visit if firstly they had of supplied the head sets as mentioned when you buy the ticket! Having not read the book (this would be a huge bonus!) we thought the headset and commentary would suffice only to be told after purchasing the ticket that they had run out! So although interesting to look at it was all a bit meaningless as far as being able to decipher what all the displays meant and their relevance to anything. Definitely for fans of the book and if you can get a head set and commentary also worth it for others. Please advise visitors of this prior to selling the ticket as we would have been happy to wait until headsets became available!
Written October 16, 2023
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PhilipPeng
Istanbul, Türkiye2 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
You will feel it as true as you stepped into someone's home. All items have a temperature of body and skin. They are alive and talking. It's hard to seperate novel from life. and it should be the purpose of this museum.

For the pure love, Kemal said “Herkes bilsin, çok mutlu bir hayat yaşadım.” (Let everyone know, I lived a very happy life.)
Written January 31, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Wombling_Free_7548
Bristol, UK2,079 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
This is a very unusual museum and well worth a visit if you have read the book. There are two main floors of exhibits and it is very impressive how the author has brought the book to life. Worth paying the extra 10T for the audio guide. I didn’t listen to the explanation for each cabinet, but picked some highlights. My partner hasn’t read the book so was less interested but still enjoyed the insight into life in 1970s Istanbul.
Written May 9, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Karlamelia
20 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
I haven’t read the book, my mom did and she wanted to visit the museum. I was so impressed by how the author created a whole “real” world at the same time he created the book one. Everything, every piece and even the building has a story to tell. I don’t think you have to have read the book to enjoy it, the audio is super helpful and even as a standalone place is worthy. Be ready to be immersed in 70’s Istanbul, it really is a trip dowm memory lane.
Written July 13, 2022
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CorinaMontana
Montana City, MT18 contributions
May 2022
A little hard to find. I listened to the audio/video downstairs and loved the book. A lot of thought and detail went into this. I enjoyed looking at the collection and appreciated the love story. If you are handicap I do not recommend as 3 flights of narrow stairs.
Written June 9, 2022
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