7 Best Istanbul Museums for Kids + Advice

Find out the best family-friendly museums in Istanbul to experience and enjoy with your kids with our useful guide. Majority of the museums in the city offer fun for kids, as well as variety of interactive activities which are mostly free to enter.

Best Istanbul Museums for Kids

Note that majority of the Istanbul museums open six days a week, and majority of them are closed on Mondays.

Please also check our Istanbul Attractions Opening Times & Admissions page to avoid yourself in front of a closed door, and quickly see the visiting hours and ticket prices list of the popular museums on one page.


You can pick one or all of the below top family-friendly museums of our choice in Istanbul.

1. Miniaturk (Miniature Turkey Museum)

Location: Sutluce, Golden Horn

7 Best Istanbul Museums for Kids + Advice

A fantastic open air museum that showcases the miniature form of the greatest landmarks and architectural monuments of Turkey. You’ll see the miniature form of Turkey’s popular landmarks and monuments, in the 1/25 of their real sizes. The museum also houses the Istanbul Crystal Museum and Panorama Victory Museum.


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2. Private Rahmi M. Koc Transport Museum 

Location: Haskoy, Golden Horn

7 Best Istanbul Museums for Kids + Advice

Housed in a former anchor foundry, a science and technology museum, a trove of machines, vintage cars, trains and submarines.

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3. Madame Tussauds Istanbul Wax Museum

Location: Taksim

7 Best Istanbul Museums for Kids + Advice


A museum chain for life-size wax replicas of famous celebrities and historic icons as well as historical and cultural heroes from the history…

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4. Naval Museum

Location: Besiktas

7 Best Istanbul Museums for Kids + Advice

A collection of more than 20,000 pieces related with the Turkish Maritime history. The ornamented Ottoman Sultans’ boats take the most interest.


5. Istanbul Toy Museum

Location: Goztepe (Asian side)

7 Best Istanbul Museums for Kids + Advice

Toys are gathered from the antiques shops and auctions from more than 40 countries for 20 years. Closed on Mondays. Address: Omerpasa Zeki Zeren Str. No:17, Goztepe, Kadikoy. Tel: +90 216 359 45 50 – 51


6. Istanbul Archaeology Museums

Location: Sultanahmet

7 Best Istanbul Museums for Kids + Advice

Consists of three museums (museum of Archaeology, the ancient Orient and the Tiled Pavillion) on one site, one of the richest archaeology museums in the world, an immense collection go back to the oldest civilizations and realize how far humans came, and see the collection of prehistoric, Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman antiquities, sculptures and sarcophagi.

We recommend the below ticket options for the great value for money.

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7. Topkapi Palace Museum

Location: Sultanahmet

7 Best Istanbul Museums for Kids + Advice

One of world’s richest museums and greatest architectural works, the former residence of the Ottoman emperors, three courtyards, terraces with astonishing views, as well as precious collections, one of the top tourist attractions.

We recommend the below ticket options for the great value for money. Our website visitors will get 5% extra discount.

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