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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