Sakip Sabanci (1933-2004) was one of the richest Turkish businessman. However, he was also a man of heart. He was generous, lover of art, which is why the richness of his collection of art – including paintings, sculptures, calligraphy, books – is now open to visitors in his former home under the name of Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul.
“I am irritated when people consider me only as a rich man; I am happy with my social personality and my generosity”
This place is definitely worth a visit, especially because two floors are devoted to temporary exhibitions. It also gives the opportunity to visit the lounges of his former home where is exposed his history and that of his family. There is also a chronology of his life in video, pictures, as well as a collection of priceless art, hangings, Qurans …
This house overlooks a wooded garden rich in sculptures. In a small corner, an artistic workshop opens its doors for free to children, for which you must reserve your place on the internet. Depending on the age and number of participants, a workshop will be proposed.
How to get to the Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul?
Adress: Emirgan Mh., Sakıp Sabancı Cd No: 42, 34467 Istanbul
Phone: (0212) 277 2200
From Beşiktaş pier take bus No. 25 E: a seaside stroll along the Bosphorus of approximately 15 minutes begins.
You will pass in front of districts like Ortaköy, Bebek… which will make you want to return there to take a break.
The opening hours of the Sakıp Sabancı Istanbul Museum:
Open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
At the price of 30 TL full rate / 20 TL reduced rate
Closed on mondays
Wednesdays free entry for all from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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