Istanbul Naval Museum

Deniz Müzesi

The main building of the Istanbul Naval Museum displays an interesting collection of ship models – from ancient sailing vessels to modern submarines. Small, ship cabin-like halls demonstrate the furniture and interior details of the MV Savarona, a beautiful yacht gifted to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. The yacht was designed by a US architect and cruised across the Atlantic and the Mediterranean sea until it was bought by the Turkish government and gifted to the founder of the Republic. The yacht was long a place for holding official meetings of the government and receiving foreign leaders. The legendary battle cruiser TCG Yavuz, the last battleship of the First World War, has a hall of its own. In the Memory Hall the plates of the deceased Turkish sailors are on display. The museum also has a unique collection of old nautical charts, the most famous of which is the map of Piri Reis, who was an admiral of the Turkish fleet. The original of this map is in the Topkapi Palace. This map was one of the first to show both Americas. In the gallery behind the main building there is a collection of elegant sultan’s imperial caïques (ceremonial vessels). Many of them are unique, for instance the one of Mehmed IV where the labor of 144 rowers was needed. There are some battle galleys where the slaves were chained to the vessel’s benches.

Address: Sinanpaşa Mh.
Opening hours: closed on Mondays. September-May Tue- Sun 9 am – 5 pm, June-August Tue-Fri 9 am – 5 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am – 6 pm
Coordinates: 41.04154, 29.005402