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Rahmi M. Koc Museum, Istanbul

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Board a 1944 U.S. naval submarine or enter the cabin of a propeller-driven aircraft at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, dedicated to Turkey's industrial past and the history of transport and communications. The museum displays an eclectic collection belonging to its founder Rahmi M. Koç, member of the wealthiest Turkish dynasty. Exhibits include topics like racing, sports, classic automobiles, an amphibious car, lifeboats and ferryboats, aircraft, and an olive oil factory, as well as items like a Thomas Edison telegraph patent model. Don't miss the selection of 19th- and early 20th-century vehicles featuring a sultan's carriage, a steam engine locomotive, and an Istanbul tram. With our world travel planner, Istanbul attractions like Rahmi M. Koc Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • There were models of rail coaches and engines outside as well as motor car museum inside. This was an excellent educative and fun sight.  more »
  • From a Cobra Helicopter to crashed B24 and a M47 Patton Tank to a Submarine you can find many things there including so many classic vehicles and old trucks also Wagons and engines. GO and SEE...  more »
  • Compared to Blue Mosque district, where many of Istanbul's historical beauties rest, and Taksim etc where nightlife and shopping places exist, one may hesitate to stop by Koç Museum that is a little b...  more »
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  • Very interesting and curiously organized museum packed with various man-made objects from different historical stages, basically a museum of human history as seen through material world. It's announced as museum of industry, communication and transport, but we preferred to call it "the museum of everything". Especially impressed by collections of REAL cars (from early steam-engine ones to glossy American 60's classics), as well as motorbikes, bicycles, kids trolleys and other moving devices wittily accompanied by various atmospheric stuff like old posters or vitrines with ladies vintage hats. Life-size tram and railway carriages you came walk in to are also impressive. Don't miss to have a cup of Turkish tea (for 1TL !!!) in a cute "retro street cafe" in the beginning of the car gallery. Highly recommend to reserve several hours for this place. We had only 2 hours before closing time and haven't seen a half of it.
  • What an absolute gem of a collection. A brilliant museum by a discerning collector clearly. I come from London and have visited many of the great museums of the world but this is right up there. Just so much fun. What a great way of giving something back to his home city but doesn't Rahmi Koc just sometimes wish he could drive his '64 Mustang or his Ford Gallaxie Starliner around Istanbul? I know I would.
  • One of the most beautiful and interesting museums you should visit. Everything was going great until the staff threatened to lock us inside at 5:59 pm. Plus the waiters were so careless and arrogant at the Divan restaurant who miscalculated our check three times! If you get hungry, I suggest you have somethings at Fenerbahce (the retired ship), which will be cheaper and more practical.
  • Great collection of old cars. They have a section specifically for kids. You would need a good 3 to 4 hours here if not more.
  • Great experience! Beautiful place to spend a day and you can also sit next to the Golden Horn and enjoy your food at the end. I recommend this place.

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