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“Fills the Gaps in the History of Science”

Istanbul Museum of The History of Science & Technology in Islam
Reviewed September 6, 2013

If you have only 3 or 4 days in Istanbul, you might not want to spend time here unless you are particularly interested in science. This is a captivating new museum, however, so visit if you have the time. An old building was completely refurbished very beautifully for the museum. It is well laid out with superb explanations in 5 or 6 languages. Unlike a lot of signage in Turkey, the English translations sound like those of a native speaker. The museum introduces you to the critical role of Muslim scientists in the history of science. German specialists reconstructed astrolabes, miniatures of observatories, compasses, etc., from preserved drawings or made exact copies of some held in museums around the world. You can do the museum in 1-2 hours. Admission is only 5TL, and it is located in the beautiful Gulhane garden -- so great location and easy to get to. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

The museum is located in the Stables of Topkapi Palace in Gulhane Park..very interesting museum with all the early instruments used in eye ,orthopedic and throat surgery, the start of clock , water clocks different herbal and stone medicine and of course the stars and physics studies done in the early Islamic period..just coast TL5 worth visiting..

2  Thank Zakarya-zaki S
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Many people are unaware or forget that Islam was by far the most progressive and forward thinking religion and society in the early Middle Ages. The advancements made in mathematics, Astronomy and Physics were truly phenomenal and this museum exhibits an amazing array of gadgets.
Highlights are an 11th century mechanical entertainment machine, Fourteenth century torpedos, 14th century armoured vehicle and a quite ingenious rocket.
It was empty the day I was there whilst Istanbul was crawling with tourists. This is one Museum that really needs to up it's profile and be on everyone's itinnery

1  Thank kev11385
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

We had some time to kill and so we decided to drop in. The first sections are all clocks and astronomy tools, which while I can appreciate the mastery required to create them, I was not hugely interested in. As we got further in to the museum we found the sections concerning weaponry, medical tools, cartography, and water pumps. It was these sections that I found incredibly interesting. Overall its only worth it if you have a few hours to kill and no other plans.

Thank George P
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

I went to this museum because its free with the museum pass and was near to my hotel (in Gulhane Park). I'm a fan of science and technology exhibits, but this did not enthrall me. There is a great section on water clocks and comprehensive exhibits on astronomy (especially star based navigation techniques). Its a new and quiet museum, probably overreaching in terms of areas given the small size of most exhibits (such as the lapidary/rocks+ minerals). It would not interest most tourists unless this is your particular bent.

Thank ZeddyDog
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