Whether you are over 18 or under, Istanbul Toy Museum is the place for you. If you are a child, you will love this museum, and if you are an adult, you will love the feeling that the museum evokes in you. The museum is located in the Kadikoy district of Istanbul. The idea of the museum was initiated by the artist, poetic soul and writer Sunai Akin. The museum was founded in 2005 and opened its doors to visitors in April of the same year.
The museum's birthday, Turkey's national holiday, and Children's Day fall on the same date, April 23. The rich content of historical toys, like a time machine located in a beautiful historical mansion makes you forget about time. Over 4,000 toys are housed in the museum, some of which are up to 200 years old. The words "I had this when I was little" are often heard in the museum.
Artist Sunai Akin has been collecting toys at auctions and buying from over 40 countries for a full 20 years and has managed to create a unique empire from his private collection. The toys are informative and entertaining. In the part where the trains are located, you can learn about the industrial revolution.
Toys from all over the world, Germany, Japan, America, etc. take place in this museum. Just some of the toys found here are plush toys, blocks, Disney mice, ships, cars, submarines, airplanes, houses, miniature toys, dolls, animal kingdom, space toys, etc.
The museum was designed by stage designer Aihan Dogan. Performances for children are often organized as well as creative workshops in the Turkish language where children have the opportunity to find out what materials are used in the production of toys and to discover all the little and big secrets they contain.
The museum is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m
The museum is closed on Mondays
Entrance fee to the museum
Regular ticket price 55 TL
Reduced price: 30 TL (children aged 3 and over, students, teachers, lecturers, over 65)
Free entry: Disabled, children up to 3 years old
Author of the text:
Maja Glavaš, Bachelor with Honours in Communicology. Works in Tourism.
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