Author Museums You Can Visit in Istanbul

Would you like to learn more about the authors whose books you read with pleasure, see the typewriters they wrote their books on, look at their family photos, witness their memories in the house where they lived?

We have created a very nice list for those who want to… Let’s see…

Orhan Kemal Museum

It is a museum established in Beyoğlu, Istanbul to keep the memory of writer Orhan Kemal alive.

It is possible to come across many items belonging to the author in the museum. Family photographs, private letters, original first editions of his books, theses and articles written about the author, his typewriter, the mask taken from his face when he died, many personal belongings and about seventy photographs are on display.

The museum in a three-storey building was established by Orhan Kemal Culture and Art Centre in 2000.

Address: Akarsu Cad. No: 30 Cihangir (Opposite Firuzaga Mosque)

Sait Faik Abasıyanık Museum

Writer Sait Faik Abasıyanık museum was first opened on 22 August 1959 in Burgazada, Istanbul.

In the museum, you can see his letters, photographs, postcards, high school diploma, identity card, and many items that witnessed his life.

The responsibility of the museum has been transferred to Darüşşafaka Association since 1964.

It is possible to follow the traces of the author’s literary world in the museum, which can be visited free of charge in accordance with the author’s will.

Address: Çayır Sok. No:15 Burgazada

Asiyan Museum

Aşiyan Museum was established in the house where the poet Tevfik Fikret lived between 1906 and 1915. The museum has been in service since 1945.

In addition to the belongings of Tevfik Fikret and his family, the museum also exhibits the belongings of important artists of the Tanzimat Literature and Literature – Cedide period.

Tevfik Fikret and his family’s belongings as well as the belongings of important artists of the Tanzimat Literature and especially of the Edebiyat-ı Cedide period are exhibited.

This museum was opened to visitors in August 1945 under the name of Edebiyat-ı Cedide Museum, and the name of the museum was changed to Aşiyan Museum in 1961 when the grave of the poet Tevfik Fikret in the family cemetery in Eyüp was moved.

The museum consists of the Hall Section, Edebiyat-ı Cedide Section, Abdülhak Hamit Tarhan Section, Study Room, Bedroom, Dining Room, Şair Nigar Section, Kitchen – Laundry, Garden sections.

Address: Bebek, on Aşiyan Slope.

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar Museum

The museum is located in the Regimental Mansion in Gülhane Park.

The museum includes not only Tanpınar but also sections, halls and special items related to Yahya Kemal, Necip Fazıl, Nedim, Orhan Pamuk and Nazım Hikmet.

In addition to being a museum, there are nearly 9000 books in the building, which is also used as a library. You can also use the tables and internet connection in the library during visiting hours.

Address: Gülhane Park, Regiment Pavilion.

Yahya Kemal Museum

The museum of Yahya Kemal Beyatlı, whose poems are dominated by music and rhetoric, is located in Beyazıt. In the museum opened by the Yahya Kemal Institute, you can see the poet’s personal belongings, writing tools, handwritten notes, books, clothes, souvenir pictures.

The museum also includes the Yahya Kemal Institute. Studies on the author are carried out in the institute.

Address: Yeni Çeriler Cad. No: 43 Beyazıt

Kemal Tahir Museum House

The apartment where Kemal Tahir spent the last 10 years of his life and where he died has been turned into a museum by the foundation established by the author’s wife Semiha Tahir. The house is located in Şaşkınbakkal, Kadıköy.

There is a very large library with 9 thousand books and manuscripts in the museum. You can also see photographs and personal belongings of the author in the house.

Entrance to the museum is free of charge.

Address: Suadiye Neighbourhood, Alan Street, Kadıköy

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