Adalar Müzesi / Museum of the Princes' Islands, Buyukada

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Museum of the Princes' Islands is a museum on Büyükada of Princes' Islands in İstanbul Province, Turkey dedicated to the past of the Princes' Islands.
The museum is situated in the eastern side of Büyükada, the biggest island of the archipelago, off the Anatolian side of İstanbul in theSea of Marmara at.
The museum was established by Adalar Municipality, Adalar District Governorship and a local foundation in the scope of European Capital of Culture project, and was opened on September 10,2 2010. The museum is housed in 800m2 closed area and 1300m2 open space.
In the entrance hall, there are aerial photographs and the basic information of Adalar. Next, there are items on display about the biological life around the islands. The fossil of an almost 400 million years old fish species Dunkleosteus, which was discovered by English geologist W. S. Swan in the 1860s inside sandstone formation in the southwest of Büyükada, is an important example of this collection. Some of the topics are; a geology panel, birds of the islands, notes about the islands from the ancient age authors, first life forms in the Islands, early island dwellers. Next comes later eras such as "From detention colony to resort area", "Adalar as a suberb of İstanbul", "Architecture of Adalar", "Demographics and Migration", "Transportation", "Rowing and water sports", "Food culture of Adalar", "Musicians from Adalar", "Adalar re-explored".
The museum has a library with a database about the history of Adalar, maps, Ottoman archives, celebrity from Adalar etc. There are also workshops and children quarters. According to museum page, the number of written documents is 20,000 and the photographs 6,000. A section was added for the popular football player from Büyükada, Lefter Küçükandonyadis (1924–2012), on 24 June 2012, just a few months after his death.
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  • First: The museum is a little far off, and a visit is worthwile mostly for those who are on the island for longer than just one afternoon. This being said, I was quite surprised by the modern... 
    First: The museum is a little far off, and a visit is worthwile mostly for those who are on the island for longer than just one afternoon. This being said, I was quite surprised by the modern...  more »
  • If you are on a short half day trip to this island, this place can eat up at least 1 hr of your time which is not wise keeping in mind the beauty and nature island itself offers. But if you are... 
    If you are on a short half day trip to this island, this place can eat up at least 1 hr of your time which is not wise keeping in mind the beauty and nature island itself offers. But if you are...  more »
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  • The museum was acceptable, it very small one but had plenty interesting stuff to see, like the fish head. On the walls you find information about the history of this place ( writing in English and Turkish) also you have some clips on tv about the finding of some items.
  • A great place to visit, In 2009 I visited this island .

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