The Park Museum of Miniatures is an open-air museum opened in 2003. The relatively young museum was opened by the Turkish authorities in order to highlight the most important buildings and monuments of Istanbul in one place. The museum covers an area of 60,000 m2 and is divided according to the attractions located in Istanbul, Turkey, and those that were built during the Ottoman Empire but are located outside of Turkey.
In addition to offering a rich outdoor exhibition, presenting Istanbul in the palm of your hand, you can sit in one of the restaurants serving Turkish traditional food, take the children to the playground, play chess, ride a boat and buy souvenirs in the gift shop.
The museum collection contains a total of about 100 landmarks in miniature sizes that are identical to the full-size landmarks. This is also the first park of miniatures in the world. Visitors are delighted with the miniature display of Hagia Sophia, Galata Tower, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, etc.
The miniatures are made of fiberglass so they can withstand low and high temperatures. All the miniatures show the landmarks in great detail so you can fully experience the architecture of each building individually. Don't miss this fantasy version of Istanbul in miniature. It is a good idea to start your tour of Istanbul from this place, choose the sights that you liked the most and whose details fascinated you, and visit them in their actual size.
The museum is open every day from 09 a.m to 7 p.m
Entrance fee to the museum
Regular ticket price 90 TL
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Maja Glavaš, Bachelor with Honours in Communicology. Works in Tourism.
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