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Museum of Innocence, Istanbul

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Get transported inside a love story and learn about everyday city life in the 1970s at Museum of Innocence, inspired by the book of the same name by Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk. Published in 2008, the novel takes place in Istanbul between 1975 and 1984 and tells the love story between a prosperous businessman and his poorer distant relative. The museum, named European Museum of the Year in 2014, is filled with items that could have been in an old Istanbul apartment or flea market, but gain importance because they are used in the book as parts of the love story between the two characters. The items reflect the changing culture of the city in the 1970s and convey the everyday life of people during that time. If you haven't read the book before your visit, take advantage of the audio guide offered in the museum to grasp the significance of these everyday items. Note that the museum has many stairs and may be difficult to access for those with mobility issues. Museum of Innocence is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Istanbul Edition.
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  • If I could recommend one book to someone who visits Istanbul, it definitely would be which is inspired by the original Museum. The work of Pamuk not only makes that visit the Museum acquires a completely different value, but in general you can see how the city itself. Highly recommended.
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  • Recommended by a well read friend. Certainly worth a visit. I hadn’t read the book at the time of our visit but with the audio, which is a must, soon had our attention. Have now read the book and ther...  more »
  • Museum of innocence has affected me more than the book. A man can love how and how much, to see which can hide the details about him was fascinated. I collect many things special to my loved ones. I would recommend you to leave before finishing the book.
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  • Wonderful museum, definitely worth visiting. Every stand and installation fascinates and excites. If you are a fan of Orhan Pamuk and his Museum of Innocence, you must go there.
  • I think this was not exactly how Pamuk had imagined the museum (based on the interviews with the author I have read). Go see it if you read the book or interested in late 20th century Istanbul but don't expect much.
  • Great Idea ...You Feel like that you are part of the story... to be Honest The Upper Room Looks Creepy, it gave me a chill...
  • Extraordinary museum of ordinary things
  • It's amazing no words..Very lively place and historic.

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