Miniaturk is a fantastic open air museum that showcases the miniature form of the greatest landmarks and architectural monuments of Turkey. Also called as the Miniature Turkey Museum, it is an ideal place for the ones who want to have an exciting tour of Turkey. It’s built on an area of 60,000 square meters on the far end northern coast of Golden Horn. The museum also houses the Istanbul Crystal Museum and Panorama Victory Museum.
What to See at Miniaturk
You’ll see the miniature form of Turkey’s popular landmarks and monuments, in the 1/25 of their real sizes.
There are 135 models at Miniaturk that include:
- 62 models from Istanbul
- 60 models from Anatolia
- 13 models from the Ottoman territory outside of Turkey
You’ll find all the models so original that you’ll feel yourself like Gulliver and traveling all around Turkey on foot. :)
Istanbul Crystal Museum
Also called as Crystal Istanbul, it is a 3D museum of combining the crystal glass, light and high-tech laser technology. Located at the site of Miniaturk.
You’ll see the below 16 valuable historical works of Istanbul in a crystal glass:
Galata Tower, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Ciragan Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, Maiden’s Tower, Fatih Mosque, Haydarpasa Train Station, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Building, Istanbul University, St. Antoine Church, Eyup Sultan Mosque, Rumeli Fortress, Suleymaniye Mosque and July 15 Martyrs Bridge
Panorama Victory Museum
The museum houses you’ll witness the history of Turkey, the National Struggle among the soldiers, daily life during the War times, with sound and light effects. Located at the site of Miniaturk.
There is also Exhibition of the Ataturk Photographs at the museum.
Facilities in Miniaturk include.
- Restaurant, cafe
- Gift shop
- Exhibition hall
- Outdoor show area including children’s playground, ferryboat, remote controlled boat, train, tale tree, mini stadium, chess hall and labyrinth area
- Turkey and Istanbul simulation helicopter tour
- Parking area for 300 cars
You can find Miniaturk Audio Guide Mobile Application service available on Apple Store and Google Play.
You can also find audio guide on the actual locations of the models in 9 languages including Turkish, English, French, German, Russian, Arabic, Persian, Japanese and Spanish.
Museum’s own WiFi is available on the route.
Visiting Hours & Admissions
Open every day between 09:00 and 19:00. No closed day including public holidays.
Cash TL or credit card (no foreign currencies)
How to Get to Miniaturk
You’ll find the Miniaturk on the far end northern coast of the Golden Horn coast, in the Sutluce neighborhood of Beyoglu district. Across the Istanbul Dolphinarium on the opposite shore. See the location map.
The most practical way to get to Miniaturk is via Municipal Public Bus. Lines include;
- Line 47, 47Ç, 47E and 47N from Eminonu
- Line 54 HŞ from Mecidiyekoy and Sisli
- Line 36 T from Taksim
- Line 41 ST from Topkapi
- Line TB 1 from Sultanahmet and Dolmabahce
Check Municipal public bus routes and timetables from iett.istanbul (just type the location on the search bar and it will show the bus lines with routes and stops)
You can take Public Ferry Golden Horn line operating between Uskudar-Eyup and hop off at Sutluce pier. (Uskudar, Karakoy, Kasimpasa, Fener, Balat, Haskoy, Ayvansaray, Sutluce and Eyup stops)
* Check Public ferry lines routes and timetables from en.sehirhatlari.istanbul
Most tourists find public buses not comfortable, if you feel so, than you should take a cab (check out Istanbul Taxi Guide) as Miniaturk is some far away from city’s popular tourist zones.
Big Bus Istanbul
Note that Miniaturk is on the Golden Horn Blue route of the hop on hop off double decker Big Bus sightseeing tour of Istanbul. You can also use it. More convenient way to reach Miniaturk as you can take the next bus free for return (buses arrive every 60 mins), or visit nearby attractions on the route.
Address: Örnektepe, İmrahor Cd. No:7 D:1, 34445, Sütlüce, Beyoğlu, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 222 28 82