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“Magical..if you've read the book”

Museum of Innocence
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Private Tour: Istanbul Sightseeing Including Museum of Innocence, Pera Museum...
Ranked #38 of 1,033 things to do in Istanbul
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Owner description: 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.
kumasi, Ghana
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“Magical..if you've read the book”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

And don't forget to take your book with you to save yourself 25 TL..if you've left your book at home go to Pandora Bookstore just off Istiklak. They have a pocket book version for 10.50 TL at writing..and I'd recommend you get the audio guide for 5 TL...it is wonderfully done! As is the whole thought provoking experience, not only about the story, but also Pamuk's take on museums are all about..I went twice!

And like other reviewers have said repeatedly, don't really bother going if you have not read the book.

Visited October 2013
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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

The Museum of Innocence is a true little gem and a unique representation of an emotional love story between two different social classes. Truly a remarkable concept to have based the museum on the novel or vice versa. To visit the museum without having read the book is not recommended, as it would have no meaning to the uninformed. Had I known that if you bring your own copy of the book entrance is free - quite pricey at 25 TL but worth every cent. But you need time to go through each cabinet and follow it in the book. I was searching for the earring Fusan lost (its in the very 1st cabinet (the butterfly), and the pearl earrings that his father gave him...I would love to meet the author as he must have an amazing mind to have conjured up this unique experience for us to share.

Visited October 2013
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“very personal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

If you have read the book you will love the museum. Otherwise it will probably be a but weird. Unless someone can explain it to you. Fairly expensive entry fee.

Visited September 2013
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South East London
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“Really worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013

This museum is tiny but very beautiful and thought provoking. It tells the story of a love affair between different social classes of the time.
I had not read the book before we went and wished that I had, however, it is available in several languages in the little shop and I have now got a copy to read. The exhibition of 60s items in itself is worth a visit as it is on three floors and up a narrow winding staircase.

Visited September 2013
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Manama, Bahrain
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“Beautiful, little museum!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

I took my book with me and got free entry. It's a different experience if you haven't read the book as my husband can testify. He did get the audio guide though and was very emotional by the end of the tour (as a book-reader, this was one of the most emotional love stories I've ever read). The museum is mostly what you'd expect it to be and if you've finished the novel recently, you'll have a great visit otherwise get an audio guide which is only 5TL anyway. Take your books for free entry as the ticket is 25TL per person. It was a bit small though, but a great experience nonetheless. You could combine the visit with a visit to Istanbul Modern (about a 7-9 minute walk).

Visited September 2013
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