I love love the concept of this museum! To me it revolutionizes the traditional concept of a museum and puts someone's personal life and collection at public display. Following the awesome book of Orhan Pamuk, this house has been turned into a museum upon the request of its owner Kemal. He's quite a unique character. I advise you to read the book before you take a trip to this museum. You will see how a real life story has been turned into a book, then into a museum. I was able to connect to every piece of this museum which gathers many antique collections, souvenirs and quirky things Kemal used to collect out of sheer love. This is personal history coming to life! Sheer Joy!
It's totally fake, and yet so immersive that it feels anything but. If you walk out of this museum without feeling something for Kemal and Fusun, you're a heartless unfeeling robot. Read the book first, 'The Museum of Innocence' by Orhan Pamuk, and then take it with you as it will get you a free ticket into the exhibitions. It starts with hundreds of cigarettes pinned to a wall like so many withered butterflys, and only gets more interesting and intriguing from there.
Speaking about the naive and the adventurous “search of lost time”, it is impossible to not to mention Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence. This is the companion to Pamuk’s novel which translates the book into a tangible labyrinth of nostalgia, a time tunnel opening to the life in Istanbul in the second half of the 20th century.
This is an amazing museum was created by celebrated Turkish author Orham Pamuk and is a companion piece, if you will, to the book of the same name. It's based on a museum described in the book and he curated it as he wrote the book, finding objects then working them into the story or, in some cases, finding they didn't fit the story and then getting rid of them for the real-world museum. Obviously reading the book before you visit is the richest way to experience it, but I'd only read an excerpt and found this a thought-provoking, amazing experience. A must-see in Istanbul and off the beaten track.
I didn't even read the book by Orhan Pamuk, but the museum was really impressing and also inspiring.