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“Museum of Innocence”

Museum of Innocence
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Private Tour: Istanbul Sightseeing Including Museum of Innocence, Pera Museum...
Ranked #35 of 1,042 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.
Beli Manastir, Croatia
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“Museum of Innocence”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

I reccomend you to first read the book of the same title, and then visit the museum. Your experience will be that much better

Visited August 2014
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Hong Kong, China
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“Enjoyable but do some research”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

I enjoyed this museum as a creative and unique space but I think it needs to be made clear (esp. for people who have not read the book) that it is fiction. People assume museums "tell the truth/history" and that is not the case here. The museum brings the fictional story to life in a unique way and I love the idea of giving the book a physical space, however, the objects have been meticulously curated by Mr. Pamuk to support his story/view of Istanbul, they are not the remnants of a man obsessed with a woman he cannot have.

The museum should also remember Mr. Pamuk's own manifesto (posted in the lobby) in which he rejects the idea that major museums which represent the "state" as the only option for sharing history - instead he espouses smaller museums which tell the story of the individual. He wants museums to represent real people and places, yet this museum is dedicated to his fictional characters and admission (with audio guide) was the same as the entrance fee to Topkapi and Aya Sofya - hardly removing any "barriers to entry" that may keep people from the major sites.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the quiet, contemplative feel of the museum (and I had not read the book). The boxes are meticulously created with just enough video and sound to be interesting but not distracting - I just think that they may have lost sight of Mr. Pamuk's own ideas on museums in the process of creation.

Visited August 2014
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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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“Only for fans of the book”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

It's ok, but clearly a vanity project by the author. Crowded to the point of claustrophobia, and doesn't add very much to the experience of the book. Not bad, but not great...

Visited July 2014
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Take the book for free entry (otherwise 25TL), get the audio guide (only 5TL) and give yourself 2.5 hours minimum. Beautifully designed, well played out, startling innovation.

Visited July 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“A wonderful accompaniment to the book”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

It makes for a wonderful experience to stay in Istanbul, read Orhan Pamuk's book and visit the museum. The museum brings the book to life. Pamuk has created a masterpiece.
Absolutely loved it.

Visited July 2014
Thank HPatz
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