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Being part of Vehbi Koc Foundation, the Sadberk Hanim Museum is Turkey’s first a private museum that exhibits the private collection of Sadberk Koc, the wife of Vehbi Koc, a famous Turkish businessman. Hanim means Lady in Turkish. The museum was opened in 1980 for the memory of lady Sadberk and housed in the Azaryan Mansion, a lovely building located by the Bosphorus shore in Sariyer district.
The museum lies on two separate parts and showcases exhibitions of more than 20,000 pieces artifacts of Turkish and Islamic works and archaeological relics belonging to different eras in time.
What to See
The museum consists of two separate buildings, the Archaeological section (Sevgi Gönül Wing) and the Turkish-Islamic Art section (Azaryan Mansion).
Here, you’ll see great archaeological artifacts of civilizations in Anatolia from 6000 BC to the end of Byzantine Period. Artifacts include;
- Vessels made of terracotta or quarry,
- Figurines, ritual symbols, glass artifacts,
- Coins, ornaments, tablets,
- Tomb steles and sculptures.
Prehistoric, Protohistoric, Neolithic, Mycenaean, Geometric, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine
Turkish-Islamic Art section
Here, you’ll see exhibitions of the Turkish-Islamic Art that include;
- Metal, ceramic and glass artifacts from the Seljuk, Ayyubid, Mamluk, Timurid and Safavid periods,
- Iznik ceramic collection (one of the leading collections in the world)
- Chinese porcelain is collection
- Silver-works with tugra and tombak objects
- Ottoman weaving, embroidery,
- Ottoman women’s costumes,
- Calligraphic artifacts from the Ottoman period.
There are also temporary exhibitions and events held at the Sadberk Hanim Museum. See the current exhibitions from sadberkhanimmuzesi.org.tr/en/
The Library of the museum hosts a collection of 11,389 printed and 668 manuscript books. The library is available for study by graduate students and academics by taking appointment.
You can purchase; Purse, Bag, Silk Scarf, Mug, Soap Sachet and Make Up Bag, Ceramic Objects, Umbrella and Jewelry
Visiting Hours & Admissions
Open every day except Wednesdays between 10:00 – 17:00
Closed on Wednesdays.
Museum is closed on the first day of religious holidays (Ramadan and Sacrifice feast), as well as January 1st. See Turkey’s public holidays
How to Get to Sadberk Hanim Museum
You’ll find the Sadberk Hanim Museum just on the Bosphorus shore in the Sariyer district. See the location map.
The most practical way to get to Sadberk Hanim Museum is via Municipal Public Bus. operating through the Bosphorus shores through Sariyer and Rumelikavagi. Hop off at the Beyazpark bus stop. Some of the lines include;
- Line 54TE, 47, 47Ç, 47E, 47K and 47N from Eminonu
- Line 25G and 40 from Taksim
- Line 25E from Kabatas (accessible by Bagcilar-Kabatas tram T1 line)
- Line 40B from Besiktas
- Line 25, 25A and 25Y from Haciosman Metro (accessible by Yenikapi-Taksim-Haciosman M2 Metro line)
* 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 Bosphorus line operating between Eminonu-Rumeli Kavagi and hop off at Sariyer pier. (Eminonu, Besiktas, Arnavutkoy, Bebek, Emirgan, Istinye, Buyukdere, Sariyer, Rumeli Kavagi stops)
Most tourists find public buses not comfortable, if you feel so, than you should take a cab (check out Istanbul Taxi Guide) as Sadberk Hanim Museum is very far away from city’s popular tourist zones. And it will be expensive for sure.
Address: Piyasa Caddesi No:25-29, Buyukdere, Sariyer, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 242 38 13 – 14
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