Rahmi M. Koç Museum, which has a unique view on the shores of the Golden Horn, intertwined with the historical delights of Istanbul, has been the only address that can offer culture and entertainment in the middle for 28 years. The museum’s collection of more than 14 thousand objects reflects the developments in the history of industry, communication and transportation. If you are ready to take a time travel in the middle of all the details of history, from the Fenerbahçe Ferry to the nostalgic train type, from airplanes to classic cars, let’s take a closer look at what we have chosen for you from the objects you can see in the museum…
Rahmi M. Koç Museum
The Rahmi M. Koç Museum, which appeals to visitors of all ages, is built on an area of approximately 27 thousand square meters. The museum, which expands its collection every year, includes various donations, periodically given artifacts, especially cars, war vehicles, Kadıköy-Moda Tram, the most valuable aircraft of all time. Douglas DC-3 and much more await you.
Classic Car Gallery
The museum’s car collection fascinates those who see it. Many classics defy time, from the Malden Steam Car manufactured in 1898 to Turkey’s domestic car Anadol, from the Ford Model T to the 1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III. It is possible to see a copy of the flying car that Harry and Ron used to catch the school train in the movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. GITT, known for Cem Yılmaz’s line “The car has spoken” in a commercial, is also in this section.
Fenerbahce Ferry and Submarine
Fenerbahçe Ferry, one of the biggest and most attractive objects of the museum, underwent maintenance and repairs last year. Fenerbahce Ferry, one of the symbols of Turkish maritime history and exhibited in the museum since 2009, impresses with its huge chimney and wooden parts. The TC Uluçalireis submarine, built in 1944, accompanies the Fenerbahçe Ferry in all its glory.
Rosalie, the oldest known steamboat in Europe, Clodia traveling from London to Istanbul in a non-motorized boat, the ship’s leading figure of a confused sailor… A wealthy maritime collection greets visitors in the museum’s section at Hasköy Shipyard. One of the precious objects in the open area of the shipyard is the Kismet, the boat on which Sadun Boro traveled the world…
Are you familiar with vehicles that can travel both on land and in water? II. Designed by the German Hans Trippel during World War II in the middle of 1957-58, the Amphicar has a 1147 cc Triumph Herald engine that turns the rear wheels. The two propellers at the back serve as propulsion in the water, while the wheels at the front act as rudders. Two of the Amphicars, of which 3,878 were produced in the middle of 1961-1968, crossed the English Channel in 1962.
Considered the forerunner of modern cinematography, the zoetrope was invented by William Horner in 1834. When viewed from the apertures of the zoetrope, the photographs rotating on the cylinder inside give the impression of moving. The museum’s connection tools bring together many objects that bear witness to history, from Edison telegraphs to telephones, from cameras to the oldest printing presses, in the Mustafa V. Koç/Lengerhane building.
The celestial globe dated 1383, made by Cafer Ibn-i Omer Ibn Devletşah el-Kırmani, is the oldest object in the museum. One of the oldest known celestial spheres, this object contains about 1025 star constellation shapes, with silver dots etched into the center of each.
The nostalgic street, where old shops are revived, also takes you for a stroll in the 19th century. On the street located in the open area of the shipyard, interesting objects are exhibited in the blacksmith, watch repairer, pharmacy, shoemaker, ship equipment and toy shops that have been created again.
The museum also houses many small businesses. Many models such as the 2-2-2 Fire King locomotive built in 1841 and the Steam Tram from 1888 are here. In the middle of small jobs, you can also see thousands of objects such as pharmacy, sewing machine, bicycle, bird cage.
The World Dolls Stand, which tells the story of dolls from ancient times to the present, offers a very special selection from wooden dolls to Anatolian rag dolls, from Asian and African faith dolls to fashion dolls, and even to silk dress festive dolls from the Far East. You have until the end of November to see over 2,200 babies from 80 countries. Don’t miss us!