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“Others have said it all - worthy of visit”

Museum of Innocence
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Ranked #38 of 1,033 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.
Sydney, Australia
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230 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Others have said it all - worthy of visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

We were watching BBC World News in the morning and this museum featured, next minute we were in a taxi (driver had some trouble finding), then we were enthralled by museum for a couple of hours. A story of love and perhaps, obsession.

And whatever you do, rent the audio for 5€. It will be meaningless without, even if you have read THE book.

Visited July 2014
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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A brilliant concept”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

Orhan Pamuk did a wonderful job in putting together this museum. The novel comes alive across floors is very eloquently executed. A must see novel and a must visit museum.

Visited July 2014
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Tamworth, Australia
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“Museum of innocence”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

I had just finished reading the novel and being able to visit the museum the day after finishing the story was amazing..I was entranced and seduced by the story and the idea of the museum..to the pint where reality and fiction got very muddled in my mind. I feel so privileged to have been able to visit this attraction. Wonderful. Read the novel first or it won't have as much significance.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Cecily134
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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

I visited this museum with my friend; i am citizen öf Turkey and my friend was foreighner tourist and they charged high price to ticket för my friend.i didn't like this.i read this book and museum is attractive för you ÍF you read Thé book.you can feel to living in Thé novel's story during your Visiting. An advice to management öf to museum:this is cultural activity and People feel how you care to make money there.its wrong.anyway i suggest to visit this museum ÍF you read Thé book

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Edmonton, Canada
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“IA museum for the well read”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

The museum turns the concept of museums on its head. The singular and grand national narrative(s) of large state/privately sponsored museum is replaced with the bric a brac of daily life such as train tickets, cigarette butts, and other detritus of human life. These provide a rich panorama of daily life for most middle class and westernized citizens of Istanbul.
Most who will be drawn to the museum will have read Orhan Pamuk. For some, it may make more sense for visitors to have read the book "Museum of Innocence" to fully take in the artefacts so methodically curated (and fetishized) in the museum. Others may be inspired to purchase the book in the gift shop in the basement.
As for myself, I was drawn to Istanbul after reading Memories and the City. This book in covering aspects of his life, while growing up in Istanbul, evokes a strong sense of place in 1950s Istanbul.
The museum is located off a steep street next to a Hammam. The neighborhood has many excellent restaurants and hotels. We stayed at the Vault Karakoy, The House Hotel just around the corner. The location of the hotel, its amenities, including a rooftop bar/dining room made for a perfect place to stay in Istanbul.

Visited February 2014
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