Istanbul Military Museum

Askerî Müze

To the north of Taksim Square there is a Military Museum that would be an interesting place for a family visit. It is impossible to say that the museum of its exhibits had any luck – it looted, it was deprived of a part of its objects (connected with the Janissary corps after its abolition). Nevertheless, the museum survived and prospered: in 1950 its collection was moved to the Ottoman imperial military academy (where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk studied) and in 1993 the modern museum finally opened its doors to the visitors.

The museum holds some truly unique artefacts, not to mention the legendary chain, which the Byzantines used to block the mouth of the Golden Horn to keep out the Ottoman navy. Its size boggles the mind! The rich collection also displays an impressive array of swords of Sultan Suleiman and a champron of his horse, sabers of Sultans Mehmed the Conqueror and Selim the Grim, military banners, a number of unique helmets including the legendary helmet of Orhan Gazi, shields, daggers, fire arms (16th-20th centuries). A separate hall is dedicated to the battles of the First World War. An interesting exhibition is dedicated to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first president of Turkey. The world’s oldest Janissary Band, Mehter Takımı, gives daily concerts of march music at one the museum’s halls from 3 pm till 4 pm.

Address: Valikonagi Cad.
Opening hours: closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Wed-Sun 9 am – 5 pm
How to reach: Osmanbey (M1), Kabataş (TR1)
Coordinates: 41.047839, 28.988054