Concept and modern museums, which specialize in expanding areas of interest, changing technologies, and certain subjects, are candidates to become popular museums with new exhibition techniques and presentations. New presentation methods, models or models that evoke a sense of three-dimensional experience and reality, and interactive approaches seem to make even those who say they don’t like museums fall in love with them.
Here are Turkey’s Top 7 Creative Museums of Turkey;
Izmir Key Museum
These passions of two collector brothers Murat and Selim Özgörkey eventually led to the creation of this museum in the Torbalı district of İzmir which is located about 40 minutes from Ephesus Ancient City and 45 minutes from Ancient Smyrna. Izmir Key Museum is among the world’s leading museums in its field. The museum, where many motor vehicles are exhibited from the late 1880s to our recent history, has the title of Turkey’s largest automobile museum. It contains numerous classic cars, motorcycles, mascots and model cars, and various objects and items all based on automobiles. The first models of brands such as Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Ford, BMW, Porsche, which have shaped the automobile world, with 75 automobiles that tell the story of the automobile world more than 100 years since the first automobile produced in 1886, is also exhibited in the museum.
Istanbul Aviation Museum
There are many artifacts such as the aircraft used by the Turkish Air Force from the past to the present, model collections, tools and equipment used in aviation, the clothes of Turkish aviators, works on aviation from past to present, and weapons. In addition, after visiting the museum, you can spend some time sipping your coffee in the cafeteria inside the Istanbul Aviation Museum, and you can buy model airplanes from the store located in the museum at very affordable prices.
Camlik Train Museum nearby Ephesus
Do you know that the oldest railway line in Turkey is the İzmir-Aydın Railway? Located on this road at Çamlık Station near Selçuk, Çamlık Train Museum is one of the largest steam locomotives collections in Europe with its steam locomotives displayed in the open air. American, French, German, British, Swedish, Russian, and Czechoslovak-made steam locomotives are on display in the museum. The wagon that Atatürk traveled on on his way to Çamlık is also among the exhibits. One of the most striking pieces of the museum is an English-made locomotive that works by burning only wood and there are only two left in the world.
Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology
Bodrum Underwater Archeology Museum, located in Bodrum Castle, built by the Knights of St. John in 1406-1523, is among the most important underwater archeology museums in the world. The rocky area, where the castle and the museum are located, was an island in ancient times. Later, it was connected to the city and turned into a peninsula. Yassıada, Devil Creek, and Sparrow Harbor wrecks are also on display in the museum, where the world’s oldest sunken ship remains are exhibited. If you want to see the world’s richest collection of Eastern Mediterranean amphoras, don’t forget to visit the castle and the museum.
Kutman Wine Museum
Kutman family, who has been collecting old wine-related machines, tools, and documents for about 15 years, has been exhibiting them in the museum since 2003. In addition to the first tools used by his family to make wine, accounting records from 1911, population records from the Ottoman period are exhibited. This wine museum, which is an important value in gastronomy, serves its domestic and foreign visitors in Tekirdağ.
Considered Turkey’s first modern and contemporary art museum, Istanbul Modern not only hosts international exhibitions but also eventually became home of art rather than a museum with its library and cinema. The open-air cinema in the summer and the museum, which organizes workshops for all age groups throughout the year, is free on Thursdays.
Turkish Islamic Arts Museum
Turkey’s Islamic history can be traced in the museum, which welcomes its visitors at the Ibrahim Pasha Palace. From metal works to textile samples such as tents and dresses, from weapons to art carpet weaving, pieces from various periods of Turkish culture are in the museum. In addition, many manuscripts of the most precious examples of Islamic culture are in the collection of the museum.
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