Sakıp Sabancı Museum is found in the Emirgan district of the city and is a must- see, if you’re in the area. The museum’s Arts of the Book and Calligraphy Collection includes rare and exquisite manuscripts of calligraphic compositions and royal Ottoman documents bearing the imperial cipher (tuğra], all penned by noted calligraphers. The display also features fun interactive pieces, along with a mesmerizing series of videos that show the steps of the bookmaking process. Bibliophiles won’t want to miss this.
The ground floor of the mansion hosts an impressive collection of Western style furniture designed in the Baroque, Rococo, Neo-gothic, Neoclassical, and Empire styles, in addition to the 19th century decorative art works first belonging to the Sabancı family. The diverse painting collection focuses on works created between 1850-1950, in addition to works by Raphael and legendary Ottoman and Turkish artists.
Visitors at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum can use iPads to study rare manuscripts page by page and learn fascinating information about various items throughout the museum. The museum hosts two temporary exhibits, the details of which can be found on their website.
If you have an extra 15 minutes, take a walk around the museum grounds and enjoy the clearly labeled flora and fauna. There’s an observation deck with an incredible view of the Bosphorus and the Fatih Sultan Bridge. The museum also has a highly rated restaurant.
The Sabanci Museum is within walking distance of Emirgan Park and a short bus journey to Rumelihisarı.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00 -18:00
Saturday – Sunday 10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 – 20:00
Adult 15 TL
Group of 10+ 12 TL
Student/Teacher 8 TL
Istanbul Museum Pass 8 TL
Children under 14
Visitors over 60 Free
Free entry on Wednesdays