Harbiye district name, the last period of the Ottoman Empire Military Academy Military service buildings of the museum is located was used as the Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of our republic has graduated from this school. Janissary Band of the world's oldest military, domestic and abroad contribute to the promotion of our country with his concerts. The museum is open every day between the hours of 15:00 to 16:00 in case of two sessions of "Janissary Band" concerts can be monitored.
The Harbiye (military) museum is one of the least visited but most interesting museums in Istanbul. When I was teaching English in Turkey one of my students brought me to this museum to see the Mehter concert. In a large auditorium we got to witness a full performance of an Ottoman military band. The Mehter were so famous in their day that they inspired Mozart to write Abduction from the Seraglio.
Far away from the Touristy area of Sultanahmet, the military museum is a huge building with tools/armor/ guns dating back to the Hun period (~500B.C.). Located in Sisli area, it gives you a feel of how the rest of Istanbul lives their daily lives. Very well put together museum as all of the rooms are put together based on Tribe, Time Period and Type of military gear. There are a lot of interactive maps to show how tribes moved and changed, as well as the growth of the ottoman empire. Also at 3pm everyday they have a free performance of a traditional Ottoman military marching band. The museum is Open everyday from 10 to 5pm and entrance is up to 10TL
For Ottoman History enthusiasts