Istanbul Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Entry Fee and Opening Hours
The building known as Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum used to be a palace from the Ottoman Empire era. It was built by Pargali Ibrahim Pasha, a prime minister (Grand Vizier) in the state, in the 16th century.
Pargali Ibrahim Pasha is also known as “Damat Ibrahim Pasha” and he was the first Ottoman Grand Vizier who was able to build such a glorious palace.
There are two reasons why Ibrahim Pasha was privileged. The first reason is he grew up with Sultan Suleiman and he was a very good friend of him and his assistant. The other reason is Pargali Ibrahim Pasha was married to Sultan Suleiman’s sister, Hatice Sultan.
After this marriage, Pargali Ibrahim Pasha became relatives with the Ottoman dynasty and no harm was seen in Pargali Ibrahim Pasha’s owning his own palace. However, although he was a highly respected and popular pasha in the Ottoman Empire, he was executed abruptly.
Following Ibrahim Pasha’s death, his magnificent palace began to be used by several other statesmen. Nowadays it’s a museum where a unique collection of Islamic and Turkish art is displayed.
The Museum is located next to Blue Mosque
Where is It located?
How to Get to There?
You can reach the museum from Eminonu or Beyazit direction via tram. It’s a five-minute walking distance from Sultanahmet Tram Station.
Things to See at the Museum
You can observe the intermingled history of the Turks and Muslims at the Museum as highly important works from both Islam and Turkish history are preserved here.
The Turkish works here are mainly from Seljuk Turks and Ottoman era and their origins are Anatolia. Hand-written Quran and other religious works from the Caliphates period are also displayed at Turkish Islamic Arts Museum.
Turkish Carpets and Rugs Section
The carpets of Anatolian Seljuk Turks’ displayed in the museum are the only carpets of its kinds that still survive today. The most important carpet examples of Turkish nomads are displayed here.
You should also note that such carpets of Turkish nomads are displayed all over the world in various museums today. Additionally, huge carpets from the Ottoman era are displayed here too.
There are differences between the Seljuk and Ottoman carpets in terms of theme and tone. These differences can be observed more clearly when you visit the display rooms in the museum.
More information about History of Turkish Carpets
Ancient Turkish Rugs
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Entry Fee 2020
The entrance fee for the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum is 50 Turkish Liras as of 2020. Admission ticket is free for children under 8 years. Istanbul Museum Pass is valid in this museum.
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Opening Hours 2020
The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts is open to visitors between 09:00 in the morning and 19:00 in the summer season from 1 April to 1 October. It closes at 18:00 between 1 October and 1 April, which is considered the winter season. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Entrance times of museums in Istanbul may vary due to events and renovations. Before going to the museum, I recommend you to visit the official website of the Museum and review the latest situation.
Written By Serhat Engul