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Museum of Innocence, Istanbul

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Get transported inside a love story and learn about everyday city life in the 1970s at Museum of Innocence, inspired by the book of the same name by Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk. Published in 2008, the novel takes place in Istanbul between 1975 and 1984 and tells the love story between a prosperous businessman and his poorer distant relative. The museum, named European Museum of the Year in 2014, is filled with items that could have been in an old Istanbul apartment or flea market, but gain importance because they are used in the book as parts of the love story between the two characters. The items reflect the changing culture of the city in the 1970s and convey the everyday life of people during that time. If you haven't read the book before your visit, take advantage of the audio guide offered in the museum to grasp the significance of these everyday items. Note that the museum has many stairs and may be difficult to access for those with mobility issues. Museum of Innocence is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , world travel planner Edition.
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  • Orhan Pamuk does write well. Probably an understatement if he has won a noble prize for literature with an earlier book. He recreates a whole book's story around the museum (or should it be vice...  more »
  • It was so different from all the museums where I have been to! It is complicated to tell my feelings at that time, I could imagine all the events happened to me before! The part of home pieces of...  more »
  • A unique museum in a trendy suburb of Istanbul, accompanying the book of the same name. You do not need to have read the book, but it does help. Well worth a visit if you are interested in the minutiae of everyday life in ‘the worlds capital’.
  • Amazing museum. Makes the characters come truly alive. If you haven't read the book, you will want to read it after. Only drawback is the entry fee: 40 Lira is the highest price I paid in any of Istanbul's museums. Doesn't this go against Pamuk's idea of making museums affordable to anyone?

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