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The Museum of Innocence, Istanbul
(4.4/5 based on 460 reviews on the web)
Get transported inside a love story and learn about everyday city life in the 1970s at The 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. To visit The Museum of Innocence and other attractions in Istanbul, use our Istanbul travel itinerary maker.
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  • Must take the audio guide and read before hand the book museum of innocence. Some extremely creative collection with amazing life connecting thoughts with each artifact. Quite and soothing experience!...  more »
  • Those who read the novel "Museum of innocence"-the Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk, this place would be very interesting. The exposition is located in an old wooden house, which literally impregnated by spirit magic Granny's trunk, here are all in strict order, as chapters and paragraphs in a book. In the Museum, as well as in the novel, one can see Istanbul, as it never will be. If you present your book-entry to the Museum is free.  
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  • I was half way through the book which itself provides deep insight into the emotions of the characters in the background of a complex culture which imbibes the western values while rooted to its own t...  more »
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  • This museum is an amazing capsule of culture, time and shifting national influences. Each vitrine could start a new novel. The sense of narrative through the building is an almost overpowering flavour, that stays with you long after leaving. A precious place that I hope remains safe.
  • Immersive experience, if you've read the book. Very well curated.
  • Love the idea and the execution but I'd have got a lot more out of it if I'd read the book!
  • Güzel.
  • It was a very visually stimulating museum but considering that it was all fictional it wasn't super interesting.