Museum of Innocence

Museum of Innocence, Istanbul: Hours, Address, Museum of Innocence Reviews: 4.5/5

Museum of Innocence
4.5
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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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  • Şişhane • 9 min walk
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beaulocks
Bedford, UK26 contributions
Jan 2020
Orhan Pamuk does write well. Probably an understatement if he has won a noble prize for literature with an earlier book. He recreates a whole book's story around the museum (or should it be vice versa). A fascinating idea and he really pulls it off. It evokes a whole era in the 1970s when Istanbul was becoming more westernized. It cleverly narrates a summary of the book through the pieces of 1970s Istanbul that were collected. I went with my 2 children aged 20 and 23 and they both enjoyed it but I am sure reading the book first would have been preferable.
Written August 11, 2020
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blissfuljourneys
Malibu, CA104 contributions
Jan 2020
Of course, it's worth coming to the museum AFTER you read the book. And the book is such a beautiful window into Instanbul of that time period.

I wish the museum staff was friendlier. People, like myself, come to the museum traveling from so many countries! Coming with an expectation after reading the book. As if visiting an old friend!
When I entered the museum all soaked wet as it was raining outside, to my question where I could hang to dry my jacket I received a very short response to place it on the railing with other people's clothes. I also wanted to use a bathroom, but it was closed and, again, it was told me in such a cold tone...

C'mon, show some friendliness!! At least pretend that you are happy to see people come...

ps Get audio guide.
Written January 11, 2020
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Da-ndy1989
Guildford, UK136 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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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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Anil276
Perth, Australia366 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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workingmummy
London, UK23 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Not a gimmick - a valuable complement to the novel. A thought provoking 2 hrs spent inching along the vitrines listening attentively to the audio guide. I don’t tend to opt for these being a smug art historian but I would have missed out on the author’s words clarifying his intention behind the choice and placement of the objects.

The walk uphill to the museum, past the faded gentility of abandoned town houses, in a neighbourhood that is regenerating is well worth it! Lots of great coffee bars and design shops to enjoy on the way back down.
Written May 6, 2018
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janerikpedersen
15 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Orhan Pamuk, turkish autor and Nobel Price taker, has established this museum, based on one of his books.
A dramatic love story, with no happy ending, So- tears, tears and tears can be the consequense - looking to all kinds of objects, that have been included for the young lovers.

Start walking from the Taksim Square along the Istiklal Street and turn left at the Galatasaray Lisesi. Go down hillside and after some few hundreds meter you will find the banner of Masumiyet Muzesi on the left side.
Written October 15, 2018
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BRasha
Ottawa, Canada4 contributions
Apr 2013
I read Orhan's book a month ago and I loved it so much, that I now consider it one of my favorite books. Yesterday, i happened to be in istanbul for vacation and trip advisor showed this museum as one of the attractions. I was so excited about it, I couldnt sleep. the museum exceeded my expectations.it is beautifully designed; each stand representing a chapter of the book. It is definitely one of the best experiences i've had; watching my favorite book come to life. If you loved the book and you're in town, don't miss this.( if you bring your copy of the book, you can go in for free )
Written April 17, 2013
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david1055
Chicago, IL60 contributions
Oct 2012 • Solo
You can enjoy the MOI even if you've not read Pamuk's novel simply because you'll get a sampling of life in Istanbul during the 1970's and 60's. However, to really appeciate it, either read the novel or listen to the audiobook version beforehand. It's the ultimate novel of memory and obsession and Pamuk being compared to Proust and Nabokov is totally appropriate. Apparently he had the idea of creating this actual museum as he planned the novel and collected the everyday objects used by its characters as he was writing it. What you'll see is a small home filled with Joseph Cornell type boxes, each box being a chapter of the book. Finally, when you reach the top floor, you're in the bedroom of the protagonist. There's nothing in the history of literature quite like the novel and its accompanying museum. If you're in Istanbul, do not miss it,
Written October 29, 2012
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mrafigh
Tehran, Iran55 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Be a real tourist, enjoy the art too.

I recommend you, read two famous books from Turkish Nobel prize winner : Orhan pamuk , before you want to traveling to Istanbul.
In this way, you will walk in the Istanbul streets with a clearer view.
( The Museum Of Innocence ) created in the real old house, by Orhan Pamuk , writer of this novel.
This is a museum of objects. The objects that you read about that in the book .

The book and the museum start with this sentences: “ It was the happiest moment of my life, thought I didn’t know it “ .
Written July 4, 2019
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