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The Sakip Sabanci Museum is a private fine arts museum that exhibits excellent collections from the Ottomans era and presents a museological environment to its visitors. The museum was opened in 2002 for the memory of the famous Turkish Businessman Sakip Sabanci (1933-2004), and housed in a beautiful white mansion located by the Bosphorus shore in Emirgan district.
The museum showcases exhibitions of Ottoman Calligraphic Art, religious and state documents, paintings of the Ottoman era, archaeological and stone works, collection of furniture and decorative arts.
What to See
The white mansion is also called Atli Kosk (the Mansion with the Horse) and on the exterior here you’ll see a beautiful garden overlooking Boshorus and two exciting horse statues.
Houses beautiful old fountains and several marble pieces from the Roman and Byzantium periods.
One of the horse sculptures is located by the gate and is a work of the French sculptor dating back to 1864.
Second horse sculpture is located at the main entrance to the gardens and it is the cast of one of the four bronze horses taken from Sultanahmet Square, when it was looted by Crusaders in 1204 and removed to the Basilica of San Marco in Venice. It is a replica of the sculpture that Hacı Ömer Sabancı admired near Milan.
You’ll see great collections inside the museum that include:
- The Arts of the Book and Calligraphy (works by famous calligraphers, Korans and illuminated manuscripts)
- Paintings Collection (early Turkish painting, the works of foreign artists from the later years of the Ottomans)
- Collection of Furniture and Decorative Arts
- Abidin Dino Archive (famous Turkish artist, consists of drawings, draft texts, studies for sculptures)
- Emirgan Archive (consists of old photographs of Emirgan)
The Koran in miniature, that was written in 1635 to a tiny leather-bound and measuring 3,5×2,2 cm. is one of the most valuable exhibits of the museum.
There are also temporary exhibitions and events held at the Sakip Sabanci Museum. See the current exhibitions from sakipsabancimuzesi.org/en/exhibitions
Museum Gift Shop
You can purchase; exhibition catalogues, art books, jewelry, stationery, mugs and fun toys
Visiting Hours & Admissions
Open every day except Mondays between 12:00-20:00
Ticket counters close 30 minutes before the museum closing time.
Closed on Mondays.
Adult: 40 TL
How to Get to Sakip Sabanci Museum
You’ll find the Sakip Sabanci Museum just on the Bosphorus shore in the Emirgan district. See the location map.
The most practical way to get to Sakip Sabanci Museum is via Municipal Public Bus. operating through the Bosphorus shores through Emirgan and Sariyer. Hop off at the Cinaralti bus stop. Some of the lines include;
- Line 40, 40T and 42T from Taksim
- Line 22, 22RE and 25E from Kabatas (accessible by Bagcilar-Kabatas tram T1 line)
- Line 40B from Besiktas
- Line EL2 (Emirgân – 4. Levent Metro Ring (Subway))
- Line 59RH (Rumeli Hisarüstü – İstinye/Hacıosman Metro Station) (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 Emirgan pier. (Eminonu, Besiktas, Arnavutkoy, Bebek, Emirgan, Istinye, Buyukdere, Sariyer, Rumeli Kavagi stops)
Seabus from Besiktas and Kadikoy to Istinye.
* Check Public ferry lines routes and timetables from en.sehirhatlari.istanbul
Hop On & Hop Off Bosphorus Tour
You can take the Dentur Avrasya boats departing from Kabatas and following the route Besiktas, Emirgan, Kucuksu Pavilion, Beylerbeyi Palace respectively and returning back to Kabatas, the starting point. You can join the tour by taking one way tickets (12,5 TL pp sold only in Emirgan, Beylerbeyi and Kucuksu docks) from the docks.
* Check timetables from denturavrasya.com
Address: Sakıp Sabancı Caddesi, 42 Emirgan, Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 277 22 00
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