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If you’re looking for a break from historical or archaeological sites during your trip to Istanbul, the Rahmi M. Koç Museum is a great option. Located in Old Istanbul, it offers a unique combination of entertainment and education. It’s also an excellent choice for families with curious kids, as it boasts a vast collection of over 14,000 artifacts as well as training sessions and interactive workshops.

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The DC-3, the most iconic and beloved airliner in history, took its inaugural flight in 1935. It became a cornerstone of global civil aviation during the 1940s and 1950s. This particular one on display was built in 1942 as a military C-47 Skytrain for the US Army Air Force, it was later modified to DC-3 specifications.

Rahmi M. Koç Museum is Turkey’s sole industrial museum and a dynamic cultural hub.

Occupying 27,000 square meters by the Golden Horn, the Rahmi M. Koç Museum is Turkey‘s sole industrial museum and a dynamic cultural hub. Its historic location itself exudes industrial charm, showcasing architecture steeped in history. The museum’s collection is nothing short of astonishing, ranging from gramophone needles to full-sized ships and aircraft.

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The classic car collection at Rahmi M. Koç Museum is priceless.
Rahmi M. Koç Museum
The museum boasts one of Turkey’s most extensive collections of automotive vehicles.

Divided into two sections, the Lengerhane Building and the Hasköy Dockyard, this museum is a brainchild of Rahmi M. Koç, a distinguished Turkish industrialist and the Koç industrial group’s head. It’s a private, non-profit institution dedicated to preserving and displaying industrial and engineering objects from across the globe and centuries. Established in 1994, it has evolved into a complex housing a remarkable array of artifacts.

Inspired by iconic museums worldwide, Rahmi M. Koç Museum established this cultural gem in 1991, a global beacon of industrial heritage.

Rahmi M. Koç Museum

Discover an extensive collection of classic cars, ships, and aircraft – the museum is a living legacy of industrial heritage.

Rahmi M. Koç Museum
This private industrial museum in Istanbul is dedicated to the history of transport, industry, and communications.

The Rahmi M. Koç Museum is on a mission to document, research, and support studies on world industrial history. A significant portion of its rich collection stems from Rahmi M. Koç’s assortment. The museum’s innovative presentation of industry, communication, and transportation history is nothing short of breathtaking. It takes visitors on an engaging journey through time, offering insights into land transportation, rail transportation, aviation, maritime, machinery, communication, scientific tools, models, toys, and a dynamic history and education section.

From an early Royal Enfield to Penny Farthing, you can find many vintage motorbikes and bicycles on display on the ground floor.

The transportation exhibits are especially enthralling, featuring a pristine collection of classic cars, historic trams to explore, cruises on a restored 1936 steam tug, a chance to step into the cabin of a 1942 Douglas DC-3 Dakota, board a 1944 US naval submarine, or even embark on a short trip on a functional narrow-gauge railway.

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The Salvage Tug Vernicos Irini, an ST (‘small tug’) Class diesel tug, was built in 1944 in Brooklyn, New York, for the US Army. Its mission was to assist the Allied merchant fleet during WWII. Post-war, around 100 surplus tugs, including ST-755, were donated to Greece. Nicolas E. Vernicos Shipping Co. Ltd acquired ST-755, renaming it Vernicos Irini. Serving for over five decades, it was retired in Salonika. In 2002, the tug found a new home at the Rahmi M. Koç Museum after meticulous restoration at RMK Marine in Tuzla.

Step into the past and explore maritime wonders, vintage machines, and interactive exhibits on the shores of Istanbul’s Golden Horn.

Rahmi M. Koç Museum

The interior of the M/V Fenerbahçe Ferry Boat, constructed in 1952, has been serving as a museum ship open to the public since 2009. It also hosts temporary exhibitions and educational events.

Rahmi M. Koç Museum

From Sultan Abdülaziz’s Imperial Railway Coach to the Salvage Tug Vernicos Irini, each exhibit tells a unique tale of history.

The Rahmi M. Koç Museum, a true gem in Istanbul, offers a fascinating journey through time, unveiling the rich tapestry of industrial heritage. It’s a place where history and innovation converge, leaving visitors both informed and inspired.

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Taking inspiration from museums like Deutsches Museum in Munich, Science Museum in London, and the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, Rahmi Koç established this museum in 1991.
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Rahmi M. Koç Museum
A metal workshop at the museum.
Rahmi M. Koç Museum
The Fishing Port display dedicated to the world of fishing in Istanbul.
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A ship’s bridge replica has been constructed using salvaged parts from the British ships Cemil Parman (1938) and John McKay (1922).
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Rahmi M. Koç Museum
The museum also has an extensive vintage toy collection from the early nineteenth century onwards.

The museum’s collection is nothing short of astonishing, ranging from gramophone needles to full-sized ships and aircraft.

Rahmi M. Koç Museum

The museum, with its three branches and a library spread across various provinces, has gained global recognition as a cultural institution preserving some of the world’s most valuable industrial heritage.

Rahmi M. Koç Museum
This exceptional triple-expansion steam engine served as the starboard main engine on the Bosphorus ferry boat Kalender. Built by Hawthorn, Leslie and Co. Ltd. of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1911.
Rahmi M. Koç Museum
Rahmi M. Koç Museum
Rahmi M. Koç Museum
Trams and rail transportation serve as central themes in the museum.
Rahmi M. Koç Museum
Sultan Abdülaziz’s personal Imperial Railway Coach was used during his historic visits to European royal dignitaries, such as Napoleon III, Queen Victoria, and the kings of Belgium, Prussia, and the Austro- Hungarian Emperor. Abdülaziz (reigned 1861-1876) was the only Ottoman Sultan to travel to Europe.
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Manufactured in Birmingham, England, the railway coach was presented as a gift to the Sultan in 1866 by the British Smyrna Cassaba Railway Co.

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