Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is a museum located in Sultanahmet Square, just opposite of Blue Mosque. At first the museum building was the palace of Ibrahim Pasha, who was the first grand vizier to Suleyman the Magnificent. After the proclamation of the Turkish Republic, it started to serve as a museum.

Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is the first museum covering the Turkish and Islamic art collections in Turkey. Its major sections are Wood Works Department, Department of Ethnography, Stone Art Section, Department of Ceramic and Glass, Metal Art Department, Department of Carpet and Department of Manuscripts and Calligraphy.

These exhibitions display Turkish history, ranging from earlier periods beginning in the 8th century, Seljuk (11th to 13th centuries) to the Ottoman (14th to 20th centuries). Especially, Carpet Department is unique with Selcuk carpets.

In addition, it has a court where you can relax and drink Turkish coffee with the view of Sultanahmet, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.

The museum is open between the hours of 8.00am-5.30pm everyday except monday. Entrance fee is 5 tl (~2 euro) per person.