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The Museum of Innocence, Istanbul

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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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  • Herseyden boyle lanilasi celebrated for an attempt. I caught the spirit of the book here, I clean
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  • 伊斯坦布尔值得去一次的地方。去之前先看书。周围的街道走走也很舒服。最好与相爱的人一起。也许不那么现实,好奇这样的感情为何会出现在这样的地方。  more »
  • A different place to visit in Istanbul. Will enjoy more when is has read the novel namesake of Orhan Pamuk. Full of objects everyday and memories, is beautiful! The road from Şişhane metro station has many slopes, perhaps from Tophane is easier. The streets around are a little careless, but it is a very quiet place.
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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.