Last Updated on January 10, 2021
Being part of the Rahmi M. Koç Museology and Culture Foundation, the Rahmi M. Koc Museum is a private non-profit institution, dedicated to the history of transport, industry and communications. The museum is housed in a former anchor foundry, and covers an area of 27,000 square meters, on the northern coast of Golden Horn.
Being trove of machines and other eccentric exhibits, the museum lies on three separate parts and showcases exhibitions of vintage cars, trains and submarines.
What to See
This is a very unique and fantastic museum that you’ll find yourself like in the time machine witnessing the development of transport, industry and communications. Lots to see such as submarine, ferry boat, planes, impressive floating sheer-legs, railroad cars, locomotive and tram models and enjoy for sure.
The museum consists of three main parts that include; the historical Lengerhane Building, the historic Haskoy Dockyard and the Open-air Display Area. What you’ll see at the museum include:
- Ataturk (founder of Turkish Republic) Collection (objects and goods)
- Scientific Instruments (various measurement and observatory instruments)
- Rail Transportation (railroad cars, locomotive and tram models)
- Maritime (wide collection of maritime objects, models, caiques, canoes, boats and yachts, outboard motors and Amphicar)
- Fenerbahce Ferry Boat (from 1953)
- Aviation (on the Open Air Display Area; Wright Brothers’ Glider Model, Douglas DC-3, and bomber F104 S Starfighter)
- Communication Instruments (telegraphs, telephones, phonographs, gramophones, cameras, and television sets)
- Road Transportation (19th century horse carriages, hansom cabs, strollers, bicycles, motorcycles, agricultural vehicles, classic automobiles, automobile models, fire engines, and steam cars)
- Engineering (steam and diesel engines)
- Models and Toys (18th century handcrafted models and, miniature objects and toys)
- Living History (Bazaar, Fishing Port, Rowboat Workshop, Motor Repair Shop, Carpenter’s Workshop and Lathes, Olive Oil Factory, Film Set, Ships’ Bridge)
Cafes & Restaurants
When visiting the museum, you can take a break at museum’s cafes and restaurants. (cafes & snackbar: Weekdays 10:00 – 17:00, Weekend 10:00 – 18:00, Closed on Mondays)
- Nostalgic Coca-Cola Truck Snackbar (set on a 1934 model Dodge truck)
- Fenerbahce Ferry Cafe (set recently restored Ferry and its grandeur)
- Demlik Cafe (located the entrance of the antique automobiles gallery)
- Nelson Pub (designed in English style and decorated with antique objects (Weekdays 18:00 – 01:30, closed on Mondays, Tel: +90 212 369 66 16))
- Halat Restaurant (set on the shores of Golden Horn, a uniqe dining experience (Weekdays 10:00 – 22:00, closed on Mondays, Tel: +90 212 369 66 16))
Come late in the afternoon on a Saturday or Sunday, and then when the Museum closes at 7 o’clock, drop into Nelson Pub for a drink, and than take your dinner on the shores of the Golden Horn at Halat Restaurant.
Visiting Hours & Admissions
Open every day except Mondays between 09:30-17:00 (from 01 October to 31 March), 09:30-19:00 (from 01 April to 30 September)
Closed on Mondays.
Museum is closed on the day before and first day of religious holidays (Ramadan and Sacrifice feast), as well as December 31st and January 1st. See Turkey’s public holidays
Museum Entrance Fee
Adult 28 TL, Student 12 TL
Submarine Visit: Adult 14 TL, Student 10 TL
Boat Tours: Adult 14 TL, Student 10 TL
Please double check hours and admissions from rmk-museum.org.tr
How to Get to Rahmi Koc Museum
You’ll find the Rahmi Koc Transport Museum on the northern coast of Golden Horn, in the Haskoy neighborhood of Beyoglu district. Across the famous Balat neighborhood on the opposite shore. See the location map.
The most practical way to get to Rahmi M. Koc Museum is via Municipal Public Bus. Hop off at the Kirmizi Minare bus stop. Lines include;
- Line 54TE, 47, 47Ç, 47E, 47K and 47N from Eminonu
- Line 54HT, 36T and 38T from Taksim
* 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 also take the midi buses operating between Alibeykoy-Sisli. (not recommended)
You can take Public Ferry Golden Horn line operating between Uskudar-Eyup and hop off at Haskoy pier. (Uskudar, Karakoy, Kasimpasa, Fener, Balat, Haskoy, Ayvansaray, Sutluce and Eyup stops)
Most tourists find public buses not comfortable, if you feel so, than you should take a cab (check out Istanbul Taxi Guide) as Rahmi M. Koc Museum is some far away from city’s popular tourist zones.
Big Bus Istanbul
Note that Rahmi M. Koc Museum 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 the museum as you can take the next bus free for return (buses arrive every 60 mins), or visit nearby attractions on the route.
Address: Hasköy Cad. No: 5, Hasköy, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 369 66 00