Hi! Let's continue our virtual tour of the fascinating Rahmi M. Koç Museum in Istanbul. In the previous post, I mentioned how to get to this exhibition space and its history. Today, I'd like to delve into more detail about the exhibits featured in the halls of this unique museum.
Walking through the museum
The museum showcases a large variety of transportation, ranging from bicycles to massive locomotives. In my opinion, the exhibit that garners the most attention from visitors is the automobile hall. Almost every visitor takes a selfie against the backdrop of these iconic vehicles.
Despite being sometimes referred to as a transportation museum, there are halls not related to this theme. For example, a model of a sawmill or an olive oil production plant. Additionally, you can see a collection of miniature cars, models of Istanbul's piers, and an exhibition of old computers.
Part of the exhibition is located outdoors. Interestingly, some of the outdoor collection items are accessible even without purchasing a museum ticket. One of the most intriguing outdoor exhibits is a B-24 Liberator bomber salvaged from the sea.
The exhibition is housed in the former shipyard. Fourteen historic buildings have been preserved and transformed into a small urban street. In this fictional settlement, there's a pharmacy, a blacksmith shop, and a toy store.
Some exhibits are open for visitors: guests can peek inside historical trams, take photos in cars, stroll through the cabins of two airplanes, and enter a double-decker bus. Along the Golden Horn, there's a steamship housing an exhibition of antique toys and a café.
Some museum exhibits are interactive: visitors can press buttons to see various mechanisms in action. Young visitors particularly enjoy this feature. Moreover, one of the museum halls even has a dedicated children's room.
Considering the scale of the exhibition, I would recommend allocating several hours for a walk through the museum. This part of the city may not be rich in landmarks, but if you have time after exploring the exhibits, you can stroll to the Aynalıkavak Palace, located just 15 minutes away on foot."
Continuing the topic of transportation, I suggest you move on to an article about the cable cars of the amazing Istanbul.
Have a nice trip!