Yildiz Palace Museum
Address: Barbaros Bulvarı, Serencebey Yokuşu, No.62 Beşiktaş
Phone: (0212) 258 3080
Web Site: www.yildizsarayi.com.tr
Working Hours: Summer Season: 09.00 - 18.00
Winter Season: 09.00 - 16.00
Open 7 days a week
The first pavilion of Yildiz Sarayi Muzesi was built by Sultan Ahmed I, during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificient. At the end of the 18th century, Sultan Selim III built Yildiz Pavilion for his mother, Sultan Mihrishah, and a fountain for his father.
The main construction was started during the reign of Sultan Abdulhamid II, and the pavilion was called Saray-i Humayun (Central Palace). Through this period, buildings for the Sultan's private use, as well as repair and carpenter’s shops, theaters, museums and more were added to the structure.
In 1978 the Pavilion was conveyed to the Ministry of Culture and started to operate as a museum under the name of 'Directorate of the Museum of Yildiz Palace' from 1993 on.
The museum houses objects from the converted carpentry workshop of Sultan Abdulhamid II, exquisite porcelain, vases, gifts sent to the Sultan.