Address: Askeri Müze ve Kültür Sitesi Komutanlığı, Valikonağı Caddesi, Harbiye Şişli
Phone: (0212) 233 2720
Web Site: www.askerimuze.tsk.tr
Working Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 09:00 - 16:30
The Military Museum (Askeri Müze) commemorates the long and storied history of one of Turkey’s most central institutions. Thousands of artifacts of conquest and war fill the museum’s more than twenty rooms. The items span across one thousand years of Turkish and Ottoman military history, from the swords of Suleyman the Magnificent to the “Hall of General Kenan Evren”, the leader of the 1980 military coup.
However, the main attraction is the Mehter Takimi or Janissary Band, advertised as the world’s oldest military musical band. In costume and toting kettledrums, oboes and cymbals, the band plays every afternoon between 3 and 4 pm.