Sadberk Hanim Museum
Address: Büyükdere Caddesi No. 27-29 Sarıyer
Phone: (0212) 242 3813
Web Site: www.sadberkhanimmuzesi.org.tr
Working Hours: Every day: 10:00-17:00
Closed on Wednesday
Founded in 1980 by the Koc family (who originally owned the building as a family home), the Sadberk Hanim Museum (Sadberk Hanım Müzesi) is the first private museum in Turkey. Initially housed in a single 19th-century yali (Turkish-style waterfront mansion), it was later expanded and now includes the more modern yali next door as well.
The museum showcases over 18,000 pieces including a rich collection of Anatolian art, antiques, and relics dating from 6000 BC, archaeological remains ranging from the Neolithic to the Byzantine eras, Islamic art from the Ottoman era, and rare collections of ceramics, silks, and other artworks from Central and East Asia.
Often overlooked by tourists, the Sadberk Hanim Museum is worth a visit despite its non-central location. The museum is constantly being updated by family purchases from auctions around the world.
Particular items of note include its collections of 16th century Iznik pottery, Beykoz glassware, Phrygian bowls, Roman lamps, and cuneiform tablets.
The museum features a tea garden in the shady backyard where you can finish your visit with a cup of tea.
The museum offers activities in math for students on Tuesdays.
School groups are accepted.