The Naval Museum was first established in 1897, but changed locations several times over the years. It has been in its present location since 1961. This exceptional museum is well worth a visit when you’re in the Beşiktaş district.
The museum features more than 20,000 items including naval weaponry, paintings, ship models, navigational instruments, uniforms, and much more. It even has a segment of the chain used by the Byzantines in the 1653 Conquest of Istanbul. Throughout the museum, incredible gilded mastheads and ship ornamentations are showcased. Information on famous battles and naval captains accompany many of the displays. It also treats its visitors to a spectacular view of the Bosphorus. Detailed audio guides provide fascinating anecdotes attached to many of the objects and boats.
Some of the museums biggest attractions are its caiques (light rowboats). A few were used to escort naval fleets from the Bosphorus. Others were used for transporting royalty as well as commoners between the Asian and European sides of the city. Some of the boats are adorned with symbolic and ferocious figureheads and others with decedent woodwork. As you walk along the chronological lineup of the caiques, it’s apparent that as the Ottoman Empire’s funds dwindled, so did the size and splendor of its boats.
Wednesday – Sunday Summer Weekends Mondays
09:00 – 17:00 10:00 – 18:00 Closed
6 TL Free