MUSEUM OF TURKISH AND ISLAMIC ARTS
INFORMATION
Summer Period Hours
1 April - 31 October
Opening time: 09:00
Closing time: 19:30
Winter Period Hours
31 October - 1 April
Opening time: 09:00
Closing time: 18:30
Box Office Summer / Winter Closing Hours
Summer Period: 18:30
Winter Period: 17:30
Closed Days
Open Every Day
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Address: Binbirdirek Mah.Atmeydani Sok. Ibrahim Pasa Sarayi No:46 34122 Istanbul/Turkey
Email: tiem@ktb.gov.tr
Phone 1:+902125181805
Phone 2:+902125181806
Entrance Fee: 100 ₺
State: Open
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DESCRIPTION

WORLD’S RICHEST ISLAMIC ART COLLECTION

Osman Hamdi
Osman Hamdi Bey
(1842-1910)

Turkish and Islamic Art Museum is the first museum in our country to include Turkish - Islamic artworks together and at the same time, it has the distinction of being the last museum opened during the Ottoman Empire Period. The Director of the Müze-i Hümayun, Osman Hamdi Bey formed a committee to establish a new museum to prevent continuing thefts from historic waqf (foundation) buildings such as mosques, masjids, dervish lodges, zaviyes and tombs. After collecting artifacts including carpets, rugs, manuscripts, wooden doors, lecterns and oil lamps etc. from the foundation buildings, museum opened for the first time in 1914 in the imaret building of Suleymaniye Mosque Complex, one of the most important structures of Mimar Sinan (Sinan the Architect) by the name of "Evkaf-ı Islamiye Museum" (Islamic Foundations Museum). After the declaration of the Republic and name the country "Turkiye Cumhuriyeti" on 29 October 1923, it was named "Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum" and moved to Ibrahim Pasha Palace to the west of Blue Mosque Square, in 1983. Apart from the Sultan palaces, the museum building is one of the earliest surviving palace buildings to the present day, dates back to the late 15th century.

Ibrahim Pasha Palace, one of the most important structures of Ottoman civil architecture, rises above the old “Racetrack Square” stairs. In 1520, it was repaired by Suleiman the Magnificent and gifted to Ibrahim Pasha of Pargali, his son-in-law and grand vizier.

The elevated structure on the arches surrounds the terrace on the three sides. One of the most pleasant places in the museum is this terrace, overlooking the Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque) Square.

Tiem (Turkish and Islamic Art Museum) went under extensive restoration work in 1982 for display arrangements with a new understanding of exhibition. it was opened again in 2014, which was 100th anniversary of its first opening.

HOSTS THE RARE ARTS OF ISLAMIC WORLD

The works of the museum’s rare examples of Emevi, Abbasi, Artuklu, Eyyubi, Ilhanlı, Timurid, Safavi, Kaçar, Memluk, Seljuk and Ottoman periods were collected from different areas of the Islamic world. The museum is famous for having the best rug collection in the world. The masterpieces among the rugs are rare 13th century Seljuk carpets that cannot be found elsewhere.

In addition to its rug collections, the museum also stands out with its pristine works of art. Glassware, stone and terracotta artifacts and metal and ceramic objects are among the precious pieces exhibited. A large hall in the courtyard of the museum is devoted to the collection of ethnography, reflecting the daily life of 19th century Istanbul. The Holy Relics section in the museum brings the most important works of this area like the ones in Topkapı Palace.

WHILE YOU ARE HERE

Explore the Blue Mosque and its surroundings. The park in the Square is especially colorful when tulips bloom. The racetrack which constitutes the most important part of the square witnessing many historical events, is a monument that cannot be overlooked. The must-see artworks in the Racetrack, where horse carriage races were held in Byzantine times, are Kaiser Wilhelm (German) Fountain, Theodosius Obelisk and Spiral Column. But after all, the place not to be missed in Sultanahmet Square is the Blue Mosque which gives its name to the square.

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Last Updated: Wed, 14 September 2022

Last Updated: Wed, 14 September 2022

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