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“It makes you want to be a kid again”

Istanbul Toy Museum
Ranked #68 of 1,119 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

We were staying in Kadikoy for part of our Istanbul visit so we thought we should see the museum located there - it still took a bit to find it but it's worth it. The museumhas toys from all over the world and a good amount of the signage is in English and Turkish which is great. I own an antique shop and sell vintage toys so I was interested to see the collection. Wow! It had toys I've never seen and stories about how some of them came to the museum that made you want to shed a tear (in a good way!). Now that I've been I can recommend that you take the train from Kadikoy to Göztepe and from there it's a short walk to the Toy Museum.

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Reviewed 22 June 2012

4,000 plus toys from 19th and 20th century, mainly German, other European, Turkish and American (see Mickey and Minnie evolve) All are beautifully and imaginatively presented over 5 floors of the benefactors restored timber Ottoman house. We spent hours there in constant delight (though Nazi war ones are sobering are the atom bomb melted fragments of toys from a Japanese school) The "doll's houses - tiny shops of every sort are fully stocked with goods tools and people - are astounding.
Check out the YouTube video of the museum or google images to get some idea of the richness of the collection. Easy to get to - ferry to Haydarpasa and train to Goztepe and 2 blocks walk -all on Istanbul card. The museums website has alternative routes ,directions and maps.

3  Thank Jansu52
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Reviewed 8 June 2012

… had a great time here. Let’s start from the beginning:

Although not close to the main attractions (we had to take the ferry from Eminonu to Kadikoy and then a taxi) it was worth the trip.

As you enter some rooms you will hear the theme music playing (western, space, etc.) this just adds to the experience.

Everything is labeled by country and year and very well classified.
There is a nice café/candy shop to unwind.

I highly recommend a visit to the restrooms in the bottom floor (entrance shaped like a submarine), just be careful with the step.

You really have to pay attention and be alert, there are so many toys (Felix the cat, Popeye, smurfs, etc.) you can easily miss some. There are some old (original) newspaper articles explaining in some cases who owned that specific toy. My wife enjoyed the old (some dating to the 1930’s) German dollhouses.

We were only planning a one hour visit, but stayed almost three.

Visited during a week day and (except for some second graders on a school trip) it was practically empty.

I do not recommend this place for handicapped people, as it has several floors and no elevators. But, if you are traveling with kids, like collecting old toys or just think your inner child will enjoy it give this museum a visit; we did not regret it.

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