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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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  • Firstly, the museum wouldn't make much sense if you don't get the audio guide. So get one. The museum is a fascinating approach to blurring fact and reality through actual objects belonging to a parti...  more »
  • This is a must-see for anyone who has read Orhan Pamuk's "The Museum of Innocence". In fact, bring your copy of your book along and gain free entrance! The book is about love, memory and longing and P...  more »
  • This Museum is from a Nobel Awarded writer/novelist Orhan Pamuk. Created as the book with same name. It has a very special soul but plase don't go without reading this book. You won't understand.  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.