The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews

The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews

The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews
4.5
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews has moved to Sıshane adjoining Neve Shalom Synagogue.Museum has three diffrent sections that illustrate Turkish Jewish life,history,religion and culture.
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Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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  • Şişhane • 4 min walk
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PelleasPhiladelphia
Philadelphia, PA1,018 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Solo
This museum is both worth the visit as well as being a bit sad.
It’s a very small museum right near the tower of Galata and takes about an hour to see. Small exhibits talking about the history of Turkish Jews and some synagogue artifacts. It is connected to a small synagogue which has had to face multiple bombings in the last 10-20 years.
Besides being small and run down, the museum feels incomplete and affected by propaganda. It feels ok up until WWII and then becomes suspect. The population of Jews in Turkey fell from over 100k in the 1920s until just over 1k now but the museum does not address this. No talk of antisemitism in Turkey, fear of a growing conservative religious state, the role of turkey’s neutrality in the war. In fact, the biggest display from that time period were Turkish heroes who helped save Jews from the holocaust. Not the full story.
The adjoining synagogue is small and pretty and helps you feel a connection to the small remaining Jewish community in Istanbul.
Come for a visit to learn, but know you aren’t getting the full picture.
Written 8 July 2024
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Jan K
Prague, Czech Republic5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Calm relief from busy streets. It is small museum, comfortable and cozy. (Don't forget your passport, as there is high security, at least, in these days. Sadly.)
Written 25 December 2023
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Melissa G
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I learned a lot about Jewish people in Turkey. Unlike the most recent prior review, the technology was all functioning well at my visit. I especially liked the audio experiences of song and listening to Ladino
Written 15 May 2023
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Barbara D
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Today's entry price is 80 lira, more than twice the price of some museums in the city. This is only revealed to you at the ticket desk and is not generally published. You are led to believe that everything is working but on 16.02.2022, it was clear there had been no technical maintenance for a long time. I had to return to the front desk twice to ask for assistance in use of the touch screens. The touchscreen on the first floor relating to early movement of Jewish communities was working but translation between Turkish and English was not complete. The recent history touchscreen there was not working properly. There was no sound and only visuals for 'Nazi Germany to our Universities' and 'Jewish life in Anatolia'. 'Samples of Ladino/Judeo-Espagnol' were intermittently audible but to the whole museum population as the earphones had not be replaced. Similarly, 'Turkish-Sephardi religious music' and recordings for the Maftirim book were only playable to the whole room - no earphones. Upstairs, on the second floor, the 'Turkish Sephardi kitchen' touchscreen was completely out of action.

The staff are clearly divided about their laissez-faire policy because when I had asked for help a second time and pointed out the consequently unjustifiable high charge, the lady who had been sent to assist became embroiled in a huge argument with the woman on the front desk.

The ethnographic area was the most impressive with some solid examples of synagogue related objects, an account of the traditional Jewish affiancing track and beautiful samples of trousseau and dowry items as well as last century wedding invites. This area , of course, did not rely on technological apparatus.

Do not visit this museum and do not pay the inflated entrance fee until the museum technology has been attended to. The nearby Mevlana Muzesi is much better value and has a pleasant vibe.
Written 17 February 2022
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Fawzi Haffar
Manchester, UK308 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
I visited this museum after seeing a sign nearby and I wanted to know more about they Jewish community and Istanbul have they started the facts surrounding that are rival in the last few hundred years, and lately there immigration from Turkey to the rest of the world.
there were quite a lot of factual information about the history of the community in Istanbul and the rest of Turkey and the integration of the community within the Turkish and Islamic culture in this country.
there was a wedding going on next door at the synagogue, and I was invited by the supervisor to attend which I accept it and so for the first time how weddings are conducted in the Jewish religion.
82 floors of the museum are full of information on historical figures on facts. the entrance is reasonable, you will have to show your passport or your identity card, which they will keep on till you leave the premises, this is naturally for security reasons under the security of the building is going to high fir facts known to most of us
I would recommend visit to avoid the ignorance that is there about the Jewish community in turkey and in general about the Jewish religion
Written 23 December 2019
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B H D
London, UK101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Small but comprehensive museum, fee is 30TL per person, bring your passport, high security entrance due to 2 terrorist attacks in '80's and 2003 in adjacent synagogue. All is clearly explained in Turkish and English, we spent 1 1/2 hours inside. The Neve Shalom synagogue is right next to it and can be visited at the same time. The museum is open every day (not on Saturday) and situated a couple of minutes walk from the Galata tower.
Written 7 November 2019
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019 • Family
The museum is hardly noticeable from the outside, and can only be spotted thanks to the black gated long gate with stars of david. Security is a bit strict, and a passport/id is required. The museum is quite small, its collection diverse (from firman's, ketubot, sifrei torah, documents, objects etc. etc.) and there is a simple and basic explanation of Jewish presence in Turkey. Access to the synagogue is also possible from the museum. The museum also has a small shop with extremely friendly staff (although i suggest you bring cash rather than card!). I highly recommend a visit to anyone who is in the area (which is most tourists since it is right next to galata tower!)
Written 16 July 2019
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Jd M
Amsterdam, The Netherlands27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Very interesting visit and items to see. Comprehensive collection. A must see whilst in Istanbul. It is attached to Neva Shalom Synagogue as well.
Written 3 July 2019
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NicJBoston
Brookline, MA717 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Although this museum of Turkish Jewry shows much the same collection as in its old location, the move to premises belonging to the Neve Shalom synagogue, near the Galata Tower, has allowed great improvements in display, and additional electronic interpretive materials. The collection is comprehensive and moving, the gift shop bright and interesting, and the staff informative. Security is quite tight, understandably.
Written 21 June 2019
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OrlaK
Norwich, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
The background and present day lives of Turkish jews. All the interpretation is also in English & there are some brilliant interviews to watch with Jewish people living in contemporary Istanbul. Located on a busy street in Galata but easy to walk by without noticing. There's no very visible indication of the museum or the synagogue inside. Security is tight, you have to speak to someone outside, hand your passport over & then enter. Helpful staff, Highly recommended
Written 7 February 2019
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