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“Obsessive nostalgia provides insight into Istanbul of the past.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museum of Innocence

Museum of Innocence
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Private Tour: Istanbul Sightseeing Including Museum of Innocence, Pera Museum...
Ranked #42 of 1,034 things to do in Istanbul
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Owner description: Orhan Pamuk tarafından yaratılan Masumiyet Müzesi yazarın aynı adlı romanında anlatılan günlük hayat eşyalarının hatıra ve anlamlarını gösteren titizlikle hazırlanmış enstalasyonlardan oluşan küçük bir İstanbul müzesidir.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Obsessive nostalgia provides insight into Istanbul of the past.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

I was not a huge fan of Pamuk's book: after initially relishing the details of Istanbul at another time I became a little frustrated with Kemal's obsession. However, when I discovered that the museum was a short distance from my accommodation it seemed foolish not to make the effort to visit. I'm so glad I did. The museum is a delight, and the way it is constructed is fascinating. I think anyone interested in the city of Istanbul, and particularly in its recent past, would find the museum of interest. I did, however, think the entrance fee at 25TL was a little excessive - but I guess that's the cost of constructing a private museum. I wouldn't cross town to visit the museum, but if you're in Beyoglu and enjoy exploring the back streets and learning more about the history of the city then I think you'll enjoy this museum.

Visited June 2014
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Surreal & Moving”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

Pamuk's unusual catalog display his immense gift as a writer, Cultural observer and Artist, addressed to not only readers of his books, but also to art lover, collectors of all stripes and travelers who are drawn to Istanbul..

Visited June 2014
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“A must if you've liked the book”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

This is an amazing project in museum creation, mingling the real, possible and imaginary aspects of its Istanbul hero's life and obsession. A confusing and moving experience.

Visited May 2014
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“Remarkable and unique.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

The conception of both the novel and the museum of the same name was fascinating. The most remarkable exhibit was that of the manuscript pages on the top floor, which show how the two creations were conceived simultaneously. The problems for us were that the museum was very, very difficult to find, and to appreciate it fully, we would have needed hours more than we had to spend there.

Visited May 2014
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Soest, The Netherlands
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“Read the book first”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

if you visit this " museum" without reading the book you miss a part of it, as the book and the museum are complementary. The museum illustrates the love of Fusel and Kemal through time, from their encounter to the ( sad, alas ) end ). If you bring the book, admission is free. The english edition of the book is sold out in the shop, german, spanish, italian and french editions are available. A remarkable achievement by Orhan Pamuk.

Visited June 2014
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