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“Extraordinary, fabulous, mind-expanding museum”

Uluumay Museum of Ottoman Folk Costumes and Jewelry
Ranked #33 of 83 things to do in Bursa
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Oak Park, Illinois
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59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Extraordinary, fabulous, mind-expanding museum”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

We read about this museum in our guide to Turkey and thought it might be interesting. Little did we know what an incredible treat was in store for us. If you have the slightest interest in the incredible artistry and workmanship of ethnic clothing, you MUST visit this museum! Mr. Esat Uluumay began collecting folk costumes from the Ottoman Empire (including the Balkans, Syria, Uzbekistan etc.) in the 1960s. His personal collection covers the 15th through the 19th centuries. It was turned into this museum by the City of Bursa. Housed in an old Ottoman building, there is room after room of folk costumes, complete with head coverings of all kinds, beaded shoes, boots, children's clothing and bridal attire from across the Empire. The museum also includes household items. Mr. Uluumay himself conducts the tour and his knowledge of Ottoman clothing is unparalleled. Every room is a total new delight of astonishment and discovery. DO NOT MISS if you are in Bursa.

Visited May 2013
7 Thank Elisabeth1943
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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97 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Travel back in time and go here...you will be the only guests at this treasure of a small museum!”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Dozens of traditional clothes and accessories of Ottoman Turks and the many ethnic peoples of the late Empire are tastefully displayed in this comprehensive but SMALL museum. There were no other vistors the day I was here...what a gem!! I give this a 10/10 rating...

Visited January 2013
5 Thank cardiacwiz
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Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey
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48 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“a small jem”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

actually the museum is rather small but full of very valuable items even if it has been done with little means it is really worth to see

Visited November 2012
3 Thank Paul M
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Antalya, Turkey
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“It is a must”
Reviewed May 7, 2012

Please visit this museum when you are in Bursa. The environment of the museum has a magical and peaceful effect on person and you can find very deep elegant, and handcrafted clothes and accesorries belong to many region of Turkey and very past times. Especially the Clothes and genuine shoes of every religion such as Prisest, Rabbi, Hodga (Imam) and others, and whole collection consist of particular pieces. I am impressed and strongly recommend not to miss the opportunity for visiting this place.

Visited May 2012
4 Thank Setuyaul
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Istanbul, Turkey
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173 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
“Piece of Gem”
Reviewed March 7, 2012

An etnographic museum dedicated to Ottoman era folk clothing and accessories personally gathered by Esat Uluumay , the collector of fifty years. The historic museum building, Şair Ahmet Paşa Medresesi next to Muradiye complex , is an Ottoman Madrasha from 14th century belonging to Ahmet Pasha a famous poet, of his time.

The impressive collection is made of clothing used in daily life and many different rituels, jewelery , belts, head scrafs, weapons etc. Many remarkable examples of ottoman textile used by common people. Could have used a larger space for exhibiting yet everything seems to be carefully displayed .

The museum is open everyday except Mondays and it is next to Muradiye Complex which is also important historic site in Bursa to be visited. There is also a cafe in the complex.

I would recommend you to visit this small but satisfactory museum.

Visited April 2011
4 Thank aguvenis
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