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. The 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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  • August 13, 2017
    One of us had read the book and the other hadn't, but we both found this to be one of the best museums we have visited anywhere in the world. It came with the bonus of being in a really cool and inter...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    If you love Pamuk's books and read and loved Museum of Innocence book it's a place for you! Don't go if you did not read the book. And deffo rent an audio guide. Personally spent 3h examining every de...  more »
  • July 6, 2017
    We visited this museum created and curated by Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk based on his novel Museum of Innocence. Do not ask about Museum of Innocence. Look for Masumiyet Muzesi, the Turkish name. Easi...  more »
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  • The Museum of Innocent building is 19 th century and created by novelist Orhan Pamuk...
  • Love Orhan Pamuk's work and thoroughly enjoyed the book of the same name. Walking through the museum makes the novel and it's characters so real. I had to keep reminding myself that they were fictional characters. A visit is highly recommended. Well curated tour. Definitely try and read the book before you visit. Admission 25 lira. Audio with headset 5 lira.
  • 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.
  • An amazing museum to explore!
  • Love the idea and the execution but I'd have got a lot more out of it if I'd read the book!

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