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The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews- MOVED

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5 Nov 2017
“A great place to visit. History of Turkish Jews and more!!”
24 Aug 2015
“Picture of Turkey as tolerant and multiculture (?)”
Formerly The Museum was located in the Zülfaris Synagogue from 2001 to 2015, now it has moved to the Neve Shalom Syanagogue . The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews has moved to Sishane adjoining Neve Shalom Synagogue meaning "Oasis of...more
Karakoy Meydani Percemli Sok. No:1 Karakoy, Beyoglu | Next to Neve Shalom Synagogue, Istanbul 34421, Turkey
+90 212 292 63 33
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

I could not find it the first time I tried, but as one of the other posters mentioned, it is right off the Karaköy tram stop. It is on a small street right next to the entrance to the funicular that goes up Galata Hill....More

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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Walk up to the Tower through the small roads and alleys. After visiting the Tower and exiting go straight down the hill. There is a sign for the Jewish Museum. Not sure of the opening times or days. About halfway down on the left you...More

Thank shiraleo
Reviewed 24 August 2015

Small hidden gem near Galata tower. It celebrates the 500 anniversary of Ottoman's welcome of the persecuted Jews in Spain. The museum displays artefacts of Turkish Jews, introduces the history of joint cohabitation and praises the humanitarianism of Turkish people towards different creeds, cultures and...More

Thank Zuzana_sldkv
Reviewed 18 August 2015

Even with directions from two travel guide books, we found this place very difficult to fine. It is truly at the end of a dead-end alley. You'll have to provide some sort of identification and pay the nominal 10TL per person fee. You will be...More

Thank urbanguy
Reviewed 18 July 2015

This is a very small museum in an old Synagogue that is very hard to find (close to Galata bridge, on the Karakoy side) with very limited hours. You have to ask at a hotel when you get close. Aside from that, it has many...More

Thank Marc U
Reviewed 11 July 2015

We stumbled upon this museum by accident while walking around the area near our hotel. It is well-hidden. It is located in what once was the Zulfaris Synagogue. Once inside, there are many small cabinets displaying historical documents and photos, with an emphasis on issues...More

Thank Nathan1000
Reviewed 30 May 2015

This small museum, located in a former synagogue is well worth the visit. It's located on a small, dead-end street just over Galata bridge. Not handicap accessible. Visitors see the sanctuary of the synagogue and exhibits about Turkish Jewish history. If you climb up to...More

Thank annettefromm
Reviewed 18 March 2015

Although I'd known that the Ottoman Empire had welcomed Jews from Spain and other parts of Europe who were fleeing persecution, I hadn't REALLY understood how hunted those who came to Istanbul had felt, nor how welcoming the Turks had been. From the exhibits you...More

Thank jaseaton
Reviewed 4 March 2015

The Jewish community of Turkey, dating back millenia, created this museum specifically for the 500th anniversary of the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492. Many of them found homes in the Ottoman Empire, establishing the Sephardic Jewish presence that dominates the Jewish community of...More

Thank rtaba285
Reviewed 4 December 2014

Yes it was hard to find but if you zoom in on the map feature of Trip Advisor it will put you right on the correct little dead end street with guard booth at the end. So you will have to be willing to let...More

Thank ibresqone
Reviewed 11 June 2014

This rather beleaguered small museum has seen better days. Despite the 20,000 Jews living in greater Istanbul, the community has been dispersed, and this collection of memorabilia of, largely, the early 20th century community has something of a tired feeling. Take a look at their...More

Thank NicJBoston
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