?stanbul Toy Museum

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The ?stanbul Toy Museum (Template:Lang-tr) is a toy museum located in the Göztepe neighbourhood of Kad?köy district of ?stanbul, Turkey.

The museum was founded by the Turkish poet and novelist, Sunay Ak?n, in 2005. The museum opened on April 23, a national holiday in Turkey, National Sovereignty and Children's Day. Currently, the museum has on display 4,000 toys and miniatures, from Turkey and abroad; many of the exhibits are antiques, some of which date back nearly 200 years. The first floor of the museum is actually the site of the Eyüp Toy Shop, a famous toy shop that had closed down in the 1950s.

Ak?n has indicated that the word "museum" originates etymologically from the name for the daughters of Zeus, the "muses"; on this basis, he suggests that the aim of the museum is to furnish a visitor with inspiration.[1]

In 2012, the museum was nominated and shortlisted for the annual European Museum Academy Children’S Museum Award (see report below).

Admission and location

Museum hours

The museum is open on

  • weekdays 9:30-18:00
  • weekends 9:30-19:00

It is closed on Mondays.


Ömerpa?a Caddesi, Dr. Zeki Zeren Sokak 17

(The museum is accessible by train and several buses)

Phone: 0(216) 359 4550 (2 lines)


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